Up to 9 AMA PRA Category 1 hours of CME credit are available - US and EU


1. Email FDRS and we will send you a code to obtain the credit through ACHLcme.org. Email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. Watch the 18 videos found at the links below (9 hours viewing time total). Note that some slide presentations can be found elsewhere on this site. You may find this file helpful to keep track of your progress.

3. Receive credit - US Surgeons, NPs, PAs

    Go to ACHLcme.org
Click on “Use Certificate Code”
    Enter the code provided by FDRS
    Create an account
    Complete the course evaluation
    Select how many CME credits you are claiming (i.e.1 hour of participation = 1 credit)
    CME/participation certificate will be immediately available to print, email or save
    Questions regarding credit may be directed to ACHL at (877) 444-8435, ext. 160.

4. International physicians (MD, DO or international equivalent)

    Convert US CME credits to EACCME equivalent here

CME Information

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) and the Fat Disorders Research Society (FDRS). The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosures

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) requires that the faculty participating in a CME/CE activity disclose any relevant affiliation or other financial relationship (1) with the manufacturers of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation. Conflict resolution must occur prior to the CME/CE activity. The ACHL also requires participating faculty to disclose when unapproved/unlabeled uses of a product are discussed in a CME/CE activity.

The following financial relationships have been provided:

Karen Herbst, PhD, MD
Grants/Research Support:  Lipedema Foundation

Karen Beltran
Grants/Research Support:  WAESO- Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities

Eva Sevick-Muraca, PhD
Shareholder: NIRF Imaging
Grants/Research Support: Kimberly Clarke and Tactile Medical

Yvonne Russell, RN, CLT
Board Member: Fat Disorders Research Society
Owner: Lipedema Products 

The remaining faculty and planners have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose.

Staff and Reviewer Disclosures

ACHL staff members and others involved with the planning, development, and review of the content for this activity have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose.

Sponsored by The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning

Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, researchers, and therapists, who treat patients with lipedema and Dercum’s disease. Patients and care takers will also benefit from this meeting.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1.  Differentiate patients with lymphedema, obesity and venous disease from patients with lipedema and Dercum’s disease

2.  Assess the type of Dercum’s disease that a Dercum’s patient presents with (Type I, II or III)

3.  Assess the stage of a patient with lipedema

4.  Select recommended conservative and/or surgical treatments for patients with fat disorders

5.  Discuss the quality-of-life impact that living with Dercum’s disease or Lipedema has on patients



1 Lipedema and Dercum’s Primer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WooTBfGLR0U
2 Eat Nutritiously to Reduce Inflammation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVsjs7ykm4g
3 Pumps, Vibration, Dry Brushing, Oh My! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_RULqEPJxM
4 Lymphatic Yoga for Everyone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZqwYcctQ44
5 How to Perform Self-MLD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzcpww0ECHo
6 *** NOT FOR CME*** Compression Show and Tell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lva_GuqXxuU
7 Developing an Exercise Program for You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3ipwqoeYjc
8 Deep Breathing Demonstration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJqYBv0GjJ8
9 A Day in the Life of a Lipedema Patient https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fB1AUpCBQU
10 Supplements and Medications for Lipedema and Dercum's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBArkIUDBcQ 
11 Update on Medical Research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDs6W1iK680
12 Lipedema Can Be Life-Threatening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p099mQyjXIQ
13 Living with Stage 1/2 Lipedema https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBtpnvGAZyQ
14 Living with Stage 3/4 Lipedema https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohEcHPZ8Lxg
15 Dealing with Dercum’s: A Patient’s Perspective   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IMdIdGeoSk
16 Considerations for Surgery in Patients with Fat Disorders (panel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKrteVQcDp0
17 Stem Cells to Treat Fat Disorders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZtlm47GA_8 
18 Liposuction for Fat Disorders (panel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90coaGXnfvw
19  Your Gut and Fat Disorders  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2MJnwYo2UQ


Not for CME, but please also watch

Diagnosing lipedema - Interview

Diagnosing lipedema - Physical Exam