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About the Program

The Primary Care Obesity Management Certificate Program collaborative is well underway planning the 2020/2021 program! Please stay tuned to this page for more information on the upcoming program.

To indicate your interest in the program, please fill out this interest form.

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) have collaborated with the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) to create a certificate program for PAs and NPs in the primary care setting who would like to develop expertise in treating patients affected by obesity. This certificate program involves a 12- to 15-month commitment from participants. The program launched with live workshops at the AAPA’s and AANP’s 2018 annual conferences.  Over the course of the next year, participants will also be required to actively engage in:

  • Quarterly webinars
  • A closed community of practice social learning platform (e.g., AAPA’s Huddle) by interacting with peers and faculty
  • Two modest practice improvement projects with the support of practice improvement coaches and expert faculty

This certificate program is free for AAPA and AANP members as a result of independent medical education grant from Novo Nordisk, and offers participants an exclusive opportunity to improve their practice of obesity management.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to improve your practice of Obesity Management!

Prerequisites for Participation

This certificate program is designed for PAs and NPs in the primary care setting who want to develop their expertise and ability to provide treatment and support to patients affected by obesity. Before enrolling, AAPA prospective participants are required to complete the Obesity Leadership Edge curriculum found in Learning Central, and AANP prospective participants are to complete the Introduction to Primary Care Obesity Management (Modules 1-7). To access these activities PAs should click here, and NPs should click here.

NOTE: If you have already participated in the Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment course from the Obesity Medicine Association, you do not have to complete the online modules.

Below is an overview of the seven required modules:

Module(s) Curriculum Track
Module 1 New Approaches to Adult Obesity and Overweight
Module 2 Evaluating the Patient Who Has Overweight or Obesity
Module 3 Motivational Interviewing for Health Behavior Change
Module 4 Comprehensive Lifestyle Intervention
Module 5 Pharmacologic Therapy
Module 6 Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Devices
Module 7 Implementing Practice Changes to Support Effective Obesity Management
If I Participate, What Will it be Like?

This program is designed to help PAs and NPs who are committed to developing their skills related to obesity management. It will focus on developing their expertise and incorporating that new knowledge into clinical practice. The program is designed to provide learners with support as they move through the steps of implementing changes to their practice. Participants will move through the program interacting with expert faculty, peers, and practice improvement coaches so they will never be alone! Participants will be required to:

  1. Participate in a live workshop held at either AAPA’s or AANP’s Annual Conferences
    • AAPA Workshop held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in New Orleans
    • AANP Workshop held on Friday, June 29, 2018 in Denver
  2. Complete 4 quarterly webinars
  3. Engage in an online learning community
    • Participate in organic and themed discussions
    • Ask questions and receive feedback from colleagues and instructors
    • Share their successes and challenges
  4. Complete 2 modest obesity practice improvement projects aimed at improving your practice
    • Receive hands-on support from coaches
    • Project #1 will be clinically focused
    • Project #2 will be business focused

If you are serious about learning how to help your patients affected by obesity, this is the program for you!

Learn More

We will be holding a series of informational webinars. During the webinar, you will learn more about the certificate program and will have an opportunity to ask questions.

To register for an informational webinar about this program, please click on one of the links below:

  • Webinar 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 8 a.m. EDT
  • Webinar 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. EDT
About the Collaborators

Member Organizations:

Founded in 1968, the American Academy of PAs is the national professional society for PAs. It represents a profession of more than 123,000 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services.

AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. We work to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of PAs. We also enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare.

For this program, AAPA will be responsible for global project leadership, provide accreditation, and oversee outcomes and compliance standards.

Founded in 2013, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners™ (AANP) is the largest full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties.

As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests of more than 234,000 NPs around the country, advocating for the active role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care.

AANP will provide AANP CE credits for the program, oversee CE outcomes and ensure the program is planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

The OMA is the largest organization of clinicians working to advance the practice of obesity medicine and the treatment of patients affected by obesity.

OMA will work with the partners to ensure clinical and scientific rigor is achieved and be responsible for awarding the Primary Care Obesity Management certificate designated for this program.


Educational partners:

The AXDEV Group are experts in the field of behavioural and educational research, educational design, organisational transformation, and management. AXDEV has an evidence-based record of identifying the issues and challenges undermining optimal performance, diagnosing the cause, and evaluating the impact of solutions targeted to overcome those challenges.

AXDEV possesses 20 years of experience assisting healthcare organizations and stakeholders improve:

  • professional competencies
  • interdisciplinary team practices
  • organizational functioning
  • clinical practice efficiency

For this project, AXDEV will be responsible for leading the outcomes assessment design, analysis, and reporting elements of the project.

Over the last decade, Integrated Learning Partners (ILP) has successfully pioneered innovative, team-based training, continuing medical education and patient engagement solutions that have significantly improved clinical and professional competencies, empowered patients and caregivers, and maximized patient health outcomes.

Our seasoned consultants work side-by-side with health systems and medical association leaders, providers, staff, patients, and caregivers to design and implement evidence-based methods with unconventional approaches to advance clinical care and treatment decision-making. We help organizations build internal capabilities to overcome barriers, and implement sustainable initiatives that strengthen the value of services and enhance the quality of care.

For this project, ILP will be responsible for working with the collaborators to architect a training solution specifically for NPs and PAs. ILP will co-lead the project with AAPA, and our coaches will be responsible for supporting learners through a continuous quality improvement (CQI) process designed to initiate meaningful engagement and practice transformation relative to the practice of obesity management.