As a professional membership society, the AASM must remain relevant amid constantly changing circumstances by providing consistent and lasting value for our members. This requires the leaders of the AASM to frequently assess the organization’s priorities and direction to determine if they are still aligned with the needs of our members and the field of sleep medicine.

The AASM board of directors embarked on such a process in 2019. Our strategic planning was guided by a wealth of information that we gathered from multiple sources: a survey of individual and facility members, focus groups that were conducted at SLEEP 2019, qualitative telephone interviews with stakeholders representing the broad spectrum of the sleep field, and a preliminary report from the AASM Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

I am pleased to share with you the key components of the new AASM strategic plan:


Advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives


Sleep is recognized as essential to health.

Core Values

• Adaptable
• Diverse and Inclusive
• Evidence-based
• Innovative
• Patient-centered
• Visionary


• Promote greater public recognition that sleep is essential to health
• Positively influence the impact of technology on patients and the sleep team
• Expand the sleep team workforce of the future to improve access to high-quality sleep care
• Positively influence clinical practice for providers and their patients

None of these goals would be achievable without our engaged members and committed volunteers. I am thankful for this support, and I look forward to working together to advance sleep care and enhance sleep health to improve lives.

I encourage you to learn more about the strategic plan on the AASM website.

Kelly A. Carden, MD, MBA
AASM President