|Initial Certification in Sleep Medicine|
The purpose of the ABPN’s initial certification examination is to test the qualifications of candidates in sleep medicine. Sleep medicine entails having expertise in the diagnosis and management of sleep-related clinical conditions, including circadian rhythm disorders. This subspecialty includes the clinical assessment, polysomnographic evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders including insomnias, disorders of excessive sleepiness (e.g. narcolepsy), sleep related breathing disorders (such as obstructive sleep apnea), parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders, sleep related movement disorders and other conditions pertaining to the sleep-wake cycle.
New Certification Information
Initial Certification in Sleep Medicine
History and Statement of Principles
The Sleep Medicine Certification Program, developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) for diplomates in internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and neurology, and otolaryngology is designed to recognize excellence among physicians who are specialists in the care of patients with sleep problems and specific sleep disorders. Sleep medicine encompasses a multidisciplinary body of knowledge regarding the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, and pharmacology of sleep and wakefulness, and their disorders.
The examination will be administered to candidates from the ABIM, ABP, ABPN, and ABOto at the same time in the same testing centers. Participation in the certification program is voluntary. Certification is not required of practitioners in this field, and the certificate does not confer privilege to practice.
Please Note: This is a brief summary of training requirements and not intended to be all inclusive. Read the current Information for Applicants publication for all requirements for Initial Certification in Sleep Medicine.
To achieve certification in sleep medicine, candidates from the ABPN must hold a valid certificate in psychiatry, neurology, or neurology with special qualification in child neurology and fulfill all of the following requirements:
• Satisfactory documentation of requisite practice experience or completion of formal training requirements, as specified in descriptions of the practice or training pathways
• Have met all training requirements by July 31 of the year of the examination
• Must meet the ABPN’s licensure requirements
• Be certified by the Board in neurology, in neurology with special qualification in child neurology, or in psychiatry by December 31 of the year prior to the examination administration
NOTE: Candidates from the ABP, ABIM, and ABOto should contact those Boards for information regarding certification requirements.
Training Pathway (Specific Training Requirements after 2011)
After the 2011 examination, all applicants other than those initially approved during the "grandfathering period" are required to submit documentation of successful completion of one year of ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship training.
Certification Examination Content
The Sleep Medicine Certification Examination will be a comprehensive one-day computer-based examination of multiple-choice questions in the single best answer format with an absolute standard for passing. The examination is designed to evaluate the extent of the candidate's knowledge and clinical judgment in the areas in which a sleep medicine specialist should demonstrate a high level of competence. A general outline of content coverage is listed below. A revised, and more detailed content outline, or examination blueprint, is available as a pdf file on the ABIM web site at http://www.abim.org/pdf/blueprint/sleep_cert.pdf.
The sleep medicine initial certification examination will be administered via computer at Pearson VUE testing centers and will be offered biennially (every two years).