What is Obesity Week?

The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) have joined our resources to co-locate our respective annual meetings under one roof. We have developed the preeminent annual scientific and educational conference covering the full scope of the obesity issue, from cutting edge basic science and clinical research to intervention and public policy discussions that can impact the quality of life for millions who suffer from obesity.

Obesity Week participants will benefit from the educational, networking and scientific synergies created through the collaboration of these international obesity organizations. Programming will cover the full interdisciplinary spectrum and feature the world’s leading experts in their respective fields. A comprehensive agenda will include:

  • Scientific Sessions of both TOS and ASMBS
  • Pre-conference Continuing Education
  • Policy and public health discussions
  • Co-sponsored programming and networking events
  • Industry-sponsored symposia

Why did the two organizations come together?

  • ASMBS and TOS saw an opportunity to provide greater value to attendees by co-locating the two meetings.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from sessions and posters presented by both ASMBS and TOS for a single registration fee. Content for both meetings will be available to all attendees online following the meeting so you don’t miss anything!
  • Members of both organizations will benefit from expanded networking opportunities and the chance to mingle at shared symposia, in the exhibit hall and at designated events. In addition, both ASMBS and TOS will benefit financially through economies of scale. As a larger meeting we were able to negotiate lower rates and improved services on facilities and meeting related expenses.
  • Finally, with a joint exhibit hall, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a broader scope of products and services, and our exhibitors will be pleased to reach a larger audience.

Where will Obesity Week be held?

  • November 11-16, 2013 – Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
  • November 2-7, 2014 – Boston Convention & Exhibit Center, Boston, MA
  • November 2-7, 2015 – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • October 31 – November 5, 2016 – New Orleans, LA

Who should attend Obesity Week?

  • Scientists
  • Clinicians
  • Surgeons
  • Policymakers
  • Anyone interested in obesity prevention and/or treatment

Will the content of The Obesity Society or ASMBS change?

Each organization will maintain its own Annual Meeting Program Committee and build its own program content as it has in the past. The organizations will each host its own meeting with their respective tracks and speakers. The only difference will be a few jointly sponsored-symposia sessions and keynote speakers, a joint social event and shared exhibit hall. In fact, one benefit will be, with double the number of attendees, we have the ability to come together for an internationally recognized keynote speaker. Poster sessions will all be presented in the exhibit hall but in separate sections.

What programming will participants be able to attend?

Obesity Week registrants will have the ability to attend any ASMBS or TOS session they choose. There will be no restrictions or additional fees except for fees for pre-session courses, ticketed events, and only members of the respective organization will be able to attend the Annual Business Meeting or Section Meetings for their organization.

How many (and what kind) of continuing education credits/hours are available?

ASMBS

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery designates this educational activity for a maximum of 39.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credits (up to 44.25 CE contact hours) are provided by Taylor College, Los Angeles, California (possibly may not be accepted for national certification).

APA credits for the ASMBS Masters in Behavioral Health course will be issued by Amedco, LLC for psychologists. This course is co-provided by Amedco and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for a maximum of 10.5 contact hours.

TOS

Physicians

The Obesity Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Obesity Society designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 19.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

International CME

International Physicians are formally eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts Category 1 Credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Dietitians

Registered Dietitians may earn a maximum of 19.00 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) units toward recertification as part of their individualized Professional Development Portfolio program. Each dietitian should record the actual time he/she spent in these activities in their Step 4—Learning Activities Log.

Pharmacists

Accreditation Statement
The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing education. Successful completion of this program qualifies for a maximum of 19.00 contact hours.

Nurses

Aspen CME Services is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Aspen CME Services designates this activity for 19.00 contact hours.

CA Nurses

Aspen CME Services is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP14739, for 19.00 contact hours.

Satisfactory Completion for Credits

All attendees must complete a course attendance/evaluation form online. Each session claimed for credit must be attended in its entirety.

Will the social events be separate or together?

The Opening Reception will be a joint event to give everyone a chance to mix and mingle. Other social and ticketed events will remain separate with some exceptions that allow registrants to purchase tickets to extra events (those decisions are at the discretion of the individual organizations). Lastly, we will come together again on the closing evening of Obesity Week for a fun nighttime AfterDark Event.

How will Obesity Week add more value to the participant?

Registrants essentially receive double the value for their money. Granted not all tracks and sessions of the other organization will be appealing but it is an opportunity to learn from a broadest possible perspective in obesity management from leaders in their respective fields at no extra expense. And, should the registrant choose to only stay with their original organization, they can still access materials after the meeting to see if there are areas of interest for the future. Additionally, registrants will be able to network with a broader range of obesity professionals during the two joint social events and learn about a larger number of products and services, with the joint exhibit hall.