Disclaimer: Certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine does not in itself
confer authority to practice medicine beyond the authority granted by a state that
issues a license to practice medicine.
The American Board of Sleep Medicine throughout its history offered non-physicians,
specifically PhDs, the opportunity to sit for its examination. Many PhD candidates
over the years successfully passed the examination and received the designation
"diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine." This designation must not be
interpreted to mean that the American Board of Sleep Medicine designation supersedes
any state or federal law with regard to medical license requirements for the treatment
of patients. Those who have successfully passed the exam MUST be careful not to
practice medicine outside of their legal limits.