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Sleep-Wake Disorders Center

Professional Training Programs

The Division of Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine enjoys a longstanding tradition of excellence in sleep disorder diagnosis, management and education. Established in 1975, the one-year fellowship program was the first of its kind in the U.S. to be accredited (1977) by the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers, now known as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The Sleep-Wake Disorders Center staff is comprised of board certified neurologists (adult and pediatric) and psychologists dedicated to grooming one or two new fellow(s) each year to become highly qualified sleep specialists. Our mission is to provide clinical training in all aspects of sleep medicine in the outpatient and inpatient settings and offer various opportunities for participation in basic and clinical research pertinent to this rapidly growing, dynamic field.

Clinical Practice

Fellows evaluate and care for patients with sleep disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The inpatients are seen as consults to either the pulmonary or neurology service. The pulmonary service consults are primarily for medical (pulmonary, internal medicine or cardiology) and surgical patients, whereas the consults for neurology are predominantly for evaluation of neurology/epilepsy and pediatric patients. The pulmonary sleep medicine program is an inpatient sleep program with patients often being admitted for sleep studies directly from the inpatient service.

Outpatients (new and follow-up) are seen in all of our subspecialty clinics. These include:

  • Adult Pulmonary sleep clinic: David Appel, MD, Diplomat of the ABSM, supervises fellows here, who see new patients and those making follow-up visits.
  • Adult Neurology sleep clinic: Fellows who see new and follow-up patients here are supervised by Michael Thorpy, MD, Imran Ahmed, MD, (both Diplomats of the ABSM), Renee Monderer, MD, and Shelby Harris, Psy.D., C.BSM (Board Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine).
  • Pediatric Pulmonary sleep clinic: Ranaan Arens, MD, Diplomat of the ABSM, oversees fellows tending to new and follow-up patients.
  • Pediatric Neurology sleep clinic: Karen Ballaban-Gil, MD, Associate Director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, supervises fellows at this clinic.
  • ENT clinic: Fellows here are supervised by Marvin Fried, MD.

In addition to rotations, fellows experience a formal education with didactic lectures and conferences and gain valuable clinical skills performing and interpreting diagnostic tests. These include: poysomnography, MSLT, MWT, CPAP/BPAP, titration/use and actigraphy.

Research

Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in research projects and have the option to take course work in the NIH-funded Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP). This unique training curriculum provides future investigators with basic and applied knowledge in biostatistics and epidemiology, which are the core disciplines of clinical investigation. Additional coursework is available in research ethics and medial communication, as well as elective courses geared toward each participant's interest.

All program scholars will learn how to: effectively design clinical research studies, ensure that high ethical standards are met, organize the study team, apply for and obtain funding, collect, manage and analyze data and report their results. This will enhance the scholars' future success as clinical researchers.

Applying for a Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology Fellowship Position

The Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology fellowship is designed for board-eligible physicians who have successfully completed an accredited residency training program in a relevant discipline (i.e. neurology, psychology, internal medicine/pulmonary, pediatric pulmonary or ENT). To apply for a Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology fellowship position beginning July 1st, qualified candidates must submit the following materials between January and August of the previous year:

  1. Completed application, submitted online via ERAS (www.aamc.org/students/eras)
  2. Personal statement
  3. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a residency program director)
  4. Additional documentation as outlined on ERAS