The American Board of Family Medicine, in a joint venture with the American Board of Internal Medicine and three other ABMS specialty boards, offers a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sleep Medicine. This CAQ is designed to recognize excellence among those Diplomates whose practices emphasize care of patients with sleep problems and specific sleep disorders. Sleep Medicine Examinations are given biennially (every two years) in the fall. The next Sleep Medicine examination is scheduled for October 2013.
- Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and must be Diplomates in good standing in order to apply and take the examination; and must maintain their primary certification with the ABFM to maintain certification in a CAQ.
- The Diplomate must hold a currently valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada and be in continuous compliance with the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct.
- Diplomates must satisfactorily complete 12 months of sleep medicine fellowship training. Sleep Medicine Fellowship training taken prior to July 1, 2009, must be conducted within an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program. Sleep Medicine Fellowship training undertaken July 1, 2009, and after must be accredited by the ACGME.
- Diplomates must submit an online application with appropriate application fee.
- Diplomates must achieve a satisfactory score on the one-day computer-based Sleep Medicine Examination.
The recertification requirements for Sleep Medicine are yet to be determined.
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