Established in 1975 as the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the only professional society that is dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. As the leading voice in the field of sleep medicine, the AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in health care, education and research.
Since 1947, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has been committed to enhancing your professionalism as a respiratory care practitioner, improving your performance on the job, and helping you broaden the scope of knowledge essential to your success. The AARC is the only professional society for respiratory therapists in hospitals and with home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training.
Established in 1978 as the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists (APT), the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) is the premier allied health membership association of professionals dedicated to improving the quality of sleep and wakefulness in all people. The AAST is the leading advocate for the sleep technology profession.
The ACCP is the global leader in providing education in cardiopulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine to optimize health and advance patient care. Founded in 1935, the ACCP has always been in the forefront of cardiopulmonary medicine. In the early years, the main focus of the College was to treat and prevent tuberculosis. As the battle against tuberculosis was won, the ACCP broadened its focus to include the treatment and preventions of all diseases of the chest.
The primary goal of the American Sleep Association® (ASA) is to increase public awareness about the importance of sleep health and the dangers of sleep disorders. ASA was founded in 2002 by sleep professionals as a member-driven public awareness effort. ASA believes that every member of the community (physician, scientist, allied health care, technologist, patient, family member, and corporate partner) can make a positive impact in this effort.
The American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, Inc. provides leadership, advocacy and resources that promote professional excellence and quality patient care in electroneurodiagnostics. As a membership organization, ASET advances the field by serving member needs; defining and endorsing standards of practice; providing innovative educational opportunities; promoting the profession; and building coalitions in allied health and other communities of interest.
The roots of the American Thoracic Society reach back to 1905, when a small group of physicians decided that the best way to improve care for tuberculosis patients was to share their experiences and discoveries. Today, the ATS has grown into an international society with more than 15,000 members. The ATS is the world’s leading medical association dedicated to advancing our clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders.
The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) is the national professional association for respiratory therapists. Founded in 1964 as the Canadian Society of Inhalation Therapy Technicians, the CSRT is dedicated to excellence in cardiorespiratory care.
Established over three decades ago, the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) is a national organization of physicians whose mission is to educate its members and address regulatory, legislative and payment issues that relate to the delivery of healthcare to patients with respiratory disorders.