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Obesity Medicine Fellowship

Johns Hopkins is home to one of the nation's fellowship training programs in obesity medicine, and is a member of the Obesity Medicine Fellowship Council. The Johns Hopkins Obesity Medicine Fellowship will welcome its first fellow in July 2021, and is supported by an Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program Development Grant. Only citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply to this track.

What makes the Johns Hopkins Obesity Medicine Fellowship special?

The fellowship offers a diverse array of clinical training experiences within obesity medicine. Fellows dedicate patient care time at the Johns Hopkins Healthful Eating, Activity and Weight Program under the supervision of faculty preceptors certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. This experience provide in-depth training in adult obesity medicine, including group visits and management of conditions associated with obesity. In addition, fellows will spend time observing and working in other settings – including Bariatric Surgery in both the clinic and operating room settings, pediatric obesity medicine at the Mt. Washington Weigh Smart Program, psychological evaluations at the Obesity Behavioral Medicine Program, and minimally invasive procedures performed by the Concierge Bariatric Endoscopy Program. The program supports the development and advancement of skills in obesity medicine by dividing the fellowship experience into three key blocks:

  • Block 1: For the first 20 weeks, the overall aim is for the fellow to establish a foundation of knowledge of the key elements of obesity medicine. During these weeks, the fellow will have protected time (40 half-day sessions) to complete an online didactic curriculum on core obesity medicine content and participate in programming to build skills in motivational interviewing and patient engagement. In addition, the fellow will shadow registered dieticians at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Nutrition Clinic (10 half-day sessions) to gain a better understanding of nutrition as well as appreciate the role of the dietician in weight management. The fellow will begin clinical work at the Johns Hopkins Healthful Eating, Activity and Weight Program (6 half-day sessions per week), which will continue throughout their training year.
  • Block 2:The overall aim for the subsequent 20 weeks is for the fellow to gain experience with bariatric surgery and pediatric obesity medicine. During these weeks, the fellow will spend 20 half-day sessions in the outpatient setting in bariatric surgery, as well as 20 half-day sessions observing bariatric procedures in the operating room. The outpatient experience with bariatric surgery will enable the fellow to understand the preoperative evaluation as well as post-operative care from the surgical perspective. In addition, the fellow will spend 20 half-day sessions with a pediatric obesity medicine program, the Mt. Washington Weigh Smart Program, which is an intensive multi-disciplinary program. With this experience, the fellow will learn obesity medicine strategies in a pediatric population. The fellow continues their clinical work at the Johns Hopkins Healthful Eating, Activity and Weight Program (6 half-day sessions per week).
  • Block 3: For the final 10 weeks, the overall aim is for the fellow to gain experience with psychology and bariatric endoscopy. During these weeks, the fellow will spend 10 half-day sessions shadowing and observing psychological evaluations, specifically pre-bariatric surgery assessments as well as management of obesity-related eating disorders (e.g., binge eating disorder) at the Johns Hopkins Obesity Behavioral Medicine Program. In addition, the fellow will spend 10 half-day sessions shadowing and observing bariatric endoscopic procedures such as gastric balloons and post-procedural management in the outpatient setting.

Program Details

The fellowship also offers two tracks – clinician and clinician-investigator – to better address the training needs of fellows.

Clinician Track

This predominantly clinical-focused track is 12 months in length. Approximately 90% of the fellows’ time will be dedicated to patient care in obesity medicine and clinical didactics. In addition to clinical training, fellows will have approximately 10% of their time available to participate in ongoing clinical research, teaching, or quality improvement and patient safety activities.

Clinician-Investigator Track

After completing the first clinical-focused year as described above, the fellow transitions to the Johns Hopkins General Internal Medicine (GIM) Fellowship  to complete clinical research training to become a clinician-investigator in obesity. This additional clinical research fellowship may last two to three years, and fellows on this track maintain their clinical practice in obesity medicine at the Johns Hopkins Healthful Eating, Activity and Weight Program (up to 20% of their time) during the clinical research training period. Johns Hopkins GIM encourages research in many areas of methodologic and content expertise, offering research training in tandem with other programs of excellence across Johns Hopkins University. Only citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply to this track.

Fellowship Administration

Kimberly Gudzune, MD, MPH, FTOS

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
2024 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-600
Baltimore, MD 21287
Email: gudzune@jh.edu

Fellowship Advisory Committee

For specific questions, please contact Julie Kurtz, Obesity Medicine Fellowship Coordinator.