Participant Experience



Past participants report that this program has inspired and improved their clinical practice and outcomes. Here are a few comments from recent attendees:

“I gained tons of clinical pearls and management suggestions related to adjusting meds for other conditions and using medications to treat obesity. I also learned a lot about monitoring for side-effects.”

“I think what I learned will change completely how I think about overweight/obesity and how I approach patients struggling with this issue.”

“This is certainly one of the best courses I've attended over the past few years. The content is highly relevant, and I now feel more confident to treat patients with obesity effectively.”

“This course offered a more tailored, evidence-based approach to Obesity Medicine. With review of the material I will now be able to offer a more global, and focused therapies to my patients.”

“This course has provided me with a basis to provide more patient-centered, open-minded treatment of my obese patients. It has improved my knowledge of the currently available modalities to treat obesity as well as insight into therapies on the horizon. The small group workshops were particularly helpful in providing practical examples of several treatment strategies.”

“The content presented was very well-rounded from both the scientific as well as from clinical perspective. I learned a significant amount from the physiological basis of obesity that I am hoping to translate into better communication with patients about obesity.”

“I have completely revolutionized my framework about thinking about obesity thanks to Dr. Kaplan. I plan to open a practice, and this will markedly change the way I am going to manage my patients. I feel like I got such a fantastic exposure to the field. I am hoping that I am able to attend this conference again. It was really amazing for me.”

“I can't say enough good things about this course. This course gave me a new theoretical framework in which to conceptualize the disease of obesity; gave me lots of practical information on treatment modalities and gave me a new perspective on how to talk to and work with my patients. I have no doubt that my practice will change for the better as a result of this course.”

“This was my first foray into CME regarding evaluation/treatment of obesity, all was new and pivotal to me. The quality of your speakers was uniformly outstanding. Willingness of speakers to share information about soon-to-be-published research was great.”

“Understanding the set point and role of hormones in actually preventing weight loss was pivotal for me. It unburdens the patient, and helps find methods that will work over time. I am grateful for this knowledge!”

 “Learning about the pathophysiology of obesity will help my patients understand their condition better and reduce the shame they experience. It was also very enlightening for me to look at obesity from a much more compassionate perspective—both toward myself as well as others. This course gave me the tools necessary to educate other clinicians and address obesity from a more scientific perspective.”

“Lee Kaplan could serve as the national model for organizing and conducting medical education courses.”

“The theme of the conference has evolved over the years I have attended and has become much more cohesive. This year it was more than ever the idea of obesity as a heterogeneous disease and a stronger evidence base permitting a repudiation of the idea that one size fits all in terms of treatment.”

“The Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine never fails to nourish us with fresh thinking about obesity.”

“It was very enlightening for me to look at obesity from a much more compassionate perspective- both toward myself as well as others. This course taught me how to use science to help other clinicians get rid of their stigma about obese patients.”

 “I greatly appreciated the obvious care with which this course was presented. Speakers invariably presented an accessible story and made the main ideas intuitively clear, but also provided a comprehensive collection of references for attendees to consult as necessary. The care the speakers took in this course to teach well surely didn't happen by accident. I thank everyone responsible for making this a wonderful course.”

“The approach of this course to obesity is unique in that it truly represents how obesity is a complex disease that requires in depth understanding and research.”

“This is by far the best obesity conference of its kind that I have attended. I received excellent information on surgical options as well as upcoming novel treatments. I especially appreciated the emphasis on pharmacotherapy—all aspects—including identification of weight-inducing medications.”

“The insights into the physiology of obesity, and a better understanding of patients that fail to lose the expected amount of weight, have proven pivotal to my practice, as now I know that there is more to it than diet and exercise. I am also better able to assist bariatric surgeons with management of patients who have failed surgery, and can rely on knowledge gained on the MOA of newer drugs used in the treatment of obesity.”

“This course inspired me to introduce the multidisciplinary approach for management of obesity in our practice and eliminate bias towards patients with obesity.”

“I have become more confident in counseling patients, beginning the conversation, the use of medications, and prescribing exercise to my patients.”

“From my first day back in the office after this course, I changed my practice by considering and discussing with patients a variety of pharmacologic interventions.”

“These were some of the best speakers I have ever heard—and I've been going to medical conferences and courses for 15 years.”

“I have increased recommendations for strength training and can now explain the physiology behind the recommendation, and can better tailor and individualize nutrition care plans using the information and tools provided at this course.”

“Now that I have a much better understanding of the pathophysiology of obesity, I have introduced a more thorough assessment to help determine specific patient contributors to obesity and a patient-specific treatment plan. Understanding obesity as a 'disease state' and the idea of the set point have greatly influenced my practice.”

“I now treat my patients with obesity and post-surgical patients with more sensitivity. I am vigilant about weight gain when prescribing psychotropic medications, and am more comfortable prescribing weight loss meds if other options are not available.”

“I now view patients with obesity in an entirely different light. I can write medications with confidence and have a better understanding of what to do if an intervention does not work for a patient.”

“This was the best scientific course I have ever attended. Great content, dynamic speakers, varied content, all of it useful.”