Congratulations! 68 TOS members passed the 1st board exam of Obesity Medicine
The American Board of Obesity Medicine administered its first board exam at computer testing centers around the country Nov. 3-17, 2012. This exam marks a milestone for the field of obesity because it serves as further validation for the study of obesity and its comorbidities. It also heightens the public's expectations of practitioners, as 191 new physicians can now call themselves board certified obesity medicine physicians or diplomates. The complexities of the disease demand that clinicians are competent in assessing, diagnosing and treating the obese. Board certification is yet another means to raise awareness within the medical community of the competencies needed to thoroughly treat patients.
226 sat for the exam
191 passed the exam
68 are TOS members
Registrants came from the following areas of medicine: Endocrinology 9 (4%); Family Medicine 66 (29%); Gastrointestinal 3 (1%); Internal Medicine 96 (42%); OB/GYN 19 (8%); Pediatrics 14 (6%); Preventive Medicine 5 (2%); Sports Medicine 2 (1%); Surgery 12 (5%); Other 12 (5%)
The Obesity Society will continue to support physicians preparing to sit for the board Dec. 7-14, 2013. The TOS practice exam was released in September 2012, a webinar series is slated for release in early 2013 and a live prep course will take place Nov. 11-12, 2013, in Atlanta prior to Obesity Week. Candidates who took the TOS live prep course last September had a 5% better pass rate than the overall average. For more information about TOS' prep curriculum, visit
to view the TOS members that are now ABOM diplomates.
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