Obesity Management CME Program



This online CME course is provided by the University of Calgary Office of CME&PD and Alberta Health Services – Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management. It is not a one-time course for your participation but an ongoing portal for your point-of-care access.

You will learn the 5As of obesity management from this self-learning course. It is a weight management framework for primary care providers, created by Dr. Arya Sharma, the scientific director and CEO of the Canadian Obesity Network. The Obesity Management CME Course was designed for primary care practitioners in Alberta to understand the 5As, and to give them a set of practical tools and local resources in obesity counselling and management.

Tools and Resources



After completing this online course, you will be able to:

  • comprehend current obesity management in primary care
  • describe key messages of obesity management
  • recognize and apply the 5As of obesity management in primary care
  • acquire tools to facilitate obesity management into the primary care office



This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 3.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Participants may claim a maximum of 3.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this program at: http://www.cfpc.ca/Linking_Learning_exercises/. Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Accredited Royal College MOC Section 1 and Section 3 credits are eligible for certified Mainpro+ credits, up to a maximum of 50 credits per five-year cycle; any additional credits are eligible as non-certified Mainpro+ credits. MOC Section 3 accredited activities can be claimed at 3 credits per hour up to the cycle maximum.


Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This course was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
  • Speakers disclosure
Speaker Disclosure
Ashlee McGuire PhD

No affiliations (financial or otherwise) with a pharmaceutical, medical device or communications organization

Shahebina Walji MD CCFP

Member of an Advisory Board: Novo Nordisk, on obesity focused issues

Grants: Novo Nordisk, for consulting and speaking for a non-medical audience




Ashlee McGuire PhD (Chair)
Heather Armson MD CCFP
Estifanos Debru MD FRCSC
Chloe Burnett MSc MEd (CME Representative)


  • The development and maintenance of this course is funded by Alberta Health Services – Primary Care & Chronic Disease Management.
  • Canadian Obesity Network – Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO)
  • Calgary Adult Bariatric Specialty Clinic (previous name: Weight Management Program)
  • Dr. Arya M. Sharma
  • Ms. Sasha Wiens