The Minnesota Sleep Society Organizing Committee was officially formed on September 28, 2009, with the assistance of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST), the Sleep Research Society (SRS), and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
The Minnesota Sleep Society (MSS) was created for scientific and educational purposes, and to act as the representative voice for sleep professionals in the state. The MSS promotes and supports research and education in polysomnography and sleep medicine. The MSS encourages and assists in the advancement of scientific and technical standards of polysomnographic technology, and protects and preserves both the patient and public trust in doctoral-level sleep clinicians and polysomnographic technologists.
STEPS TAKEN TO DATE
Over the summer of 2009, several conference calls were hosted by the AASM/AAST to determine the steps necessary to formally organize a state sleep society. Current and former sleep societies were polled to determine if there was indeed interest in a formal society. Two societies have been recognized as providing educational opportunites for sleep professional in Minnesota and other border states over the past several years:
- Northern Plains Sleep Society (MN Non-Profit Corporation 1265039-2, Since 2005)
- Upper Midwest Sleep Society (MN Non-Profit Corporation 2B-992, Inactive as of 2003)
At the conclusion of the organizing committee’s work, the organization was incorporated and the initial board of directors was set and officers elected.