Continuing Medical Education (CME)
In today's world, continuing education plays a key role in professional development. The Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) offers CME programming in conjunction with multiple departments at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Our programs offer health professionals valuable knowledge and skills as they continue their careers.
Obesity: Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment
Our online 2021 Obesity Course is now open. This course is similar in scope to our 2020 course, with added lectures on weight stigma, ultra-processed foods, and how race and ethnicity affect the development of obesity-related co-morbidities. The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this enduring material for a maximum of 67.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Course registration is $750 with a fellows and students rate of $275. View the course schedule.
Our Obesity course provides an excellent overview for all health professionals; physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and more. For physicians interested in obtaining obesity medicine certification through the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), this course satisfies the ABOM requirement of at least 30 hours of live CME credit on the topic of obesity.
Lifestyle behaviors – including diet, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse, and tobacco use – have been linked to an increased risk of the leading causes of death and chronic diseases in the US and around the world. The challenge of reversing the obesity epidemic has highlighted the need for new ways to teach complex skill sets that effectively target lifestyle behaviors, particularly diet and physical activity. However, most health professionals (with the exception of registered dieticians) have little or no training in the science of nutrition, diet, and physical activity. Moreover, health professionals lack training in facilitating behavior change. Many, in fact, do not engage in nutrition counseling at all.
The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) has established a credentialing protocol, which includes an exam for physicians to become certified in the field of obesity medicine. The Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) at Columbia University is an ABOM Partner Organization; the IHN now offers its long-standing obesity course to prepare physicians for the ABOM exam and to provide CME credits to help physicians meet the requirements to become a Diplomate of the ABOM.