Obesity Medicine Track


The mission of the Obesity Medicine Track (OM-Track) is to train future family physicians with an interest in Obesity Medicine in caring for overweight and obese patients and families.

Our Training Site

Our primary training site is the Latterman Family Health Center. The office provides a wide range of primary and preventive care services to the residents of McKeesport and surrounding communities. The OM-Track will draw patients from an already established base at the clinic, but will also be open to consultations for primary care physicians in the surrounding area. The track participants will work in coordination with nutritionists and physical therapists at UPMC-McKeesport to help guide care for patients. Patients requiring surgical services may be sent to the Oakland campus.

Program Summary

In the Obesity Medicine track, residents will be responsible for clinical care of patients as well as non-clinical longitudinal learning activities to prepare them for the American Board of Obesity Medicine ® Boards to be taken after graduation. The track is a longitudinal 2-year program starting at the beginning of PGY-2 or PGY-3. Residents are expected to see a diverse age range of patients and treat the family from a holistic perspective addressing unique biopsychosocial concerns. Residents will build and maintain a panel of patients including overweight, obese, previous weight loss, and post-weight loss surgery. They are expected to manage weight loss medications, counsel on diet and nutrition, recommend appropriate physical activity, and counsel on specific risks inherent to obesity. A primary goal of their plan should be medically meaningful weight-loss important for the primary & secondary prevention of obesity related conditions. They should feel comfortable managing post-op bariatric surgery patients in coordination with a bariatric surgeon and nutrition team. Residents will work on a mandatory longitudinal scholarly project addressing an area of interest in Obesity Medicine. Residents are required to attend an Obesity Medicine Conference in their 2nd or 3rd year of residency and complete 30 additional CME credits in preparation for the ABOM exam.

At the conclusion of their residency, Obesity Medicine track residents will meet requirements to sit for both

  1. The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) examination
  2. The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) exam that may be taken after graduation and ABFM certification

Track Faculty

  • Directors: Emeil Shenodua, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Pharmacy Support: Nicole Likar, Clinical PharmD
  • Nutrition Support Services Available for Consultation
  • Bariatric Surgeons available for rotational experience: Dr Giselle Hamad
  • Pediatric Weight Specialists: Dr. Silva Arslanian and Dr. Heba Ismail

Curricular Outline


  • Bimonthly Obesity Continuity Clinic
  • Resident may choose a manageable scholarly project related to Obesity Medicine in primary care (QI projects particularly encouraged).
  • Should earn at least 30 Obesity & Obesity-Related condition specific CME credits over course of PGY2 and PGY3.
  • Attend a CME course in Obesity Medicine endorsed by the American Board of Obesity Medicine to obtain at least 30 hours of CME during the conference

due to scheduling, some requirements may be met during 2nd or 3rd year


  • Bimonthly Obesity Continuity Clinic
  • 2 - 4 week Obesity Medicine Elective with Dr. Silva Arslanian and Dr. Heba Ismail or Dr Hamad
  • Regular participation in teaching/learning case conferences and other didactics that address core topics
  • Present at least 1 Obesity Medicine journal club article
  • 2nd and 3rd year residents will jointly present an afternoon on 4 topics of Obesity Medicine during a Core Grand Rounds:1 hour dedication to childhood obesity, 1 hour dedicated to medication, 1 hour dedicated to dietary management, and 1 hour on a topic of their choice


  1. Meet all core FM residency requirements as detailed by the residency program
  2. Meet Obesity Medicine Track Curriculum objectives
  3. Maintain a bi-monthly weight loss clinic. Residents will be expected to assume responsibility for high quality and comprehensive care for their patient panel. It will be expected that any absences from clinic are brought to the attention of the track director in advance.


Program Budgeted

How to apply

The track will admit one 2nd year and one 3rd year resident. Interested residents will need to complete the Obesity Medicine Track Resident Application. Residents should be familiar with requirements of the track and be prepared to complete all coursework prior to completion of the track. Residents are required to write and attach a 1-2 page essay on what the additional training offers to their future practice. The residents In-Training Exam score and year performance evaluation will be taken into consideration. Their application must be signed off by their Faculty Advisor.