I’m Now Board Certified In Sleep!

I’m happy to tell all my readers that I just found out that I passed the sleep medicine board exam that I took last October. It was both challenging and rewarding, as I had just changed over to academia, and I was working full time. I’ve debated for years whether or not to take this exam, since obstructive sleep apnea is a very small fraction of the content of the test. However, by taking this test, I feel more well-rounded and more confident that I can better help people with obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome. 

For those of you who didn’t know, until 2007, the board exam was administered by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. After 2007, it stopped giving the exam and a new board was created under the auspices of the American Board of Medical Specialties, an umbrella organization that covers most major medical specialties. Five specialties joined to co-sponsor this board: neurology & psychiatry, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and otolaryngology (ENT). Each member board administers the same sleep medicine exam test to their own candidates, but only after general certification is obtained. Beginning in 2007, this test was given every two years—2011 was the last year in which candidates could take the exam without doing a one year fellowship, as long as you demonstrated that you’ve seen a minimum number of sleep patients and interpreted a certain number of polysomnograms.

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3 thoughts on “I’m Now Board Certified In Sleep!

  1. Great. I’d love to hear your thoughts on neurologist Stasha Gominak’s experiences treating sleep apnea with vitamins D and B-12, which (apparently) help regulate the brain’s sleep clock and REM paralysis. She has a 5-part video lecture viewable on YouTube.

  2. Congratulations! The more experts in this field, the better. I came across your site as one of the many women searching for a link between sore throats and pre-menstrual symptoms (something I’ve experienced for at least 10 years now). Thank you for the interesting information you provided on that subject.

    I was wondering, will you do some research into sleep paralysis? I have experienced this ever since I was a teenager (now 35), with varying degrees of severity and frequency. I tend to experience these when going from one dream and into another, and pretty much always when lying on my back. They can be terrifying with loud noises and feelings like something terrible is about to happen. Sometimes they are accompanied with visual hallucinations. A few times they can lead to a feeling of disembodiment, but I have usually forced myself awake before then. I think I also have sleep apnoea, as ever since a child I would often dream of drowning or other scenarios of suffocation and have to consciously make myself breathe.

    All other aspects of my health is fine, physical, mental & emotional and I’ve never been overweight – just my sleep has always been a problem!

    Again, thanks for all the interesting information on your site.