Weight Wellness Day: Obesity Treatment Boot Camp

Dallas, TX US
October 14, 2023



MORNING SESSION 9am to 12pm (for the general public)


AFTERNOON SESSION 11am to 4pm (for healthcare professionals)

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    • Physicians wanting CME credit-$100; Registration for all others (no CME credit) – FREE

The “Obesity Treatment Boot Camp” course has been designed to provide health care providers with practical advice for achieving healthy weight loss in patients with overweight and obesity. The course is divided into four sessions addressing:

     1) how the currently available obesity treatments are impacting people who live with obesity and public perceptions of obesity;

     2) motivational dietary and lifestyle intake;

     3) medications available to achieve weight wellness; and

     4) weight loss surgery options.

In addition to didactic lecture presentations and ample interactive Q&A after each session, patient vignettes that reinforce these concepts have been integrated into the course, as well as speaker panel discussions. This course is designed to be of benefit to Primary care providers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and specialists in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and Surgery seeking practical knowledge integrating evidence based medicine relating to care of patients with overweight and obesity.​​​​​

Target Audience

MORNING SESSION - General public

AFTERNOON SESSION - Primary care providers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and specialists in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and Surgery seeking practical knowledge integrating evidence-based medicine relating to care of patients with overweight and obesity. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how currently available obesity treatments are affecting the lives and health of persons with obesity
  • Recognize changing trends in public perceptions of obesity
  • Apply the technique of motivational interviewing to best assess dietary intake of their patients.
  • Confidently prescribe the optimal medications to achieve weight loss.
  • Develop an integrated, multi-faceted treatment plan for their patients with obesity that may include bariatric surgery.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA
  • 4.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/14/2023 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/14/2023 - 4:00pm CDT


WelcomeJeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D.9–9:40 a.m.Medications to help lose weight and curb appetite - Chellse Gazda, M.D.Several medications are now available to treat obesity. In this session, participants will learn about the different types of medications designed to aid in weight loss and appetite suppression, their mechanisms of action, potential benefits and side effects, and how they can be used together with lifestyle modifications to achieve weight loss goals. Moreover, the seminar will cover the criteria for prescribing these medications and their accessibility through medical professionals.9:40–9:45 a.m.5-minute break9:45–10:55 a.m.Building a nourishing plate - Jaclyn Albin, M.D., and Milette Siler, RD, LD, CCMS* Live cooking demonstrationIn this session, a physician and dietician who specialize in Culinary Medicine will present an interactive cooking demonstration. The presentation aims to showcase how patients can enjoy delicious and affordable food while making healthy dietary changes that are both nourishing and accessible.10:55–11 a.m.5-minute break11:00 a.m.–NoonWhy 2023 is a pivotal year for obesity care - Ted Kyle, RPh, M.B.A.After decades of efforts to cope with steadily rising rates of obesity affecting people more severely, we are finally beginning to have better tools for helping with it. How is this affecting the people who live with obesity and the public perception of this complex chronic disease? Conscien Health founder Ted Kyle will describe the changes we're experiencing and what may lie ahead.Noon–1 p.m.Lunch break



Obesity Treatment Bootcamp

1–1:45 p.m.How to perform a motivational dietary intake with your patients - Jeff Schellinger, M.C.N., RD, CSOWMIn this seminar, registered dietician Jeff Schellinger will demonstrate how to conduct a motivational dietary intake with patients. The presentation will cover strategies for identifying patients' dietary goals, barriers to change, and readiness to make changes. Schellinger will discuss the use of motivational interviewing techniques to build rapport with patients and elicit their intrinsic motivation to make healthy dietary changes. The seminar will include practical tips for developing personalized dietary plans tailored to individual patients' needs and preferences.1:45–2:30 p.m.Practical aspects of using available obesity medications - Jaime Almandoz, M.D., M.B.A., FTOSHighly effective medications are revolutionizing the treatment of obesity. Patient-centered care includes knowing when to recommend additional therapies for weight loss and which ones to choose. This session will review the mechanisms of action and use of approved anti-obesity medications, including newer and emerging therapies.2:30–3:15 p.m.Weight loss surgery options for your patients - Melanie Hafford, M.D.This presentation by bariatric surgeon Dr. Melanie Hafford will cover the different surgical options available to assist in weight loss. The presentation will review the benefits, risks, and success rates associated with each type of weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding. Dr. Hafford will discuss the criteria for patient selection, preoperative preparation, and postoperative management.3:15–4 p.m.Patient vignettes - moderated by Jeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D.A panel discussion of patient cases, among today's speakers, that will expand on the concepts introduced earlier in the day.4:00 p.m.Closing remarksJeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
South Campus - D1.600 Lecture Hall
Dallas, TX 75390
United States

Accreditation Statement

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statements

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center certifies that non-physicians will receive an attendance certificate stating that they participated in the activity that was designated for 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Available Credit

  • 4.00 AMA
  • 4.00 Attendance


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MORNING SESSION 9am to 12pm (for the lay community)