Certificates of Added Qualifications

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    Sleep Medicine

    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. The examination for physicians seeking initial certification in Sleep Medicine is offered every other year. The recertification exam for Sleep Medicine is offered annually.

    Certification Requirements

    • 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 Family Medicine Certification to maintain Sleep Medicine CAQ.
    • Diplomates 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.

    Recertification Requirements

    The recertification process for the Sleep Medicine certificate may be completed in the ninth or tenth year of the certificate and includes the following requirements:

    • Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and be Diplomates in good standing in order to apply and take the examination; and must maintain primary Family Medicine Certification to maintain Sleep Medicine CAQ.
    • Diplomates 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 submit an online application with appropriate application fee.
    • Diplomates must achieve a satisfactory score on the one-day computer-based Sleep Medicine examination.

    Important Dates:

       Sleep Medicine

    2016 Candidate Information Booklet:

       Sleep Medicine Certification [164 KB]
       Examination Blueprint [312 KB]

    Fellowship Training:

       Fellowship Performance Reports [284 KB]

    CAQ Rescore:

       Rescore

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