Documented Time in a Sleep Center

10 hours of observation are required and the hours must have occurred within the three (3) years prior to the application deadline. You must submit the Observation Hours template, which must be signed by a physician who is board-certified in sleep.

The applicant must experience direct observation of a sleep medicine clinic or lab with sleep medicine medical staff that includes at least 3 of the following:

  • PSG preparation/set-up with a patient
  • Data acquisition of a PSG
  • Scoring and interpretation of PST
  • Clinical interaction of a physician or nurse practitioner with a patient
  • Therapeutic intervention with CPAP
  • Assessment of results of therapeutic intervention
It is the applicants responsibility to confirm that the physician that signs off on the hours is board-certified in sleep.

Canadian and International Application Provisions
Applicants who do not practice in the United States may submit CE credits that are not ADA CERP recognized or AGD PACE approved; however, the CE credits do need to meet all other ABDSM requirements. The ABDSM will accept letters of recommendation and sleep observation documentation that are signed by either a physician who is board-certified in sleep medicine OR experienced in sleep medicine. If an applicant submits letters of recommendation or sleep observation documentation signed by a physician who is not board-certified in sleep medicine, the physicians credentials must be documented in order to confirm the experience in sleep medicine.