What Makes Us Unique Sleep Medicine Expertise Our fellows have the opportunity to learn from national experts in sleep medicine about disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy. Dr. Heidi Connolly, an alumna of our program, holds four board certifications and is Director of Pediatric Sleep Services at the Strong Sleep Disorders Center and Division Chief of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at URMC. Advanced Degree Opportunities The division is extremely supportive of fellows pursuing an advanced degree, including a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MS-CLI), by providing dedicated time for course work. Ninety-five percent of tuition is covered by the University. NIH Funding The Department of Pediatrics has been awarded several T32 training grants, including Dr. Schor’s “Bench to Bedside to Curbside” grant which supports select fellows in translational research endeavors by providing funding, dedicated time for research, and a high level of mentorship. The Department of Pediatrics ranks nationally in the top 15% for NIH funding. Engaged Program Director The Program Director serves on all of our fellows’ Scholarship Oversight Committees, complementing the work of the committee and helping to insure the professional development of each trainee’s research portfolio. This close guidance has contributed to fellows consistently obtaining departmental and external funding awards and presenting at national meetings. Department Support Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and/or Patricia Chess, M.D.,Vice Chair of Education, meet quarterly with fellows from our subspecialty training programs in an informal roundtable setting to offer mentorship and research guidance. The department provides financial support for each fellow to present at one national conference per year as this contributes to their professional development and hones their presentation and networking skills. State-of-the-Art Children's Hospital In the late summer of 2015, UR Medicine will open a brand new Golisano Children's Hospital. The state-of-the-art children’s hospital will encompass nearly 245,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and their families.