The 2011 American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) sleep medicine certification exam will be the final exam for which physicians who have not completed formal sleep medicine fellowship training may apply. Additionally, individuals who have taken the 2011 exam, but are unable to pass, will be eligible to retake the exam in future years without needing to complete a sleep medicine fellowship.

The AASM recommends that all eligible individuals sit for this exam and begin their preparations well in advance as the average passing rate of the previous exams is less than 75 percent. In order to provide members with board preparation resources for this final practice pathway exam, the AASM will offer several Board Review for the Sleep Specialist courses leading up to the 2011 exam. Two courses are scheduled for 2010, and the advanced registration deadline to save on registration fees for these courses is Thursday, July 15, 2010:

  • August 13 – 15, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Learn more.
  • October 1–3 in Reston, Virginia. Learn more.

Attendees of these courses will also have the opportunity to attend two half-day companion courses focusing on scoring and on basic science on the Thursday before each Board Review course. For more information about the Board Review for the Sleep Specialist and/or companion courses, visit the Sleep Education Series portion of the AASM website or download a copy of the course brochure.