Scoring Education for Sleep Staff


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Sample Record Review
Video best viewed in full-screen mode. Segment on scoring Wake stages from April 2012 record review.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine Inter-scorer Reliability is the leading program for continuing education on scoring sleep studies. The assessment system provides immediate epoch-by-epoch feedback for every record scored. The AASM Gold Standard Scorers offer their regular expertise to help enhance your staff's scoring ability.

Record Review Videos

The monthly video review features an in-depth look at how the AASM Gold Standard Scorers scored recent record exams and provides insight into the decision-making process. A scorer walks through each of the trouble spots, identified as disagreements between the Gold Standard scorers and program users, and explains how each spot relates to rules in the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events: Rules, Terminology and Technical Specifications. The record review video is accessible beginning two months after a scoring exam is first offered and is only available to users who have completed the exam. After every scoring review, Sleep Technologists may claim 1 FREE AAST Continuing Education Credit (CEC)! That's 12 FREE CECs per year for every scorer on your staff.



Panel of Gold Standard Reviewers

The AASM has assembled a team of sleep scorers from different backgrounds in sleep - a technologist, an educator and a physician - each with extensive experience in sleep record scoring and review. The AASM Gold Standard for scoring is based on a consensus formed by the Gold Standard Committee:

  Richard S. Rosenberg, PhD, is Professional Education Development Consultant for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Association of Sleep Technologists. He is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Rosenberg began his career in sleep in 1971 at the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied psychology as an undergraduate. He went on to receive his PhD in 1980 at the University of Chicago, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Allan Rechtschaffen. After completing a fellowship at the Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Rosenberg joined the Department of Neurology at the University of Chicago. He founded and directed the Sleep Disorders Center at Evanston Hospital and taught in various capacities at Northwestern University.
     
  Michael J. Zachek, MD is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine as well as sleep medicine and has been working in the field of sleep for more than two decades. He is the medical director of three accredited sleep centers and his AASM functions include being a site visitor for both center and DME certification as well as serving as a gold standard scorer. He believes that developing a national consensus regarding the scoring of polysomnography is vital for improving sleep research and patient care.
     
  Claude Albertario, RST, RPSGT, is Lead Technologist at the Weill Cornell Medical College Pediatric Sleep Center. He received his undergraduate training in Psychobiology at SUNY College at Purchase. Albertario began his career in Sleep Medicine in 1984 at Dr. Elliot Weitzman’s Institute of Chronobiology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. In 1990, he obtained his RPSGT credential. He later received the first publically available RST credential (#100). As an early advocate of digital recording methods, Albertario spearheaded an effort at the Winthrop University Hospital to become the first accredited, paperless sleep center in the world. He helped form the New York State Society of Sleep Medicine in 1998, and presently serves as its secretary, working to shepherd the recently passed sleep tech legislation through the NYS Legislature.  His research interests revolve around his invention, z-ratio, a unified metric of sleep/wake. Albertario has sleep apnea, for which he successfully manages with CPAP.

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