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Sleep Medicine Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Movement Disorders
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Hypersomnolence
  • Insomnias
  • Normal Sleep and Variants
  • Parasomnias
  • Sleep-Wake Timing
  • Sleep in Other Disorders

Sleep Medicine Medical Editors:

  • Louis Kazaglis, MD
  • Imran S Khawaja, MD
  • Michael Howell, MD

About the ABIM Sleep Medicine Certification Exam

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.

What categories are tested on the Sleep Medicine Exam?

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:

  • Normal Sleep and Variants 16%
  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders 10%
  • Insomnia 17%
  • Central Disorders of Hypersomnia 12%
  • Parasomnias 7%
  • Sleep-Related Movements 8%
  • Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders 20%
  • Sleep in Other Disorders 5%
  • Instrumentation and Testing 5%

How long is the Sleep Medicine Exam?

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.

Sleep Medicine Certification Exam Tips & Tricks

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.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 45 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Sleep Medicine CME info found here.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 45 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.