Fellowships and other educational opportunities are available at the Massachusetts General Hospital Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute (OMNI).

The Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute (OMNI) at Massachusetts General Hospital offers fellowships and continuing medical education opportunities in obesity medicine and nutrition.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition is open to candidates who possess a medical degree or a doctorate, and a strong interest in the gastrointestinal regulation of energy balance and metabolic function.

Postdoctoral fellows work collaboratively with several members of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute (OMNI), including other postdoctoral fellows, technologists, clinicians and the clinical research team, the research program manager and the director of OMNI.

Our researchers consistently publish their work in peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences in the field of obesity medicine and bariatric surgery. Through this program, fellows will have the opportunity to present the progress and results of their work both internally at laboratory meetings and externally at scientific conferences and other events. Learn more.

Obesity Medicine and Nutrition Clinical Fellowship

The Obesity Medicine and Nutrition Clinical Fellowship offers two courses of study. The first is a one-year Advanced Subspecialty Fellowship available to trainees who have completed a previous subspecialty fellowship. The second is a two to three-year Clinical and Research Fellowship for recent graduates of residency programs in internal medicine or pediatrics.

The Fellowship in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition has been designed to provide trainees with expertise and clinically relevant experience in the emerging field of obesity medicine, with a primary focus on the evaluation and management of patients with obesity. Fellows will learn how to treat patients with obesity by nutritional, behavioral, pharmacological and surgical means. Additionally, trainees will become knowledgeable about how to effectively address the comorbidities of this disease.

During the first year of fellowship, trainees will spend time in the clinical environment of the Mass General Weight Center learning about obesity, its comorbidities and clinical nutrition. Fellows in the two to three-year Clinical and Research Fellowship will continue on to a clinical or basic research track in the second year of fellowship, which is supervised by a staff member at OMNI.

Upon completion of the Obesity Medicine and Nutrition Clinical Fellowship, graduates will have an advanced understanding of the physiology of body weight regulation and the complexities of this disease. Physicians who have completed the fellowship have continued on to pursue clinical and academic careers focused in obesity medicine and have become leaders in this emerging discipline.

Successful completion of the program will enable trainees to:

  • Assess patients with obesity
  • Determine appropriate treatment plans, including combination therapies
  • Utilize novel therapies for treating obesity
  • Complete full pre-operative evaluations for surgical patients
  • Provide comprehensive post-operative medical and nutritional care for patients
  • Educate physicians in other subspecialties about the emerging field of obesity medicine

Research Students, Internships and Summer Program

OMNI accepts students and interns on a rolling basis. Please email a current CV and cover letter to Nitya Kadambi, Fellowship Coordinator, at nkadambi@mgh.harvard.edu.

Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine

The Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine has provided healthcare professionals across disciplines with the latest evidence-based tools and knowledge to optimize the care of patients with obesity for more than 28 years.

This course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge to:

  • Approach and assess adult and pediatric patients with obesity
  • Identify, evaluate and manage patients with high-risk obesity
  • Provide lifestyle-based therapies for obesity, including nutritional, physical activity and behavioral approaches
  • Use current and emerging pharmacological treatments for obesity
  • Apply effective counseling and behavior modification techniques
  • Manage the post-operative bariatric patient

This annual program, which takes place in late spring, includes didactic lectures, case-based discussions, workshops and panel presentations focused on the prevention and treatment of obesity and related disorders. Physicians from across disciplines hear from leading authorities in obesity medicine, surgery, pediatrics, endocrinology, nutrition and behavioral medicine.

The course also includes a focused Board Review component, taught by recent diplomates of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), to prepare participants for the ABOM Certification Examination in Obesity Medicine.

For more information and to register, please visit Harvard's Continuing Medical Education website.

For specific questions, please email Nitya Kadambi, Course Coordinator, at nkadambi@mgh.harvard.edu.