Sleep Disorders Fellowship

Fellowship Program

The University of Pennsylvania offers a multidisciplinary ACGME-accredited sleep fellowship training in all aspects of Sleep Medicine. Qualified applicants are required to complete a one year clinical sleep medicine fellowship followed by two to three years, if desired, of a postdoctoral research fellowship. The program is committed to preparing trainees for an academic career in sleep medicine. The training program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, and fellows are eligible for board certification by the end of their initial (clinical) year.

The priorities of the sleep fellowship training program are:

  • To prepare physicians with the clinical training that will allow them to become outstandingboard-certified specialists in sleep disorders medicine.
  • To provide physicians with the sleep-related research training needed to pursue careers in academic medicine as independent investigators.

Applicant Requirements

Applicants to the sleep fellowship-training program are required to have completed a residency in internal medicine, neurology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, or family medicine.  Individuals with subspecialty training such as pulmonary medicine are invited to apply as well. The Sleep Division is located within the Department of Medicine and has nine full-time faculty members. The clinical and research sleep laboratories and affiliated clinical programs at three adjacent hospitals - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia VAMC - evaluate patients with a full range of sleep disorders. Given the multidisciplinary structure of the program, the fellowship curriculum is tailored to allow each trainee to concentrate on a particular area of specialization, e.g. pediatric or adult sleep medicine, through established tracks.

The Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology serves as the research arm of the training program. Its 43 faculty members are drawn from the above clinical departments as well basic science departments, including Genetics and Neuroscience. Each fellow who elects to pursue formal research training forms a mentorship committee that provides advice and guidance during the training process.

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