Rockpointe Launches New Obesity CME Program on Amazon Alexa-enabled Platforms

Rockpointe and joint provider Boston University School of Medicine have launched a new CME activity on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices through the AudioEducate platform.

The activity is designed to provide clinicians with the latest evidence regarding obesity management in a form that can be readily integrated into practice. Clinicians also will receive real-world strategies for effectively addressing weight with their patients and initiating conversations that can begin to reverse the obesity trend that pervades society.

Factors driving the epidemic are numerous, including patient and clinician attitudes toward weight loss, a lack of clinician familiarity with guidelines, a lack of effective long-term weight-loss options, and a hesitancy among physicians to recognize obesity as a medical condition and discuss weight management with their patients. Recent evidence demonstrates that primary care providers are hesitant to recommend weight-loss pharmacotherapies even in guideline-recommended settings, and many clinicians treating obesity who do recommend pharmacotherapies prescribe them for too short of a course.

This free CME activity, “Fighting the Uphill Battle: Current Evidence in Obesity Management,” is designed for primary care clinicians (including family medicine and internal medicine physicians) who care for patients with obesity. Each of the three available modules take 15-20 minutes to complete and tackle one of the following educational objectives:

  • Module 1: Adopt strategies to foster effective discussions about weight loss with patients who are overweight.
  • Module 2: Evaluate the roles and risks/benefits of behavioral and pharmacological weight-loss interventions.
  • Module 3: Integrate guideline recommendations for assessing obesity in patients and making evidence-based recommendations for weight loss.

Program faculty include Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA, who is the Medical Director of the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center Inc. (L-MARC) in Louisville, KY; and Donna Ryan, MD, FTOS, Professor Emerita at Pennington Biomedical in Baton Rouge, LA and current President of the World Obesity Federation. She is also Associate Editor-in-Chief of the journal Obesity.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc. and it has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and Rockpointe. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

To take the course, simply register online at; then tell your Alexa-enabled device to enable the “Audio Educate skill” and ask for new programs.

For those who don’t own an Alexa-enabled device, “Fighting the Uphill Battle: Current Evidence in Obesity Management” is also available as a webcourse at

This CME activity is available through March 15, 2020. The unique format allows participants to listen to the presentations at their own convenience, from the comfort of their home or office, using an Alexa-enabled device.

Through effective continuing medical education, Rockpointe strives to improve and advance the quality of patient care. Its educational programs have been at the forefront of new issues in healthcare, including implementing MACRA, combating the nation’s opioid crisis, and utilizing technical advances that improve care. As part of its commitment to quality, Rockpointe works to inform the continuing-education community of significant quality-improvement issues through news and analysis on Policy and Medicine. In addition, its popular Medical Education Exchange (MEDX) CME regional meetings include sessions on the basics of quality improvement and alternative payment models, as well as relevant and scientifically accurate sessions on numerous disease states. All sessions include links back to associated National Quality Priorities to reinforce the bigger picture and the triple aim of: 1) improving health and 2) lowering cost to 3) better the patient experience. At Rockpointe, education equals quality.

To learn more about or register for this free CME, visit or click here.

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