SCOPE Leadership Programme

World Obesity is delighted to announce the launch of the new SCOPE Leadership Programme, providing a unique opportunity for health professionals to learn from leading obesity medicine experts in their daily practice.

SCOPE is launching a brand new Leadership Programme to empower outstanding health professionals to become global leaders in obesity management and treatment. Training will be delivered through various activities and events, including a five-day obesity medicine preceptorship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio USA. The programme will focus on the clinical care of patients with obesity, allowing participants to further enhance their skills and provide them with the tools to establish specialised practices in this area. Participants will gain expert knowledge on obesity and related comorbidities how to address their patients’ nutritional, behavioural and/or surgical needs within a multidisciplinary clinic or in their own clinical environment.

Successful applicants will:

  • Shadow a leading obesity medicine expert in clinical practice at the Cleveland Clinic
  • Receive individualised mentorship on effective obesity management
  • Attend a two-day educational workshop facilitated by a key opinion leader
  • Join a cohort network of global SCOPE Leaders to share their ideas and research initiatives
  • Be eligible for funding to publish open access in one of World Obesity's journals
  • Receive a physical diploma recognising their status as a global SCOPE Leader

The SCOPE Leadership Programme was established by the World Obesity Federation to improve the global treatment of obesity by improving skills and capacity in healthcare services. The programme will create a global pool of obesity experts who will disseminate obesity information to practitioners in their own countries.

Apply to be a SCOPE Leader

Applications for the SCOPE Leadership Programme are now open. Spaces are very limited. Candidates will be chosen based on their commitment to improving the lives of patients with obesity and disseminating knowledge to practitioners in their local communities. Preference will be given to applicants with a record of academic excellence and accomplishments in both clinical practice and basic science or clinical research. 

To qualify for the programme, candidates must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Actively working as a licensed healthcare practitioner for five years or more
  • Clinical experience in treating patients with obesity 
  • Up-to-date SCOPE Certification*
  • Proficient in English
  • Available to attend educational workshop

Applicants must submit their CV, a letter of recommendation from a mentor or department head and two short essays outlining their reasons for applying and their plans for disseminating knowledge to local practitioners (3,000-3,500 characters each). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview via telephone or Skype.

Following completion of the programme, successful candidates will be required to provide a report every six months on the progress of their dissemination plan, to participate in educational research surveys, and to refer at least 10 additional health professionals to become SCOPE Certified within 12 months of the programme’s conclusion. 

*Applicants who are not currently SCOPE Certified may still apply on the provision that certification is obtained prior to the commencement of the programme.


Applications for the SCOPE Leadership Programme are now closed. If you have applied, we will contact you in the coming weeks to inform you of the outcome of your application.

This programme is partially supported by an unrestricted medical education grant from Novo Nordisk A/S.