The 2011 American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) sleep medicine certification exam will be the final opportunity for physicians to apply under the clinical pathway; after this exam, all first-time applicants must have completed a formal sleep medicine fellowship program. The AASM recommends that all Diplomates of the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) sit for this exam and begin their preparations well in advance of the exam date as the average passing rate of the previous exams is less than 75 percent.

In 2010 the AASM will host a Board Review for the Sleep Specialist course in two convenient locations: Aug. 13-15 in Denver, Colo., and Oct. 1-3 in Reston, Va. Additionally, on the Thursday before each course, two half-day companion courses will focus on scoring and basic science. These courses will be presented by top faculty in the field, and individuals who attend will receive a comprehensive review of sleep medicine.

Registration is now open for these board review courses. Register early, as space is limited. For more information about the Board Review for the Sleep Specialist and/or companion courses, visit the Sleep Education Series portion of the AASM Web site or download a copy of the course brochure.