ABIM Certification demonstrates that physicians have met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment and evaluation. Additionally, Certification encompasses the six general competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and sets the stage for continual professional development through values centered on lifelong learning. In order to be certified, a physician must:
- Complete the requisite predoctoral medical education
- Meet the training requirements
- Meet the licensure requirements and procedural requirements
- Pass an ABIM Certification examination
The Sleep Medicine Certification Program is jointly developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto), and the American Board of Anesthesiology. The examination is administered to candidates from all Boards at the same time in the same testing centers. The American Board of Internal Medicine is responsible for administering the examination. Visit the ABIM website.
Commencing in 2007, several of the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties began administration of a subspecialty certification examination for sleep medicine.
Please note that the American Board of Sleep Medicine continues to maintain and verify the records of the Diplomates of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, as it is a lifetime credential. Primary verification can be obtained in the Verification of Diplomates of the ABSM section of this website or by submitting a request by email, fax (630-737-9790) or mail (2510 North Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561) or by calling the ABSM at 630-737-9700. Visit the ABSM website.
AASM Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers is a voluntary process for the assessment of sleep programs. By achieving accreditation, a sleep center demonstrates a commitment to the provision of quality diagnostic services and the longitudinal management of sleep patients.
AASM center accreditation reflects a commitment to ensure that sleep disorders patients receive the highest quality of care. In a growing number of states, accreditation is required for reimbursement of many sleep medicine services.
Since 1977, the AASM has accredited sleep facilities utilizing the AASM Standards for Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers. The continued quality of these requirements has made AASM center accreditation the gold standard by which the medical community and the public evaluate sleep medicine facilities. Visit the AASM website.