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Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program that trains leaders in this field through the multidisciplinary pulmonary division faculty. Educational experience includes collaborations with various hospitals on the IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus, including Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Health and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. Fellows work with closely with faculty physicians to gain clinical medicine in the areas of adult sleep, pediatric sleep, sleep psychology, otolaryngology and dental sleep.

At IU Health University and Methodist Hospitals, fellows serve a diverse group of patients and adults with the entire spectrum of sleep disorders, and also interpret various sleep studies (i.e. diagnostic polysomnogram, titration studies, home sleep tests, MSLT, MWT and actigraphy). Fellows spend one day per week at Riley Hospital for Children working in the pediatric sleep clinic and interpreting pediatric sleep studies with a board-certified faculty physician. In addition, fellows work closely with board-certified sleep psychologists; learn nasopharyngoscopy and observe sleep apnea directed surgery; and have the opportunity to work with local dentists who help treat patients as part of the multidisciplinary approach to the management of sleep apnea.

Weekly educational sessions take place throughout the duration of the program. This includes an introduction to the Basics of Sleep Medicine, the Sleep Laboratory and Home Care Services, which includes learning the technical aspects of sleep medicine as it pertains to sleep diagnostics, sleep therapeutics and to didactic lectures. Lecture topics are diverse and encompass the fields of pulmonology, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, dentistry and otolaryngology.

Application Process

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program accepts two fellows per academic year, based on available funding. The program utilized the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for processing applications. Applications must be completed with all supporting documents by August 1 of the year preceding the fellowship.

Required application documents include official college, graduate and medical school transcripts; official transcript of board scores; Dean’s letter (MSPE); program director and three additional letters of recommendation (four total); curriculum vitae; a personal statement; and ECFMG Certificate (if applicable).

Applicants considered for the fellowship will be invited to visit the IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted between August and October of each year. The start date for fellowship training is July 1 of the following year.

Fellows are selected through the Sleep Medicine Match Program, sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program Specialty Matching Services

Clinical Experiences

We serve a diverse group of patients and the sleep fellow will see adults with the entire spectrum of sleep disorders. The fellow will also interpret sleep studies (diagnostic polysomnogram, titration study, home sleep test, MSLT, MWT and actigraphy).

The sleep fellow will spend one day a week at Riley Hospital for Children. This includes half a day of pediatric sleep clinic and half a day interpreting pediatric sleep studies with the board certified faculty.

The sleep fellow will work closely with board-certified sleep psychologists as part of their training in behavioral sleep medicine.

The fellow will have time allocated to learn nasopharyngoscopy and observe sleep apnea directed surgery. We are a center for the hypoglossal nerve stimulator implants. The fellow will have the opportunity to observe the entire process from implantation to activation and follow up.

Our fellows have the opportunity to work with local dentists who help care for patients as part of the multidisciplinary approach to the management of the sleep apnea patient.

For more information, contact the Fellowship Coordinator’s office.