Research is not a requirement of the one-year program, but we have a research oriented faculty and will provide both clinical and basic science knowledge for potential academic sleep medicine specialists. An emphasis is placed on identifying areas of ignorance from a spectrum of sleep disorders, and gaps in longitudinal patient care and primary decision-making.
The Division of Sleep Medicine offers a broad and diverse range of clinical, educational and research opportunities, which encompass common sleep disorders. Fellows are exposed to research methodologies and basic science principles that constitute the underpinnings of success in sleep medicine practice. Some trainees enter formal research fellowships.
Original Scholarly Research
We expect our fellows to be involved in some form of original academic work during their sleep medicine training with us; each fellow will meet with faculty early in the academic year to initiate their research project.
The primary goal of the research experience to understand how original scholarly research is established and carried out. At the end of the academic year, fellows would some of their work at the annual Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) meeting.
Some of the research interests of the divisional faculty include:
- Alternatives to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) - e.g., hypoglossal nerve stimulation, NaStent, continuous negative external pressure (CNEP)
- Clinical effectiveness and outcomes
- Genetics of respiratory control
- Narcolepsy and hypersomnolence
- Outcomes research