Pharmacotherapy Principles and Considerations for Weight Management
This is part two of a series of activities focusing on medical weight loss (MWL). This activity will review the rationale, mechanisms of action, and indications for current FDA-approved anti-obesity pharmacotherapies, as well as explore medications that have weight-loss-promoting potential.
This activity is part of a three part series that will explore various aspects related to medical weight loss.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group, Medical and Health & Safety.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, PAs and other health care professionals that have an interest in learning about MWL.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the rationale behind and the indications for the use of anti-obesity pharmacotherapies.
- Describe the mechanisms of action of anti-obesity pharmacotherapies.
- Review the current FDA-approved medications for weight loss and newer medications that have weight-loss-promoting potential.
- Identify the pharmacotherapies that are part of a successful MWL program.
Shiara M. Ortiz-Pujols, MD, MPH
Medical Director of Obesity Medicine
UnitedHealth Group, Medical and Health & Safety
About the presenter
Dr. Shiara Ortiz-Pujols is the Medical Director of the Obesity Medicine Program at UnitedHealth Group (UHG). She completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University. She then went on to receive her MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and MPH at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Her post medical training includes training in surgery, preventive medicine/ population health and obesity medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She continued her studies in obesity medicine as a UHG Clinical Scholar in Obesity Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College under the mentorship of world-renowned obesity physician, Dr. Louis Aronne, and the current director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Dr. Rekha Kumar.
She joined UHG/Medical Affairs as Medical Director of obesity medicine. She has a strong commitment to person-centered, wholistic care and strives to expand high-quality, evidence based, and culturally competent care to all.
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Rafael Campos Do Amaral E Vasconcellos
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
UnitedHealth Group, Medical and Health & Safety
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
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The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group, Medical and Health & Safety. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
Completion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit=One CPEU).
If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation i contact hours (One 60 minute hour=1 CPEU).
RD's and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Performance indicator selection is at the learner's discretion.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.0 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hours.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-21-220-H01-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CDR - Dietitians
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