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Obesity eCME and medical education – A comprehensive collection


Are you looking to learn more about obesity management? Below you will find a comprehensive collection of medical education resources and platforms to support your continued learning and which allow you to earn CME credits..

It is important to keep up-to-date with recent medical advances in obesity research. Learning about other important aspects of managing your patients with obesity, such as overcoming obesity stigma, will also enable you to offer the best level of care and support for your patients.

The below resources have been developed by independent professional associations and societies. Some have been created using unrestricted educational grants from Novo Nordisk.

What is eCME?

eCME stands for electronic Continuing Medical Education. It consists of a range of educational materials delivered through a digital medium which have been approved for continuing medical education (CME) credits. It may include websites, online modules or apps as well as any other digital materials. eCME is one way you can earn CME points to maintain, develop and increase your medical knowledge and skills. These modules will ensure you have up-to-date knowledge of the latest research and management options in obesity. Our curated collection provides a variety of resources in a range of formats to support you in developing your clinical practice in a way which suits your educational needs. Why not explore some today and take the next step in your obesity management journey?

Explore our curated eCME collection

The Virtual Obesity Clinics Programme is a free educational programme focused on virtual obesity care. This unique programme consists of six modules that have been developed for obesity clinics and healthcare professionals (HCPs) with an interest in delivering high-quality obesity care virtually.


  • How to introduce virtual patient consultations and best practices into an existing obesity clinic model

  • How to implement an integrated care model to support the patient journey within a virtual setting

Audience: Healthcare professionals worldwide who are interested in developing practical skills in initiating and delivering obesity care in the virtual setting and those who wish to advance the delivery of specialised, integrated obesity care.



Each of the six module includes:

  • A one-hour virtual meeting

  • Pre- and post-learning activities to enhance the learning experience

ASCEND is an award-winning, digital streaming platform designed to improve the care of people with obesity and diabetes. Accredited, multi-format, multi-language content provides primary care physicians with practical, interactive micro-learning about weight and diabetes management. Endorsed by EASO, WONCA Europe and PCDE, visit ASCEND to hear world-leading experts share their clinical insights, talk through case studies, address frequently asked questions, and much more!

This is an independent CME-accredited programme. This programme is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk A/S

Themes:  Free educational activities for those involved in management of people leaving with obesity or diabetes.

Audience: ASCEND is designed for primary care physicians and their equivalents worldwide


  • Available on multiple platforms including website and mobile 
  • 20+ hours of interactive content
  • Available in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin and German

Endocrine Society's Endo sessions allow you to search their wide range of eCME for obesity specific content. They have eCME available on topics such as management of obesity, obesity-related complications and the science behind obesity from recent congresses and conferences.

Themes:  Obesity management and science behind obesity. 

Audience: The Endocrine Society is American, however many eCME available on the platform are suitable for physicians outside of the US.


  • Lectures with slides and audio

EASO’s KTS has been developed by global experts to provide education on the science and management of obesity. It combines videos, accredited content, publications and tools to support your learning.

This educational programme was supported through an unrestricted education grant from Novo Nordisk A/S.

Themes: Science behind obesity.

Audience: Country-specific eCME programmes have been developed for Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and the UK. An international programme is available for countries that do not yet have a specific programme.


  • 2,000+ accredited course modules

  • Videos, publications and other tools

  • Virtual events

  • 2,000,000 hours of accredited content

Medscape has a collection of Obesity and Weight Management eCME’s available on their website. The eCME available is primarily focused on obesity-related complications, such as dyslipidaemia, diabetes and cancer. There is also eCME content available from sessions at recent medical conferences.

Some of the educational programmes on this site have been supported by an independent educational grant from Novo Nordisk A/S.

Themes: Obesity-related complications.

Audience: Medscape is focused on US audiences, however many eCME available on their platform are suitable for physicians outside of the US.


  • Free modules and articles

  • Essential clinical tools

This programme from Obesity Canada is designed for healthcare professionals who are looking to further their understanding of the causes and consequences of obesity.

This programme is also suitable for additional preparation for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) exam and the Certified Bariatric Educator Program (CBE).

Themes: Obesity management.

