Cleveland Clinic's Sleep Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program designed to provide trainees with a range of competencies in Sleep Medicine. The fellowship provides eligibility for the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Trainees are provided with a broad exposure to Sleep Medicine including polysomnographic technology and the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with sleep disorders with a strong emphasis on clinical neurophysiology. Nearly 4,000 studies are performed annually, including routine polysomnography, multiple sleep latency tests, maintenance of wakefulness tests, positive airway pressure titrations, neonatal and pediatric studies, esophageal pressure monitoring and combined PSG with extended EEG/EMG for the evaluation of nocturnal seizures and parasomnias. Sleep experts from the Departments of Adult and Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Psychology, Dentistry and Otolaryngology supervise trainees.
About the Fellowship
The program begins with an introductory Clinical Neurophysiology course in the mornings focusing on basic neurophysiology, EEG technology, electrical safety, normal EEG and benign variants and epileptiform EEG patterns. Afternoon sessions are dedicated to an introduction to Sleep Medicine that includes didactic presentations, group scoring sessions and review of laboratory protocols and procedures.
The fellowship is organized into outpatient clinic and laboratory core rotations. During the clinic rotation, fellows evaluate patients of all ages with sleep disorders under the supervision of a Sleep Medicine staff physician. Trainees also participate in a weekly longitudinal care clinic where new and former patients are evaluated and treated by the same fellow over the course of the year. During the laboratory rotation, Sleep Medicine fellows learn to score sleep studies. Fellows are responsible for reviewing raw data and clinical information and generating a sleep report. Studies are reviewed daily with a Sleep Medicine staff physician in afternoon reading sessions.
Sleep Medicine trainees also spend time evaluating patients with ancillary staff in the Departments of Otolaryngology, Dentistry and Psychology. The Otolaryngology/Dentistry Sleep Clinic provides exposure to the surgical management and use of oral appliances for sleep-disordered breathing. The Sleep Psychology Clinic provides exposure to cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback for insomnia.
Sleep Medicine fellows are required to participate in research. Research proposals are presented in monthly research meetings and completed studies are presented at the Department of Neurology Neuroscience Day and at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Fellows are provided with elective time dedicated to research.
A variety of educational opportunities are available to Sleep Medicine trainees. These include weekly Neurology Grand Rounds, Sleep Medicine Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Surgery Patient Management Conference and Pediatric Neurology/Epilepsy Conference. Visiting professorships are held each quarter in which prominent individuals in the field are invited to spend a half day with the fellows discussing interesting cases.
Sleep Medicine fellows share the on-call duties of the sleep laboratory. Call is rotated on a biweekly basis and taken from home.
The ACGME guidelines specify that training in Sleep Medicine must be preceded by the completion of a residency program in neurology, child neurology, general psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine or otolaryngology. Please note, in order to apply for our program you must have successfully completed a residency in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico. All International Medical Graduates must submit a certified copy of their current ECFMG certificate and qualifying exam results.
If you are interested in applying for a fellowship position please provide the following documents using ERAS:
- Personal Statement
- Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
- At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
- USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
- Certificate(s) of previous training
- Medical School Diploma
We begin accepting applications on July 1 and we will stop reviewing applications on Oct. 1.
- Jessica Vensel Rundo, MD, MS
Sleep Disorders Center
Department of Neurology, FA20
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
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