Principles of Sleep Health for Medical Examiners

Sleep disorders are a major cause of traffic fatalities. Estimates of the proportion of crashes due to fatigue and/or sleep disorders range from 10%-30%. Approximately 4,900 physicians serve as US Commercial Driver Medical Examiners (CDMEs).  CDMEs certify truckers as medically fit for duty. This training program was designed to improve CDME competence in sleep health and sleep medicine, CDME performance in effectively assessing and managing sleep disorders in commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, and the outcomes of CMV driver patients with sleep complaints and disorders.  Ultimately, this course was designed to keep our nation’s roads safe by training CDMEs to ensure that fitness-for-duty (FFD) evaluations include a sleep health assessment confirming that CMV drivers are healthy and alert enough to safely operate a motor vehicle.

This supplemental training course will cover: Sleep Health and Safety; the Role of the Medical Examiner; Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Other Sleep Disorders; and Common Sleep Medications.

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Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians who serve as US Commercial Driver Medical Examiners (CDMEs). 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the importance of sleep to health and the safety risks of fatigue on driving.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of medical examiners as they pertain to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and performing a driver “fit for duty” exam.
  • Identify common signs, symptoms and risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other sleep disorders.
  • Recognize the effects that OSA and other sleep disorders may have on health and driving performance.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
03/01/2017
Course expires: 
02/28/2018
Cost:
$150.00
Rating: 
5
Disclosure Policy: 

As required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and in accordance with National Sleep Foundation (NSF) policy, the faculty, staff, and all individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to the NSF and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. Financial relationships are defined by remuneration in any amount from the commercial interest(s) in the form of grants; research support; consulting fees; salary; ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds); honoraria or other payments for participation in speakers' bureaus, advisory boards, or boards of directors; or other financial benefits. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent CME planners with relevant financial relationships from planning or delivery of content, but rather to provide learners with information that allows them to make their own judgments of whether these financial relationships may have influenced the educational activity.  The National Sleep Foundation has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The faculty listed below have disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:

Faculty:

Stefanos N. Kales MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Harvard University and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Konstantina Sampani MD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Jeffrey Vogel MD, MPH, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance; Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Program Committee:

Thomas DiSalvi, Vice President of Safety and Loss Prevention, Schneider National
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Benjamin Gerson, MD
Employment: LifeLineScreening; Omega Laboratories; Wellness Corporate Solutions; Promerica Health

Barbara Phillips, MD, MSPH, Medical Director, Sleep Lab, University of Kentucky
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Virgil Wooten, MD, Affiliate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

NSF CME staff reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Educational Grants:

No educational grants were received for this course.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
03/01/2017
Course expires: 
02/28/2018

Price

Cost:
$150.00
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