Treating the Chronic Disease of Obesity: A Review of Current & Future Anti-Obesity Medications

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 

12:15 – 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

The Hot Topics in Medicine Webinar Series features engaging, live presentations via a virtual platform. The session will explore the current state of anti-obesity medications. Topics discussed will include:

  • Review of pathophysiology of obesity
  • Current and future therapeutic options
  • Mechanisms of action
  • Effectiveness and adverse effects
  • Contraindications
  • Costs
  • Tips for insurance coverage

 The target audience for this course includes primary care physicians, residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical students, and other health professionals.

This course is available at no charge

Presented by

DaskalakisEduardo Grunvald, MD, FACP
Medical Director, Center for Advanced Weight Management
Director, Obesity Medicine

UC San Diego Bariatric and Metabolic Institute
Division of General Internal Medicine
Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery
University of California San Diego

Course Objective

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss why anti-obesity pharmacotherapy is more effective than lifestyle interventions alone
  • Identify the current anti-obesity medications available
  • Describe how medications target the neurobiology of weight regulation
  • Counsel patients on realistic expectations with the use of anti-obesity medications
  • Recognize contraindications and side effects with different agents
  • Apply best practices for getting medications covered by insurance


The University of California San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA: The University of California San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.75 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (report up to 0.75 hours of credit and list "CME Category 1" as the provider number).

Disclosure: It is the policy of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual's control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the CME activity. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker's outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency: This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient's primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UC San Diego CME website.

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