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Exam Resources

Suggested Preparation

1. Become Familiar with the Test Content Outline

The examination is composed of four 60-minute test blocks, each with 50 items, designed to assess the knowledge base and the cognitive and deductive skills of candidates. The Test Content Outline provides a listing of all the subject areas that may be covered on the exam. The Test Content Outline can be viewed here.

2. Review Textbooks 

  • Bray, G. & Bouchard, C. Handbook of Obesity, Fourth Edition, Two Volume set: Handbook of Obesity-Volume 2: Clinical Applications, Fourth Edition, 2014. CRC Press
  • Kushner R, Lawrence V, Kumar S. Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity, 2013. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Mahan, K.L. & Escott-Stump, S.E., Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th Edition, 2011. Saunders
  • Shils, M.E., Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 11th Edition, 2012.Lippincott, Williams &Wilkins.
  • Steelman, G.M. & Westman, E.C., Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials, 2010, CRC Press.

3. Attend a Review Course

Visit The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (www.asbp.org), The Obesity Society (www.obesity.org) and The Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education (www.cme.hms.harvard.edu/courses/practical) to learn about upcoming review courses.

4. Review the ABOM Sample Test Questions

The Sample Test Questions give candidates the opportunity to learn more about question format, style, and level of difficulty. Candidates will receive a free copy of the Sample Test Questions upon application completion.

5. Remain Up-to-date 

Continue to keep abreast of the current evidence in the field.

Journals:

6. Other Suggested Resources and Study Guides

  • ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 9th Edition, 2013, American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Barlow SE; Expert Committee. Expert Committee recommendations regarding the prevention, assessment and treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity: summary report. Pediatrics. 2007; 120 (suppl 4):S164 – S192.
  • Hassink S. Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2007.
  • Jensen MD, Ryan DH, Donato KA, et al. 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS guideline for the management of overweight and obesity in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Society. Obesity 2013. Published online before print November 12, 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/oby.20660
  • Jones DB, Mechanick JI, Youdim A, for the writing group. Clinical practice guidelines for the peroperative nutritional, metabolic, and nonsurgical support of the bariatric surgery patient – 2013 update: Cosponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Obesity 21 (S1), 2013.
  • Mechanick JI, Kushner RF, Sugerman HJ, for the writing group. AACE/TOS/ASMBS Guidelines. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery medical guidelines for clinical practice for the perioperative nutritional, metabolic, and nonsurgical support of the bariatric surgery patient. Obesity 17 (Suppl 1):S1-S70, 2009.
  • Obesity Algorithm® charts 2013-2014, presented by the  American Society of Bariatric Physicians. http://www.obesityalgorithm.org
  • Update in Childhood and Adolescent Obesity. Pediatric Clinics of North America, Editors, Miriam Vos and Sarah Barlow. Dec 2011, Vol 58, Number 6.