CME Instructions

Earning Journal Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit

A physician with a current and valid license to practice medicine in the U.S., Canada or Mexico may read any 2 of the designated continuing medical education (CME) papers in each issue of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine ( JCSM) to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Journal subscribers can fulfill their CME requirements by reading designated articles and completing the online CME post-test and evaluation within one year of the date of publication. Subscribers can review individualized records of their CME history and print letters of participation.

Subscribers must purchase access to each CME post-test. Post-test attempts are sold in packages, enabling users to manage CME over time. To earn credit look for the “CME” symbol next to the title of designated articles. Select the article and then click on the “Earn CME credit online” link. The online system will guide you through the process of purchasing post-test attempts, answering the post-test questions and evaluation questions, and printing your participation letter.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit for Manuscript Reviewers

Effective July 1, 2009, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM for reviewing manuscripts. Only reviews received on time and judged as satisfactory by the Editor (either the Editor-in-Chief or the Associate Editor) responsible for the particular manuscript will be eligible for CME credit.

Credit is available for reviews of original manuscripts submitted. Manuscripts assigned to reviewers prior to July 1, 2009 are not eligible for CME credit.

Accreditation and Designation Statements

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AMA mandates that accredited providers only offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to physicians. The AASM will issue non-physicians a letter of attendance for activities designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for physicians.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine designates this manuscript review activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physicians may claim CME credit for a maximum of five (5) reviews per calendar year.

Learning Objective

By conducting a thorough review of a submitted manuscript and associated literature as well as critical thinking, the reviewer will increase his/her knowledge of clinical Sleep Medicine.


Journal reviewers have access to the conflicts of interest disclosures for each author of a manuscript.


Only reviews received on time (as defined in the invitation to review, usually 14 days from receipt of manuscript) and judged as satisfactory by the Editor (Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor) responsible for the particular manuscript will be eligible for CME credit. The features that contribute most importantly to the quality of manuscript reviews for the journals: adherence to reviewer guidelines, specificity and accuracy, completeness, usefulness of recommendations to both editors and authors, tone, internal consistency, and mindfulness of the needs of the journals’ readers and the medical community as a whole.

To prepare a high quality review, the reviewer should consider existing evidence when preparing his/her comments. The reviewer should place the current work in the context of existing evidence in the area, describe the unique contributions of the current work, and comment on any inconsistencies of the current work with previous research in the area as well as any methodologic or experimental issues.

To submit a request for CME credit, the journal reviewer must download the credit claim form and email/fax/mail it to Ms. Rosanne Money, Journal Assistant within 90 days of the review.

You will be notified via email if your review of the assigned manuscript was completed on time and if it met our criteria for CME credit; the email will contain a letter verifying your receipt of CME credit. This service is provided at no charge to AASM members; non-members may request CME credit for a fee of $40 per review.

Ms. Rosanne Money, Journal Assistant
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
2510 North Frontage Road
Darien, IL 60561