How to Apply

The application is completed online via the ABOHNS physician profile.  Much of the online application is prepopulated with information, but applicants are required to answer credentialing questions and attest and agree to the ABOHNS Candidate and MOC Agreements.

Application Requirements:

To achieve certification in sleep medicine, candidates from the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery must hold a valid certificate in otolaryngology and fulfill the following requirements:
  • Satisfactory documentation of requisite practice experience or formal training requirements, as specified in descriptions of the practice and training pathways below.
  • Possession of a valid, unrestricted, and unchallenged license to practice medicine in all states in which the applicant practices.
  • Successful performance on the ABOHNS Sleep Medicine Certification Examination
Practice Pathway: Closed in 2011

A candidate who has taken the Sleep Medicine Exam via the practice/alternate pathway and failed, will be allowed to apply for future sleep medicine examinations.

Training Pathway/Requirements

The training pathway for ABOHNS candidates requires 12 months of satisfactorily completed sleep medicine fellowship training which meets the following criteria:

  • Sleep Medicine fellowship training undertaken July 1, 2009 and after must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Sleep medicine fellowship training taken prior to July 1, 2009 must be conducted within a program affiliated with an ACGME-accredited program.
  • Training experience must be consistent with guidelines established by the ACMGE.
  • The Board will require substantiation by the training program director that the fellow's clinical performance as a sleep medicine consultant is satisfactory. Fellows must obtain satisfactory ratings of their ability to interpret results of the following diagnostic tests: polysomnography, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance of wakefulness testing, actigraphy, portable monitoring related to sleep disorders.

All physicians interested in obtaining subspecialty certification in Neurotology or Sleep Medicine should contact Brittany Espinoza at for application requirements and instructions.  Additionally, please refer to the ABOHNS’s Booklet of Information located on this site under Publications.