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Rebuttal From Dr SimonRebuttal From Dr Simon

Richard D. Simon, Jr, MD
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From the Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center, Providence St. Mary Medical Center; and the University of Washington, WA, Seattle, WA.

Correspondence to: Richard D. Simon Jr, MD, 401 W Poplar St, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla, WA 99362; e-mail: Richard.Simon@providence.org


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Chest. 2013;144(1):14-15. doi:10.1378/chest.13-0364
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I find myself in agreement with many of the points made by my colleagues on the “Pro” side of this discussion.1 I agree that board-certified sleep medicine physicians (BCSMPs) possess the training and competence in sleep medicine to provide reliable interpretation of diagnostic tests, but I do not agree that this competence is unique to BCSMPs. For example, the performance of polysomnography (PSG) and PSG interpretation is a core competency in neurology fellowships.2 And as we have demonstrated with the Walla Walla Project, referred to in my “Con” argument,3 others can be trained to successfully interpret sleep studies. Why should these trained physicians be denied the ability to read sleep studies?

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