Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology

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Clinical Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the University of Pennsylvania's Sleep Medicine clinical fellowship. As an independent Division of Sleep Medicine within the Department of Medicine comprised of renowned, multidisciplinary expert faculty, Penn is uniquely positioned to provide exceptional training in academic sleep medicine. 

Program Overview

Our 12-month ACGME-accredited clinical fellowship program offers an outstanding comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare physicians to become exceptional board-certified specialists in academic sleep medicine. Trainees complete rotations in numerous settings including the University of Pennsylvania Health SystemPhiladelphia VA Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  

The program also emphasizes research opportunities to further equip physicians interested in becoming independent investigators. After the initial year, fellows may go on to pursue a 2-3 year postdoctoral research fellowship in one of four distinct tracks (Basic Science, Patient-Oriented Research, Clinical Epidemiology, Translational Research, Health Policy, & Medical Education).

Our graduates have achieved a 100% board pass rate and are consistently successful in securing desired positions across the country. Furthermore, countless alumni go on to become leaders in the field of sleep medicine. 

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Admissions

Applicants to the sleep fellowship-training program are required to have completed a residency in internal medicine, neurology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, family medicine or anesthesiology. Individuals with subspecialty training such as pulmonary medicine are encouraged to apply. 

The University of Pennsylvania Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications will ONLY be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please check the ERAS and NRMP websites for additional information including specific instructions and timelines for applications and match dates, respectively.

Additional documents required for application include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation (one must be from the applicant's most recent Program Director)
  4. USMLE Transcript
  5. Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) or Dean's Letter
  6. Medical School Transcript
  7. ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

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Curriculum

Given the multidisciplinary structure of the program, the fellowship curriculum is tailored to allow each trainee to concentrate on a particular area of specialization, i.e. pediatric or adult sleep medicine, through established tracks.

Under ACGME guidelines, each fellow is required to complete a core curriculum that meets the minimum requirements for clinical training in both adult and pediatric sleep medicine while allowing flexibility to concentrate further in a particular area of interest.

For pediatric track trainees, this will require:

  • Outpatient pediatric sleep medicine experiences  at CHOP
  • Outpatient and inpatient adult sleep medicine experiences spread over the University of Pennslyvania Health System (UPHS) and Philadelphia VAMC sites
  • Continuity practice experiences in both adult and pediatric sleep medicine
  • Review of polysomnography and other sleep-related diagnostic studies
  • Additional electives to allow for a concentrated experience in sleep disorders in children

For adult track trainees, this will require:

  • Outpatient and inpatient adult sleep medicine experiences spread over the UPHS and Philadelphia VAMC sites
  • Outpatient pediatric sleep medicine experiences  at CHOP
  • Continuity practice experience in adult sleep medicine*
  • Review of polysomnography and other sleep-related diagnostic studies
  • Elective time to allow for a concentrated experience in sleep disorders in adult

*Adult track trainees can also request an optional second continuity practice experience in pediatric sleep medicine.

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Current Fellows

Ilia Kritikou, MD

Most Recent Training: Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey, Medical Center, Psychiatry residency

Academic Interest:  My research has focused on sleep disorders, mainly OSA, and their association with cardiometabolic morbidity. I have co-authored 13 original peer-reviewed papers (4 as a first author), and several other manuscripts, currently under preparation or review. My research has also resulted in several posters and oral presentations in national and international conferences. Finally I am one of the authors of an electronic book chapter, on Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA axis) and Sleep.

 

Jessica Oehlke, MD

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Residency: Psychiatry Residency at the University of Vermont

Academic Interests: Sleep disorders in PTSD

 

Stacey Elkhatib Smidt, MD

Undergraduate: Emory University

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Residency: UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatrics and Child Neurology

Academic Interests: Sleep in children with autism spectrum disorder

 

Jennifer So, MD

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Residency: Temple University Hospital (Internal Medicine)

Fellowship: Temple University Hospital (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Academic Interests: Sleep disorder in advanced lung disease especially in COPD, ILD and lung transplant patients, non-invasive ventilation management in sleep, cardiac and pulmonary physiology during sleep, and new modalities in diagnosis of OSA.

 

Robert Stowe, MD

Undergraduate: Wake Forest University

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

Residency: Child Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

Academic Interests:  My research interests lie in the relationship between sleep and epilepsy, including the impact of sleep-disordered breathing on seizure control, the influence of sleep on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the effect of vagus nerve stimulation on sleep-disordered breathing, and the pathophysiology of nocturnal epilepsies. I have additional interests regarding sleep in genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders, the pathophysiology of central sleep apneas, and the impact of sleep in critically ill pediatric patients and neurodevelopmental outcomes.

 

Jason Yu, MD

Most Recent Training: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Otorhinolaryngology residency

Academic Interests: My research interest is in the surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea.  I will be working to compare outcomes in a variety of surgical procedures including transoral robotic surgery for tongue base reduction(TORS) and upper airway stimulation(UAS). 

 

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Recent Fellows

2017-2018
  • Miranda Tan, DO
  • Aesha Jobanputra, MD — Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Luis Ortiz, MD — Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
2016-2017
  • Olufunke Afolabi-Brown, MBBS — Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Jason Bronstein, MD — Mount Sinai Health System
  • Yoon Hee Chang, MD — The University of Pennsylvania 
2015-2016
  • Vivian Asare, MD — Yale University
  • Ilya Khaytin, MD, PhD — Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Rupinder Kullar, MD — Memorial Health Care System 
2014-2015
  • Michael Blechner, MD — St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center 
  • Aileen Love, MD — Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Vu Ho, MD — Mercy Hospital
  • Arun Ramachandran, MD — Cedars-Sinai Medical Group
  • Rachel Paul: Rappahannock Neurology Specialists, Mary Washington Hospital
2013-2014
  • Eric Davis, MD — University of Virginia
  • Wajahat Khan, MD — New Jersey
  • Matthew Scharf, MD, PhD — Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson
  • Michelle Sobremonte-King, MD — Denver Children's Hospital
2012-2013
  • Lama Chahine, MD, PhD — Penn Medicine
  • Brijesh Malkani — West Chester Neurological Consultants
  • Vishal Patel — Beaumont Medical Center
  • Sofia Konstantinopoulou — Sheike Khalifa Medical 
2011-2012
  • Barry Fields, MD — Emory University
  • Christian Morales, MD — Oregon VA Medical Center
  • Shilpa Rajendra Kauta, MD — Christiana Care Neurology
  • Bernie Sunwoo, MD — University of California San Francisco
  • Suraiya Jureshi Haider, MD — Inova Pediatric & Adolescent Sleep Center

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Please feel free to contact us with any inquires or questions about our program or the application process.

Lauren Reeve
Fellowship Coordinator
lauren.reeve@uphs.upenn.edu
215.615.0980