ACGME Sleep Fellowship

Clinical Training

All fellows in the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program complete 12 months of clinical training based at the University of Chicago Medical Center, a tertiary care referral hospital serving the south side of Chicago and northwest Indiana and at the University of Chicago Medical Center River East location . Clinical activities include:

  • Adult sleep disorders clinic
  • Adult interdisciplinary neuromuscular disorders sleep clinic
  • Adult behavioral sleep medicine clinic
  • Adult CPAP management clinic
  • Pediatric combined sleep disorders and behavioral sleep medicine clinic
  • Inpatient sleep medicine consultation service
  • Adult and pediatric sleep study interpretation
  • Portable monitoring sleep study interpretation
  • MSLT/ MWT/ actigraphy/ sleep log interpretation

Sleep Disorders Clinic

Training in outpatient sleep medicine is a critical component of the fellowship experience at the University of Chicago. Outpatient training is provided during the entire fellowship in a continuity clinic in the Center for Advanced Medicine on the main campus and at the University of Chicago Medical Center’s River East location in downtown Chicago. The Sleep Disorders Clinic consists of Pulmonary, Neurology, and Pediatric experience. We also have an active CPAP follow-up clinic. Each week the fellows attend three to four half day clinics, one of which is the fellow’s continuity clinic. The sleep clinics have over 3,000 patient encounters per year. The fellows see patients in collaboration with a dedicated attending physician. Ample time is provided to review findings and to discuss patient care issues. Additional time is used for directed teaching of topics important to outpatient sleep medicine. Fellows assume primary responsibility for managing patients. On average each fellow evaluates 250 new and 450 follow-up adult patients per year. Additionally each fellow evaluates approximately 100 new and 100 follow-up pediatric sleep patients per year. Based on each fellow’s primary interest, arrangements can be made to increase the exposure to pediatric sleep medicine.

Adult and Pediatric Record Interpretation

Four half-day sessions are dedicated to interpretation of polysomnograms under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Additionally, during these sessions the fellows learn to assess all types of primary data that contribute to the accurate diagnosis of sleep disorders such as MSLT’s, MWT’s, history, sleep logs, actigraphy, and pulmonary function testing. Reading sessions may also include fellows in pulmonary and critical care, residents in neurology or pediatrics, and medical students. The clinical sleep laboratories at the hospital campus as well as the River East location are each equipped with a total of 12 beds. Both clinical sleep laboratories are active every day of the week and generate approximately 2,500 polysomnograms per year. Each night two to three of the beds are dedicated to pediatric patients.