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The conference will take place in-person from from Friday, April 27 - Saturday, May 1 in Atlanta, Georgia and will feature both Proficiency and Masters tracks.
The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) will hold its annual spring conference from Friday, April 27 - Saturday, May 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend through the Digital Experience (DX) held virtually from May 18-21.
The conference will focus on treating obesity at its root, in order to manage a patient’s obesity-related conditions and help a variety of clinicians gain practical strategies to address the condition, from primary care to obesity specialists.
This year, attendees at the in-person conference have the new opportunity to build out their own personalized schedule by adhering to the Proficiency (intermediate) or Masters (advanced) Track, or even a mix of both.
“OMA believes that no two practitioners/learners/attendees are the same,” said Ethan Lazarus, MD, President, Obesity Medicine Association. “Attendees at our spring conference will have the opportunity to build their own personalized schedule, and create their own obesity medicine learning journey.”
The Proficiency track expands on foundational knowledge in obesity treatment and available medicines, with sessions focusing on the integration of skills with an emphasis on practical treatment strategies, treating patients in special populations, and other essentials in obesity medicine.
The Masters track will be more specialized for each individual attendee to enhance knowledge and skills. Presentations are said to focus on care-based, real life studies in order to challenge the attendees knowledge of obesity and medicine and advance understanding of both the disease and its treatment strategies.
“Whether they consider themselves a master in anti-obesity medications, but more intermediate in nutrition, they can customize their session schedule to fit their needs,” Lazarus said.
In each track, clinicians can learn more about the pathophysiology of obesity, the evaluation of patients for obesity and related diseases through non-stigmatizing communication, the four treatment pillars of obesity treatment, and how to develop treatment plans using this knowledge.
“Clinicians want to learn the tools to help their patients succeed,” Lazarus said. “Specifically, they are drawn to learning to actually implement the 4 pillars of obesity treatment.”
"We know that intensive lifestyle intervention is important, but what does that look like in a medical practice,” Lazarus continued. “How do we actually deliver this important tool? How do we counsel patients on healthy eating, improving physical activity? How do we utilize pharmacotherapy most effectively and safely?”
The conference will additionally feature 2 keynote speakers: Betsy Allen Manning on “Reset & Recharge: Discover Mindset & Productivity Habits That Reduce Stress, Burnout & Negativity, So You Can Enjoy Your Work & Life Again” and Jason Fung, MD on “Intermittent Fasting - DeMystified.”