Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists


LEFT: Dr. Rochelle Goldberg,  MIDDLE: Dr. Charles Atwood,   RIGHT: Robert Holden, Esq. and BRPT President Theresa Krupski, RPSGT, RRT

The 2014 BRPT Symposium in Portland, OR this month was a terrific event with so many engaged and inspiring RPSGTs and other clinical sleep health specialists. BRPT held its sixth Clinical Sleep Educator certificate program with nearly 200 participants. Over the course of the three days, we also held our first Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) exam prep course, a day devoted entirely to RPSGTs, and an evening of games, dancing, food and fun at one of Portland's hottest spots.

Participants In The CSE Program

Highlights From The Symposium

The Sleep Through The Ages program was a big success covering a wide range of topics. Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCP started the day with a discussion of infants' sleep. Participants left with a solid understanding of the progression of normal sleep from infancy through the school-aged child with an understanding of the most common age-related sleep disorders/disturbances. Woidtke also equipped participants with the tools to assess the bi-directionality between behavioral and physiologically sleep-related issues.

When discussing teens and adolescents, Pam Minkley, RRT, RPSGT, CPFT posed the question: Is anything "normal" about teen sleep? She went on to explain why starting school later for teens is a good idea.

Deb Kovacs-Sturdevant, RPSGT, RRT, BA, LSSMBB covered adult sleep patterns and the differences between men and women from the amount of sleep needed (on average, women need 10-20 minutes more sleep) to different sleep habits (for example, men use night lights more than women).

Donna Arand, PhD, DABSM, talked in depth about the importance of sleep medicine in geriatrics referencing an aging population, increased health concerns and limited access to providers trained in geriatric medicine.

Donna Arand, PhD

Dr. Naresh Dewan kicked off the RPSGT Only-Day with a discussion of the future of sleep medicine. He helped participants: better understand elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the changes in sleep medicine; comprehend the role of Home Sleep Testing in conjunction with PSG; and, learn more about the multidisciplinary team approach to managing sleep apnea.

Later, Kathryn Hansen, BS, CPC, REEGT, discussed the changing role of the sleep technologist through bridging clinical diversity. She covered the different clinical directions including niche markets, risk management, education, advocacy and technology.

Be sure to watch the BRPT website for information coming soon about the 2015 Symposium!