President's Blog - MARCH 2018

Dear SBSM members,

We have been receiving many inquiries about the BSM exam and certification so I want to use this month’s blog to provide a status update.

There are many components to establishing a new board certification and the SBSM is working hard on all fronts.  The credentialing committee, led by Don Townsend, has developed items for the examination which is ready to be rolled out this summer.  This is the most straightforward task and the committee has done an excellent job getting the exam ready.

In addition to the exam, we also need to work with a group who can administer the exam and to establish an independent board that can review applications and oversee the certification process.  Compared to the exam development, these are more complicated matters because it involves legal issues and significant financial investments.

The SBSM Board of Directors sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) and is currently reviewing the responses to the RFP.  We are making good progress in these areas and we are prepared to make some final decisions soon.

I know that many SBSM members and other folks in the sleep community have been waiting patiently for the exam and the new BSM certification to be available.  I want to assure all of you that this is the main priority for the SBSM Board. We are well-positioned to offer the exam in June and we expect to make announcements about specific timeframes in the next few weeks.

To facilitate communications, we will set aside a specific section of the newsletter to provide updates to the credentialing process.  We also have a dedicated section on the SBSM website, which will provide answers to FAQs and make it easier to find information about the application process. 

If you have other questions, please feel free to direct them to and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

With warm regards,
Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President