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About the Program

doctor at computerThis multidisciplinary, ACGME-approved fellowship provides intensive training in diagnosis and management of patients with sleep disorders.  Primary faculty members have appointments in the departments of neurology and pediatrics, as well as the division of pulmonology, but there is access to an extended network of teaching faculty within the departments of otolaryngology, plastic surgery, psychiatry, and dentistry.

Fellow applicants with primary training in neurology, family medicine, internal medicine (with or without pulmonology/critical care training), otolaryngology, pediatrics, anesthesiology, and psychiatry are encouraged to apply.

This fellowship provides strong foundation in all aspects of adult and pediatric clinical sleep medicine.  There is significant exposure to cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, and evaluation/management of hypoglossal nerve stimulation.  There is a heavy emphasis on the interpretation of polysomnographic tests.  A QI/QA project is expected of the fellow, and opportunities for research will be afforded.  The fellowship meets eligibility requirements to sit for the sub-specialty board examination in sleep medicine.

The fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Interested candidates can apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The application season begins in July. We conduct interviews in the late summer/early fall. The match is scheduled to occur in November. Note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, our fellowship interviews will be conducted remotely for the 2020 match cycle.  We plan on using the Zoom(TM) platform.

Duration of fellowship: 1 year
Number of fellows per year: 1

About the Sleep Center

 

The UR Medicine Sleep Center is a fully accredited, 8-bed sleep disorders center with an active home sleep testing program as well.  We see more than 3,000 patients/year in consultation and perform over 3,000 sleep studies/year. Conditions treated include obstructive sleep apnea, Cheyne-Stokes respirations, parasomnias such as sleep walking and REM sleep behavior disorder, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnolence, insomnia, and others.  Collaborations across primary specialties allow our center to maintain a robust insomnia program, and a hypoglossal nerve stimulation program.

We have an active clinical research program.  Recent clinical studies have included projects studying CPAP compliance, the feasibility of telemedicine for management of obstructive sleep apnea, several examining sleep in Parkinson's Disease patients, a study of sodium oxybate in patients with narcolepsy, and a number of studies of pediatric sleep disordered breathing.