Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS
Director, National Center for Weight and Wellness
Medical Director, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance
George Washington University
Milken Institute School of Public Health
Washington, DC

Royalty: Johns Hopkins University Press, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Wolters-Kluwer
Consulting Fee: Eisai, Novo Nordisk, Orexigen, Takeda, Vivus
Board of Directors: American Board of Obesity Medicine, Playworks DC

Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FACP, FTOS
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Intellectual Property/Patent: Retrofit
Consulting Fee: Novo Nordisk, Takeda, Weight Watchers, Zafgen
Contracted Research: Aspire Bariatrics, Takeda

Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP
Medical Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management
Director, Geisinger Obesity Institute
Medical Director, Employee Wellness
Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA

Consulting Fee: Eisai, Novo Nordisk, Takeda, Vivus
Speakers Bureau: Eisai, Novo Nordisk, Takeda, Vivus

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Support Statement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk, Inc.

Activity Details

Credit Type: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Credit Amount: 1.25 credit hour
Release Date: December 20, 2016
Expiration Date: December 20, 2017
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 1.25 hours
Registration Required: No
Fee for Activity: There is no fee for participating in this activity.

External Reviewer

Ronald Codario, Jr., MD
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose

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Credit Designation

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, December 20, 2016 to December 20, 2017.

How to Participate in this Activity and Obtain CME Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, complete one or more scenarios (3 total), complete the CME posttest questions, and complete and return the registration form and evaluation. To receive credit, at least one simulation scenario must be completed with a score of three or more stars (out of five stars). Completion of more scenarios will result in more available credit up to the maximum credit for this activity. Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate commensurate with the credits received.   


Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years and is considered a health care epidemic in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects more than 78 million adults in the United States. Obesity is also a risk factor for some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Despite the availability of clinical practice guidelines and effective therapies, they are not utilized by many providers. This educational program will provide health care providers with practical knowledge to optimally manage patients with overweight and obesity. In this virtual patient management simulator, an authentic in-office setting with patient interaction will be presented. This simulation will allow authentic practice in implementing guidelines and treatment strategies across an array of increasingly challenging clinical presentations.

Target Audience

This program is designed for primary care physicians, family physicians, general practitioners, internal medicine physicians, endocrinologists, bariatric surgeons, obesity medicine specialists, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with obesity.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Use evidence-based guidelines and algorithms to effectively screen, diagnose, and manage patients with obesity.
  • Incorporate best practices for facilitating adherence to behavioral and lifestyle modifications in patients with overweight or obesity.
  • Apply current clinical safety and efficacy data when using adjunctive pharmacotherapy to treat obesity.
  • Assess the use of pharmacotherapy for obesity in patients with specific comorbidities to optimize medication use in these patients.
  • Assess and then refer appropriate patient candidates for bariatric surgery, and provide effective post-surgical management to improve long-term success.

Copyright Statement

This CME simulation activity is licensed to Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Copyright © 2016 Syandus Inc. and Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this simulation activity may be reproduced without written permission from Vindico Medical Education and Syandus Inc. The material presented in this Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activity does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education or Syandus Inc. Neither Vindico Medical Education, Syandus Inc. nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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