Sleep Medicine Credential Verification
The American Board of Sleep Medicine offered a subspecialty certification examination for sleep medicine through 2006. While the ABSM no longer offers a sleep medicine exam, we continue to maintain and verify records for the ABSM Diplomates who hold this lifetime credential.
Sleep medicine expertise also is available from a sleep disorders center that has been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
Certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine does not in itself confer authority to practice medicine beyond the authority granted by a state that issues a license to practice medicine.
The American Board of Sleep Medicine throughout its history offered non-physicians, specifically PhDs, the opportunity to sit for its examination. Many PhD candidates over the years successfully passed the examination and received the designation “Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.” This designation must not be interpreted to mean that the American Board of Sleep Medicine designation supersedes any state or federal law regarding medical license requirements for the treatment of patients. Those who have successfully passed the exam MUST be careful not to practice medicine outside of their legal limits.
Current Certification Exam
Since 2007 the sleep medicine certification examination in sleep medicine has been administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and is offered every other year by six member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Credential verification is available on the Certification Matters website.
For information regarding upcoming sleep medicine certification examinations, please refer to the ABMS member board through which you received your primary specialty certification:
American Board of Anesthesiology
4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 1500
Raleigh, NC 27609-5735
American Board of Family Medicine
1648 McGrathiana Parkway, Suite 550
Lexington, KY 40511-1247
Fax: 859-335-7501 or 859-335-7509
American Board of Internal Medicine
510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3699
American Board of Pediatrics
111 Silver Cedar Court
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
7 Parkway North
Deerfield, IL 60015
American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 600
Houston, Texas 77005