President's Membership Update - August, 2016

August 12, 2016 10:34 AM | Anonymous

Dear MASM Members,

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and I wanted to provide updates to the membership of Michigan Academy of Sleep Medicine (MASM). Public awareness on the importance of sleep has been increasing as our understanding of the ill effects of poor sleep has advanced. This is an exciting and challenging time for sleep medicine as the field needs to maximize its workforce to provide easier and quicker access to the services of a sleep disorders center. I encourage our membership to read the editorial published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: This was one of the hot topics for discussion at the recent APSS meeting in Colorado, Denver.MASM Members: 

Making News and Providing Leadership Roles:

Ronald D. Chervin MD, MS- President, AASM

Please join me in congratulating University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Director; Dr. Ronald D Chervin who became the 31 st President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Dr. Chervin has been a long time contributing MASM member who has provided direction to our professional society in the past. MASM has worked with AASM on many occasions in the past and we look forward to collaborating with Dr. Chervin during his one-year term as AASM President. I asked Dr. Chervin for his thoughts on MASM and he shared this:

Dear Colleagues and MASM members,

It was great to see many of you in Denver, at SLEEP 2016, and I hope your summer has gone well since then.  Sleep medicine has never been more exciting, as a profession that can have profound positive impact on patients, and as a frontier field when it comes to discovery and advances in human health.  As the oldest and one of the most active state sleep societies, the MASM is in an outstanding position to assist with making our practice here in Michigan as effective as possible.  On a national level the AASM is taking every opportunity to make you more effective in providing high quality care in sleep medicine. However, the MASM has the unique opportunity to address local and regional issues, and especially payer policies that can constrain or more hopefully facilitate provision of optimal sleep health on a daily basis.  With an outstanding President and Board, a new rotating fall meeting venue, and a record of outstanding annual conference speakers for many years now, I am looking forward to seeing this year set new records for the success of the organization in bringing together Michigan’s sleep community and building our reputation as one of the best states in which to receive sleep health care.


Ronald D. Chervin, MD, MS

Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan

President, AASM

Anita V. Shelgikar, MD, Past Chair, Sleep Medicine Fellowship Directors Council (SMFDC)

Dr. Shelgikar completed her term as the Chair of SMFDC and continues to be a contributing member of the Education Committee of AASM. She is the program director of the University of Michigan fellowship program.

Neeraj Kaplish, MD, Vice Chair Insurance Policy Review Committee (IPRC)

I was named the Vice Chair of the IPRC which has been mandated with the task to develop recommendations from published AASM Guidelines which insurances can use to establish policies.

Afifa Shamim-Uzzaman, MBBS, MD, Member Accreditation Committee

Dr. Uzzaman continues to play an active role on the accreditation committee which recently updated the Standards for Accreditation.MASM Annual Conference, October 7 th and 8 th , 2016 in Bay City, Michigan

Our Annual Conference Planning Committee has put together a stellar speaker list for the upcoming annual conference. Our Keynote Speaker will be Alon Y Avidan, MD, MPH, Professor of Neurology at UCLA. Two of our featured speakers Dr. George Kipa and Luke Rolling will provide updates on Telemedicine. Dr. Anuj Chandra will provide an overview on Pediatric Sleep Medicine. In collaboration with AASM, we hope to provide up to 13 CME and CE credits for conference attendees on both days of conference.

In addition, we will have a Special Dinner Event with a presentation on Friday evening, Oct 7, 2016 at 7 PM by Program Chair, Dr. Narendra Kumar.

Excellence in Research Award Winners

I greatly appreciated the efforts of membership committee, especially Dr. Leroy Marmion, for evaluating and grading the abstracts submitted for the 1 st MASM “Excellence in Research” award. Despite a late announcement, there were more submissions than we had anticipated.

Congratulation to the winners:

1st Place: Galit Levi Dunietz, MD: “Factors Associated with Parent Support for Later School Start Times”

2nd Place: Talha Memon, MD: ”Gender Differences in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Diagnosis by Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT)”

3rd Place: Dezmond Sumter, MD: “Efficacy of Oral Appliance Therapy in Patients with persistent Obstructive Sleep Apnea following Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty”

Winners will be awarded with complimentary registration for the conference, a plaque and cash awards at the Annual Conference on October 8 th during the membership meeting.

Research Opportunities and Grants

During my year as President, I intend to provide information to the membership on research projects or awards. I learned recently that American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is accepting applications for the 2016 Focused Projects Award. Projects can involve a wide variety of topics or research questions that may involve patient outcomes, quality metrics or other related aspects. Applications must be received at the ASMF office no later than 11:59 PM CDT on August 29 th , 2016. Please review the full announcement at the ASMF website at

President’s Award 2016

MASM will recognize a clinician and also a technologist for their contributions and efforts. MASM membership is encouraged to recommend a deserving fellow MASM member colleague who has contributed to the field of sleep medicine in any capacity. Any nomination for the award must be accompanied by a paragraph supporting the nominee’s candidature and sent to Karen Carter at Each nomination will be reviewed by the MASM Board of Directors.

AASM Updated the Scoring Manual and Standards for Accreditation.

AASM has recently updated the scoring manual and standards for accreditation. MASM members will soon be receiving a letter from members of the Education and Practice Management Committee, Drs. Skiba and Nichols, who have worked hard on summarizing the updates.

Efforts from the MASM membership are greatly appreciated in continuing to provide outstanding care to patients with sleep disorders and impacting their overall health.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Bay City, Michigan on Oct. 7 th and 8 th !


Neeraj Kaplish, MD


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