Recertification for Obesity Medicine Physicians, December 3 – December 10, 2016, administered at Computer-Based Testing Centers throughout the United States.

August 30, 2016 Application Deadline: $500

Diplomates have time-limited board certification status for seven years. Recertification requires submitting an application and taking the certification examination.

Once recertification is required, the following items must be submitted with the examination application.

Qualifications for Recertification

1. A copy of each of the state, providence or jurisdictional licenses in which the applicant currently practices medicine.

2. Proof of completion of U.S. or Canadian medical residency.

3. Active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent.

4. A minimum of seventy (70) credit hours of continuing medical education (CME) recognized by the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 Credits on the topic of obesity are required for recertification.* At least thirty five (35) credit hours must be obtained by participation and attendance at a conference. The other thirty (35) credit hours may be obtained by at-home CME activity. The seventy (70) credit hours can be completed within the seven (7) years prior to recertification. A copy of the applicant’s CME certificates should accompany the application.


OBESITY-RELATED CME POLICY: The ABOM Test Content Outline is used to determine the applicability of CME credit hours when those hours are obesity-related, e.g, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and not obesity-specific. The ABOM maintains this standard to ensure that exam candidates are participating in CME activities that support their obesity medicine practice.

Please follow the guidelines below when submitting CME credits on obesity-related topics:

  • If the course title is not clearly on the topic of obesity or on one of the topics listed on the Test Content Outline, you must submit a written statement describing how the course is relevant to the practice of obesity medicine along with your CME credit documentation.
  • Requests for obesity-related course credit may be reviewed by a physician subcommittee of ABOM’s board of directors.
  • For CME credits earned through courses that are broad in scope (e.g. MKSAP ABIM exam prep courses), only those credit hours on obesity-specific hours will be considered valid. You must follow the above guidelines if you would like ABOM to consider obesity-related credits earned from such courses.

2. CME credit hours from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians Fall 2016 meeting and The Obesity Society 2016 ObesityWeek  meeting will be valid for the 2016 ABOM examination application with meeting registration documentation submitted with all other application requirements. ALL OTHER CME credit (in-person and at-home) must be completed and documented at the time of application.

*Recognition by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Mainpro M1 credits and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) MOC Section 1 credits on the topic of obesity will also be accepted.