1. Become Familiar with the Test Content Outline
The written exam is a half-day exam consisting of 250 questions 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 at http://abom.org/wp-content/uploads/TestContentOutline.pdf.
2. Review Textbooks
Bray, G. & Bouchard, C., Handbook of Obesity: Clinical Applications, 3rd Edition, 2008.
Bray, G. & Bouchard, C., Handbook of Obesity: Etiology and Pathophysiology, 2nd Edition, 2004.
Mahan, K.L. & Escott-Stump, S.E., Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th Edition, 2011.
Shils, M.E., Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 11th Edition, 2012.
Steelman, G.M. & Westman, E.C., Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials, 2010.
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/
4. Review the ABOM Sample Test Questions
The Sample Test Questions consist of 50 questions. The Sample Test Questions give candidates the opportunity to review an example of content included in the Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians, and to learn more about question format, style, and level of difficulty.
NOTE: Performance on the Sample Test Questions may differ from actual performance on the Certification Examination. Thus, there is no guarantee that taking the Sample Test Questions will help you pass the Certification Examination. Participants may, however, find it helpful to review content in any areas of weakness indicated prior to taking the Certification Examination.
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.
The New England Journal of Medicine, http://content.nejm.org/
The Journal of Clinical Investigation, http://www.jci.org/
Diabetes Care, http://care.diabetesjournals.org/
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, http://www.pnas.org/
Journal of the American Medical Association, http://jama.ama-assn.org/
Journal of Nutrition, http://jn.nutrition.org/
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, http://www.ajcn.org/
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, http://jcem.endojournals.org/
Endocrinology Journals, http://www.endojournals.org/
International Journal of Obesity, http://www.nature.com/ijo/index.html
Pubmed: Create a free account with NCBI and ask for notifications on new obesity articles to be mailed free of charge.
6. Take the Professional Testing Corporation tutorial
A tutorial can be viewed online at http://www.ptcny.com/cbt/demo.htm.
7. Other Suggested Resources and Study Guides
ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 8th Edition, 2010, American College of Sports Medicine.
American Society of Bariatric Physicians. ASBP Obesity Algorithm®. 2013. www.obesityalgorithm.org. The ASBP Obesity Algorithm aims to provide physicians with an overview of principles that are important for evaluating patients and implementing treatment plans for patients affected by obesity. Among these plans are options for nutrition strategies, exercise prescription, behavior change, weight-loss medications and discussion of surgical options for excess-fat reduction.
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.
Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity – 2007, Childhood Obesity Action Network. http://www.nichq.org/documents/coan-papers-andpublications/COANImplementationGuide62607FINAL.pdf
Fabricatore, A.N., Behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy of obesity: Is there a difference? Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2007; 107:92-99.
Hassink S. Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2007.
Kavey, R.E.W., Simmons-Morton, D.G., & Jesus, J.M., Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents: Summary Report. Pediatrics; 2011, 128(5): S1-44.
Mechanick, I. Jeffrey, Kushner, F. Robert, et al., American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the Perioperative Nutritional, Metabolic, and Nonsurgical Support of the Bariatric Surgery Patient. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 2008; 4: S109 – S184.
Sim, L.A., McAlpine, D.E., Grothe, K.B., et al., Identification and treatment of eating disorders in the primary care setting. Mayo Clin Proc. 2010; 85(8):746-751.
Wadden, T.A., Butryn, M.L., Wilson, C., Lifestyle modification for the management of obesity. Gastroenterology, 2007; 132:2226-2238.
Wren, A.M. & Bloom, S.R., Gut hormones and appetite control. Gastroenterology, 2007, p. 2116-2130
8. Scheduling Your Certification Exam
The Certification Examination is administered during an established two-week testing period on a daily basis, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, at computer-based testing facilities managed by PSI Computer Testing, Inc. PSI has several hundred testing sites in the United States, as well as Canada. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. To find a testing center near you visit: http://www.ptcny.com/cbt/sites.htm or call PSI at (800) 211-2754. Please note: Hours and days of availability vary at different centers. You will not be able to schedule your examination appointment until you have received an Eligibility Notice from PTC.
A Tutorial and a Sample Demonstration Test can be viewed online at http://www.ptcny.com/cbt/demo.htm.
Please visit the American Board of Obesity Medicine Partnering Organizations to learn about CME activities on the topic of obesity.
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