The Sleep Medicine Fellowship program also consists of a sleep department that is growing in faculty and staff. There are multiple sleep clinics where the fellow will be exposed to an abundance of sleep patients with a variety of sleep complaints.
Since we are an academic center, we see a diverse patient population with referrals from many different specialties within our institution as well as patients from community practices.
We see an entire spectrum of sleep disorders including but not limited to:
During the adult sleep months, the fellows will spend most of their time seeing patients in the sleep clinic and interpreting diagnostic polysomnograms, MSLT, MWT, titration studies and actigraphy. Case conferences and lectures pertaining to sleep medicine are conducted weekly.
The fellows also will spend 2 months at Nationwide Children's Hospital Sleep Center where they will attend pediatric sleep clinics and interpret pediatric polysomnograms with the pediatric sleep specialists. The faculty consists of those with a background in pulmonary, neurology and psychology.
Since it is one of the top Children's Hospitals in the region, a range of patients are seen from obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, odd behavior in sleep (parasomnias/seizures) and insomnia to children with congenital abnormalities leading to sleep difficulties. There is also exposure to neonates with sleep disordered breathing.
In addition, fellows will have exposure to the fields of neurology (the emphasis will be on neurophysiology), psychiatry, dentistry, and otolaryngology. The purpose of these rotations is to provide exposure with how these areas interact with sleep medicine.