Overview

Overview

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.

Over 25,000 studies are performed annually, including routine polysomnography (PSG), multiple sleep latency tests, maintenance of wakefulness tests, home sleep testing, actigraphy, positive airway pressure titrations, neonatal and pediatric studies, and combined PSG with extended EEG/EMG for the evaluation of nocturnal seizures and parasomnias.

The center is multidisciplinary, with sleep experts from the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Psychology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Otolaryngology who supervise trainees.

  • 1 year ACGME-accredited program
  • 100% board pass rate for all graduates at least since 2007
  • Located at the Sleep Disorders Center on Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
    • Over 25,000 sleep studies are performed every year
    • Studies include PSG, HST, PAP titration, ASV, MSLT, MWT, and PAP Naps
    • Sleep board certified staff attendings from neurology, pulmonary critical care, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, family medicine, and psychiatry
    • Additional clinical rotations with sleep psychologists, sleep medicine dentists and ENT
  • Part of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute and Neurology Department at Cleveland Clinic
  • Access to numerous online and printed resources through the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library
  • Electronic medical record for all clinical encounters using Epic
  • 3-week introductory course at the beginning of the fellowship with core lectures on common sleep disorders, sleep study scoring/staging, and general workflow at Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy with Behavioral Sleep Medicine colleagues
  • Sleep Apnea Management (SAM) clinic – group visit for patients struggling with PAP therapy
  • Hypoglossal nerve stimulation clinics
  • Center Highlights
  • Research – research project with mentor with goal to present at national sleep meeting
    • Journal Clubs – monthly
    • Case presentations – monthly
    • Didactic lecture course schedule throughout the year including clinical and research topics
    • Business review meetings
    • Medical director meetings
    • Sleep tech meetings
Application Process

Application Process

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, anesthesiology or otolaryngology. Please note, in order to apply for our program candidates must have successfully completed a residency in the US or Canada. All International Medical Graduates must submit a certified copy of their current ECFMG certificate and qualifying exam results.

  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting, one of which must come from the Residency Program Director
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Certificate(s) of previous training
  • Medical School Diploma

Applications are only accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System). We begin accepting applications on July 6. Interview dates are generally held in the end of August and through the middle of October. We will stop reviewing applications on September 15th.

Frank Miller Jr., MS
Education Program Coordinator II
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: [email protected]

Program Details

Program Details

Jessica Vesnel Rundo, MD, MS | Cleveland Clinic
Jessica Vensel Rundo, M.D., M.S.
Program Director

Lauren Goldman, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Lauren Goldman, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Kim Vargo
Sleep Medicine Administrative Program Coordinator

Frank Miller Jr., MS
Education Program Coordinator II

Sleep Disorders Center Providers

Sample of Fellow Introductory Course Syllabus:

Introductory Course Topics
Sleep Fellowship Orientation/Handbook Overview of Peds Sleep Disorders 
Goals/Objectives/Expectations Intro to Peds Clinic/Peds Clinic Smartsets
Sleep Fellowship Overview of Rotations Pediatric Sleep Lab/Scoring
Institutional Policies Peds PSG Staging/Scoring Practice Section
Library Resources  
  Introduction to Inpatient Consults
OSA and Evaluations at CCF  
OSA Treatment – Clinical Cases Clinical Workflow – Sleep Center Templates, KP
 Respiratory Physiology Documentation and Coding
Scoring Respiratory Events Returning Calls, Epic Messages, Prior Auths
CPAP Orders and CMS Requirements, CCHC DME  
PAP Demo – Mask Fitting (Interactive) Introduction to Polysmith
Introduction to SAM Clinic/Troubleshooting PAP PSG Neurophysiological Signal Recording, Filters 
Central Sleep Apnea Cases Normal Awake/Sleep EEG Patterns and Activation
Sleep Related Hypoventilation/Hypoxemic Syndrome Montages, Epileptiform Discharges
  AASM Staging and Scoring
Insomnia – 2 Process Model PSG Staging/Scoring Practice Sessions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi)  PSG Artifacts and Unusual Findings
Insomnia Pharmacotherapy  What is in a Sleep Study Report?
  Actigraphy Basics/Cases/Logistics
RLS Evaluation and Treatment Sleep Lab Introduction/Lab Safety
  Lab Tour – Intercontinental Suites
Circadian Rhythm and Sleep/Wake Disorders – Basic Protocolling Sleep Studies Workshop 
Circadian Rhythm Disorder Cases   
  ECG Changes on the PSG
REM Parasomnias/Treatment O2 Protocol
Non-REM Parasomnias/Treatment CO2 and the PSG/end tidal CO2 Monitoring Protocol
  Clinical Sleep Fellow On-Call/Emergency Protocol
Narcolepsy and Hypersomnia Treatment Nocturnal Spells Protocol
Hypersomnia Cases MSLT and MWT Protocols
  Peds Protocols for Lab

