Just two weeks remain for you to take advantage of advanced registration discounts for SLEEP 2014, the 28th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).  I encourage you to meet me in Minneapolis for the premier event in the sleep field, which will keep you on the cutting edge of the clinical practice of sleep medicine.

Register early for ticketed weekend courses such as Year-in-Review, Trends in Sleep Medicine, and Gizmos and Gadgets, which offer in-depth analysis of the latest advances and developments in sleep medicine. The availability of both full-day and half-day courses gives you maximum scheduling flexibility.

The general session begins Sunday afternoon and continues Monday morning with the plenary session, which will include a keynote address by Andrew Renda, MD, MPH, who is the program manager for the Chronic Care Strategies Team at Humana. Following the plenary session, you can enter the SLEEP 2014 Exhibit Hall, where you will learn about the latest products and services available from the leading companies in the sleep field.

Throughout the week the most important aspects of clinical care and practice management will be the subject of numerous sessions in a variety of formats, from invited lectures to clinical workshops. On Tuesday, June 3, be sure to attend the New Sleep Care Paradigm discussion group, led by co-chairs Lawrence Epstein, MD, and Ilene Rosen, MD. They will facilitate an important conversation with AASM leaders about the role of sleep specialists in the changing health care system.

On Wednesday, June 4, an invited lecture on the topic of telehealth will be presented by Adam Darkins, MD, MPH, who leads the national telehealth programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Later that day a symposium led by chair Kathleen Sarmiento, MD, will describe lessons learned as innovative models of care have been implemented by the Veterans Health Administration.

All of these sessions and much more are included with your registration. You also can register for ticketed events such as meet-the-professor sessions, which are beginning to sell out.

Visit www.sleepmeeting.org today to download the preliminary program and register for the meeting. Register on or before April 16, 2014, for discounted rates.

I look forward to meeting you in Minneapolis at SLEEP 2014.


M. Safwan Badr, MD