The Sleep Medicine Exam is a relatively new certification, and challenges the test taker to not only make the correct diagnostic decisions, but also to effectively manage certain conditions. The questions are entirely in multiple-choice format, with all questions presented in the single best answer choice format.
The exam content is distributed in the following percentages as outlined in the ABIM Sleep Medicine Certification Exam Blueprint, and our question bank follows suit:
Sleep Medicine Exam day is a long one, approximately 10 hours. It’s broken up into four periods, each containing up to 60 multiple-choice questions, with three 30-minute breaks in between periods. Test takers can decide how to space out their breaks, so long as no more than 100 minutes of break time is taken in total.
The exam covers content that would traditionally fall into several of the other Medical Specialties, such as Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology, and Psychiatry and Neurology. So, expect the exam to cover a wide range of clinical topics, and review as many sleep studies as possible. Resources from the AASM and AACP are generally considered strong review tools. Due to the subject matter, be prepared for ethical questions as well. Be prepared to understand the pathophysiology, the variants of the sleep disorder, and the diagnosing of the disorder.
We’ve found that there is a strong correlation between the number of practice questions and sleep medicine cases that an MD reviews and their ultimate performance on the exam. The BoardVitals question bank offers 800 highly reviewed and rated questions specific to the Sleep Medicine certification.