The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) announced that the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has approved the ABA’s application for sponsorship of subspecialty certification in sleep medicine. The 2011 ABMS sleep medicine certification exam will be the final opportunity for physicians to apply under the Practice Pathway; after this exam, all first-time applicants must have completed a formal sleep medicine fellowship program. The exam will be offered Nov. 10, 2011, by these six member boards of the ABMS:

The following table shows the registration dates that are currently available from each board:

Board Reg. Dates Late Reg. Dates
ABA April 1 – June 1
ABFM March 3 – May 2 May 3 – Aug. 1
ABIM March 1 – May 1 May 2 – June 1
ABOto Feb. 2 – May 1
ABP Feb. 1 – March 31 April 1 – May 2
ABPN Jan. 7 – April 1 April 2 – May 1

All dates and deadlines are subject to change. Physicians must submit an application through the board in which they hold their primary certification. Please consult the website of the appropriate board for more details.