Just a little more than a year remains for physicians to forgo a year of area-specific fellowship in their pursuit of Board Certification in Sleep Medicine. The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology will offer a board review course for Sleep Board Certification from October 23-25, 2010. This 3-day course stresses the knowledge that is essential for success on the exam.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 26, 2010 -- Physicians interested in becoming board certified in the growing field of sleep medicine have one final opportunity to take advantage of a 5-year "Practice Pathway" period where they can potentially bypass a one-year sleep medicine fellowship that will be required of all candidates starting in 2012. The last board exam is set to take place in November 2011. The application process will be open from March 1, 2011 to June 1, 2011.
Following a decision made by several key medical boards in 2006, one path towards taking the sleep board exam has been significantly shortened. Physicians who are board certified in internal medicine and its subspecialties, neurology, psychiatry, pediatrics, ENT, or Family Medicine and who meet the requirements of the practice pathway have the opportunity to sit for the exam without a one year sleep medicine fellowship.
The 2011 sleep medicine board exam is the last time physicians will have the chance to “grandfather” into sleep board eligibility. After the 2011 exam, applicants will be required to provide documentation of completion of at least 12 months of sleep medicine fellowship training that has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
For physicians who are taking advantage of this period, The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology has developed a unique course offering, which has been developed specifically to prepare them for the last national sleep board exam to be held on November 10, 2011.
The Sleep Medicine Board Review Course, set to take place on October 23 – 25, 2010 (Saturday – Monday) features course co-director Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC, well known sleep specialist, researcher and educator. Dr. Kryger currently is the Director of Sleep Research and Education at Gaylord Sleep Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut. Dr. Kryger has published more than 220 research articles and book chapters. He is also the chief editor of The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, the most widely used textbook by sleep medicine students.
The review course faculty will also include the school's founder and director, Russell Rosenberg, Ph. D., ABSM, as course co-director. Dr. Rosenberg is also an experienced board certified sleep specialist and educator. He lectures and teaches internationally on a range of sleep medicine topics. Dr. Rosenberg's expertise includes insomnia and disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness. The course co-directors have set aside the traditional classroom experience to create a unique course targeted to fully prepare physicians for the sleep board exam. A complete list of the course faculty will be available on the Sleep School website by July 5th.
The school's 3-day weekend review course gives physicians a boost in their preparations for the challenging day-long exam in Fall of 2011 by reviewing a variety of clinical sleep disorders and sleep sciences as well as other skills tested on the board exam. The instructors mix lectures with case-based presentations and technology to create a unique study experience that gives doctors a solid foundation for final preparations.
Ramamurthy Bangalore, MD, who used the review course to prepare for the boards, said he appreciated the Atlanta School for its smaller class size.
"The small group made the course more focused on the individual. At courses with too many people you feel disconnected. At the Atlanta School you feel like someone is tutoring you."
Dr. Bangalore decided to get board certified after realizing how essential sleep is to the overall health of his patients. "In the past, doctors rarely even asked about their patient's sleep quality, which adds up to one-third of their life! Since studying sleep medicine I am better able to teach patients and help them with their sleep problems."
Edward Sall, MD, who took the Atlanta School's Early Bird Review Course in Spring 2009, said that as a dentist and an ENT, the field of sleep medicine is all around him. "The sleep medicine field is a natural extension of what I already do. There is growing awareness about the importance of sleep and an aging population that both contribute to sleep medicine's growth. The momentum in the field right now combined with sleep's increasing role at my practice has given me a desire to get board certified in sleep medicine."
In addition to the 3-day board review course, the Atlanta School also offers an optional one-day Digital Records Review Course with Terrence Malloy, RPSGT on October 22, 2010. This precursor to the main course gives physicians an extra day to examine records and practice scoring to ensure complete coverage of the material to be presented on the exam in November 2011.
About The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine:
For the past 18 years, the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine & Technology has offered introductory and review courses for more than 5,000 physicians and health care professionals in sleep medicine and polysomnography. Four-day intensive introductory courses are designed for physicians and 80-hour courses, which include an online component, are designed for sleep technologists and allied health care professionals. The Atlanta School also offers special topics including Sleep Medicine for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, Sleep Medicine for Industry Professionals, and has an Online Learning Center that features a technologist registry preparatory course, among other online courses. The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine was founded in 1992 by Dr. Russell Rosenberg who now serves as CEO and frequent lecturer for the school. Dr. Rosenberg also serves as CEO for the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine’s two partner companies: NeuroTrials Research, Inc., and The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic. For more information about the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, please visit the school's web site at www.sleepschool.com. Media Contact: Kristen Smith, The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology, (678) 651-2004.
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