Audience: The online advanced obesity management programme is for healthcare professionals looking to take the next step in the learning continuum to better understand the causes, mechanisms and consequences of obesity while providing you with the necessary tools and strategies to approach, assess and support patients with obesity, but also suitable for healthcare professionals around the world looking to increase their understanding of the themes covered in this programme.


  • 8 modules

  • Certificated programme

  • Full programme takes 16-20 hours 

ObesityCE is an educational website developed by Vindico Medical Education, containing articles, lectures, videos, and clinical cases relating to the following topic areas: appetite regulation, assessment/screening tools, bariatric surgery, comorbidities, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy, and/or weight loss tactics.

There is no cost to access ObesityCE content or to obtain CE credits. The website does not include any product advertisements.

Themes: Free educational activities for healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with overweight or obesity.

Audience: ObesityCE is a resource for any physician or healthcare professional in the US or globally managing patients with overweight or obesity.


  • CME Lectures

  • Simulations

  • Expert videos 

ObesityWeek OnDemand allows you to catch up on ObesityWeek sessions selected by members of the Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee. The available sessions which are eligible for CME credit are listed here and they cover a range of topics including obesity treatment advances.

Themes: Clinical and research advances in obesity.

Audience: ObesityWeek is an international congress and covers the latest research from across the globe and is suitable for all healthcare professionals and investigators interested in obesity.


  • Access from computer, tablet or smartphone

  • MP3 format for on the go

  • Key presentations  

  • Comprehensive bench-to-bedside updates

Advanced training in obesity

If you want to take the next step in your practice of obesity management, why not consider taking one of the below certifications in obesity management? The programmes seek to recognise physicians with specialised knowledge in the management of obesity and hope to ensure there are more physicians equipped with the necessary skills to treat obesity effectively.

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for assessment and credentialing physicians. Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialised knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care.

Themes: Obesity management.

Audience: Eligibility requirements include an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada and proof of completion of a residency in the U.S. or Canada.


  • Revision materials

  • Sample test questions

SCOPE is the only internationally recognised certification in obesity management. The programme aims to develop a consistent approach for managing obesity. SCOPE combines e-learning, live courses, sessions and lectures which allow users to earn SCOPE points which count towards their SCOPE certification.

The educational programme was partially supported through an unrestricted education grant from Novo Nordisk A/S.

Themes: Obesity management.

Audience: This educational programme is internationally recognised and suitable for all healthcare professionals practising obesity medicine.


  • Accredited e-learning courses

  • Online live training days

  • Webinars 

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of eCME?

Getting your CME credits electronically has lots of benefits:

  • Flexible – Access materials at a time and place which suits you. With multiple formats, you can even access on the go.

  • Up-to-date – Due to the digital nature, eCME content can be updated easily to ensure that it matches the current best practices. 

  • Measurable – Easily monitor your achievements and CME points gained.

  • Consistent content – All HCPs can access the same quality of content.

  • Individualisation – You can tailor your learning to your individual needs and interests by choosing specific eCME courses in a format which suits your learning style.

Why do CME credits matter?

Continuing Medical Education is important to healthcare professionals because most countries and medical licensing boards require a certain number of CME credits to allow HCPs to maintain their medical licenses. This is to ensure that HCPs are continuing to develop their learning and keep up-to-date with the latest gold-standard practices.

What is the difference between CME and CPD?

Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are often used interchangeably. However, CME is one part of CPD since CPD is the overall process of developing as a professional which includes medical education but could also include the development of professional qualities such as HCPs developing their teaching, research projects, clinical writing and leadership skills.

How can I get free CME credits?

How do I claim CME credits?

Each resource will have instructions on how to claim CME credits, often once you have completed the activity you will have a certificate to download which can be added to your portfolio.

How much CME do I need?

  • UK: All licensed doctors, physicians and surgeons are expected to complete CPD annually and CME activities are included within this. As part of good medical practice, all doctors are responsible for identifying their learning needs and creating a plan to address these. Doctors need to complete revalidation every 5 years and must show evidence that the required amount of CPD has been completed. Different medical and surgical specialties have their own CPD requirements, typically in hours.

  • Worldwide: Check with your medical licensing board to find out how much CME is required to keep you up-to-date.

HQ21OB00153, Approval date: September 2021

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