Individualizing Obesity Management  


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Program Medium

Internet-based program

Estimated Time to Complete Educational Activity

2.5 hours

Course Overview

In this web-based program, physicians will learn how recent advances in basic and clinical research have helped to advance the understanding of treatment advances in the management of obesity

Release Date

May 07, 2014

Expiration Date

May 07, 2016

Method of Physician Participation Utilized in Learning Process

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period May 7, 2014 through May 7, 2016, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity, and are expected to view all 6 segments totaling 2.5 hours to successfully complete the activity and earn CME credit; 3) register and complete the evaluation form and post-test; 4) score 100% on the post-test; and 5) print out your CME certificate.


Participation in this WebCAST is complimentary, and clinicians are invited to view this CME-certified program and/or share this invitation with other colleagues, departmental staff members, and healthcare professionals.

Grantor Support


Supported by an educational grant from Eisai, Inc.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and CMEducation Resources, LLC. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.

Program Faculty and Disclosure

KENNETH FUJIOKA, MD – Program Co-Chair
Director, Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center
Director, Center for Weight Management
Scripps Clinic
La Jolla, CA

Consultant: Orexigen, Novo Nordisk, Zafgen, NPS, Eisai, Nazura, Pathway Genomics, Isis Speaker’s Bureau: Abbott, NPS, Eisai, Vivus Grant/Research Support: Orexigen, Novo Nordisk, Enteromedics, NPS, Eisai, Weight Watchers

LEE KAPLAN, MD, PhD – Program Co-Chair
Director, Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Institute
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Scientific Advisor: Ethicon, Astra Zeneca, Eisai, GI Dynamics, MedImmune, Novo Nordisk, Rhythm, Takeda, Vivus, Zafgen
Grant/Research Support: Ethicon

Director, Center for Lifestyle Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Consultant: Novo Nordisk, Vivus, Retrofit
Grant/Research Support: Weight Watchers, Aspire Bariatrics

Attending Physician
The New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Professor of Metabolic Research
Weill-Cornell Medical College
New York, NY 

Consultant: Eisai, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Novo Nordisk, Vivus, Zafgen
Grant/Research Support: Medical University of South Carolina, Novo Nordisk, GI Dynamics, Aspire Bariatrics
Ownership Interest: Cardiometabolic Support Network, LLC, Myos Corporation, Zafgen
Board of Directors: Myos Corporation

Program Managers Disclosure

Gideon Bosker, MD – Reviewer/Planning Committee
Nothing to disclose

Denise Leary – Planning Committee
Nothing to disclose

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Detail the scope, financial burden, morbidity, and urgency of addressing the problem of obesity and overweight status in the United States;
  • Explain the clinical and therapeutic importance of achieving moderate weight loss with drug-based therapy and observing improvements in cardiometabolic markers associated with moderate weight loss;
  • Recognize the pivotal importance and roles of such behavioral features as hunger, craving impulses, and food consumption triggers that may be mitigated by pharmacologic agents affecting CNS appetite centers;
  • Initiate a dialogue with patients about the benefits, expectations, outcomes, and biomarker changes associated with pharmacology-based treatment of obesity;
  • Recognize and apply the clinical criteria for being overweight or obese, and the implications of this classification on other health markers and disease states, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and related disease states;

Hardware and Software Requirements:

To participate in this program, viewers must have a PC or Macintosh computer that has active, ongoing internet access for the duration of the program, as well as a compatible Flash-viewer. An email address is required for registration, and a printer is required to print out the CME certificate.

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