Sample of Fellow Clinical Rotation Schedule

A sample of a sleep fellowship clinical rotation schedule
Clinical Fellows

Clinical Fellows

Outstanding patient care, education of those who serve and research are the three goals the Department of Neurology strives to achieve. As a part of that overall commitment to education, below are the recognized current neurology fellows who value the importance of providing the highest quality of medical care.

2022-2023 Clinical Fellows

Imama Ahmad, MD
Imama Ahmad, MD
Medical School: King Edward Medical University
Residency: MGB - Internal Medicine

Wahaaj Khan, MD
Wahaaj Khan, MD
Medical School: Ziauddin Medical College
Residency: Morristown Medical Center – Internal Medicine

Kaitlyn Musco, MD
Kaitlyn Musco, MD
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Lehigh Valley Hospital – PCC Fellow

Matthew Smith, MD
Matthew Smith,DO
Medical School: WV School of Medicine
Residency: Grandview Medical Center - Neurology

Where Do Our Fellows Go?

2018

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – Sleep Medicine
  • CCF Akron General, Akron, OH – Family Medicine and Sleep Medicine
  • Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA – Sleep Medicine
  • CCF Avon Internal Medicine, Avon, OH – Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine

2019

  • MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH - Pulm Crit Care Fellowship
  • Rochester Regional Hospital, Rochester, NY – Neurology and Sleep Medicine
  • Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY – Neurology and Sleep Medicine
  • University of Texas, Dallas, TX – Sleep Medicine

2020

  • Mercy One Medical Center – Clive Sleep Center, Clive, IA – Sleep Medicine
  • CCF Main Campus, Cleveland, OH – Pulm Crit Care Fellowship
  • Maryland Medical and Med Star System Good Samaritan Hospital, Parkville, MD – Internal Medicine
  • Bakersfield Heart Hospital, Bakersfield, CA – Hospital Medicine

2021

  • CCF Main Campus, Cleveland, OH – T32 Research Fellow, Sleep Medicine
  • Ochsner’s Health System, New Orleans, LA – Peds Pulm and Sleep Medicine
  • Marshfield Health System, Marshfield, WI – Neurology and Sleep Medicine
  • Marshfield Health System, Weston, WI – Hospital Medicine

2022

  • CCF Main Campus, Cleveland, OH – Sleep Medicine
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – Pulm Crit Care and Sleep Medicine
  • St. Louis VA Medical Center, St. Louis, MO – Neurology
  • Saudi Arabia – Sleep Medicine
Living in Cleveland

Living in Cleveland

Cleveland, an ethnically diverse, mid-sized city located on Lake Erie, features a host of cultural attractions, recreational activities, major sporting events and an exploding culinary scene. Cleveland is home to the second largest theater district in the U.S., a park system featuring 23,700 acres in 18 reservations, and is the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, home to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland Clinic is located near the University Circle area, which is the cultural epicenter of Cleveland. This area features Severance Hall and the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, several other museums, and Case Western Reserve University. Downtown Cleveland, home to all major sports venues and an exploding culinary scene, is approximately two miles from Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.