Sleep Medicine Elective Toolkit


This resource is not all-inclusive but is a general guide for the trainee enrolled in a sleep elective. This toolkit represents a living resource undergoing periodic updates.

A trainee’s interest in sleep medicine is often sparked by a stimulating sleep elective experience. This Sleep Medicine Elective Toolkit is designed to encompass common clinical resources related to the sleep medicine field.  It contains a variety of resources that highlight the importance of sleep medicine and findings in the field to inspire a passion for sleep medicine in trainees. At the same time, this is intended to provide trainees who may not plan to focus in career in sleep medicine with a handful of helpful resources to competently manage sleep disorders within their own specialties.

The objective is to improve sleep education by providing a resource that may be used to:

  1. Provide a suggested, overarching guide for education during existing sleep electives and
  2. Incentivize new clinical sites to offer sleep medicine electives by offering an educational resource for such electives.

This resource is intended for medical students, residents/fellows in training programs of traditional “feeder” specialties* for sleep medicine, medical schools, and program directors, with the hopes they will find this to be a valuable resource in their sleep medicine experience.

*Feeder specialties for sleep medicine include, but are not limited to pulmonary/critical care, neurology, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, otorhinolaryngology, and anesthesiology

Getting Started

Learn the fast facts about a sleep medicine rotation, opportunities to get involved as a trainee, and resources to help you as you start your sleep medicine rotation.

Information on Common Sleep Disorders

Below are common sleep disorders seen by sleep medicine professionals. Click on the plus signs for a list of fast facts, continued readings related to the disorder, or additional online resources.

After Your Rotation

Considering a career in sleep medicine? Learn about the highlights to this career path, along with resources to further pursue this path.

This Sleep Medicine Elective Toolkit was created by members of the 2018-2019 AASM Young Physicians Committee: Reena Mehra, MD; Eric Olson, MD; Mustafa Bseikri, MD; Charles Guardia, MD; Chris Hope, MD, MHA, RPSGT; Jennifer Marsella, MD; Nik Samtani, MD; Virginia Skiba, MD; Lauren Tobias, MD and Jessica Vensel Rundo, MD.