JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) applauds the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates for approving at its 2015 Annual Meeting a resolution that will facilitate a study of obesity education in medical schools and the development of recommendations to address gaps in obesity education. The resolution supported by AACE, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the Endocrine Society, among other groups, was approved at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates (June 5-10).
The adoption of an AACE-sponsored resolution at the 2013 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting that recognized obesity as a disease established the framework for collaborative efforts by the AMA and many stakeholders to advance obesity-specific treatment and prevention.
Subsequently, in March 2014, AACE took a leadership role in obesity education and treatment when it convened the groundbreaking Consensus Conference on Obesity: Building an Evidence Base for Comprehensive Action with stakeholders in the biomedical, governmental, health industry and medical and educational societies. An advanced framework for a new medically actionable diagnosis of obesity was conceived at that conference.
This latest House of Delegates action advances the cause of obesity to include an appropriate level of obesity education and training at medical schools nationwide.
“There are strategies for treatment and prevention uniquely targeted to obesity as a disease,” said AACE president George Grunberger, MD, FACP, FACE. “And while the effective obesity treatment requires a comprehensive care plan encompassing short-term and long-term care of the obese patient and management of obesity complications, many physicians fail to recognize obesity and are not equipped to treat it.”
“Only a few medical schools and residency programs offer training and education in the field of obesity,” Dr. Grunberger added. “While sometimes addressed superficially in curricula relating to type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, or as part of critical care medicine, gastroenterology, surgery, physical medicine and psychiatry, this does not substitute for comprehensive education and training regarding obesity pathophysiology and medical management.
“The appropriate level of obesity curriculum developed by medical schools and residency programs is necessary to ensure the next generation of physicians has the knowledge and skills to provide the care their patients need,” he concluded. “Passage of the resolution on obesity education at the AMA House of Delegates is an important first step towards this goal.”
About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. The majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our website at www.aace.com.