Residencies and Fellowships
Following successful completion of an accredited medical school curriculum, those interested in sleep medicine enter a residency in a specialty that can lead into a sleep medicine subspecialty. The majority of sleep medicine physicians specialize in internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, or neurology; however, physicians specializing in family medicine, otolaryngology, and anesthesiology can also enter a sleep medicine fellowship.
Sleep medicine fellowships are one-year programs that provide thorough clinical training and research experience in the field of sleep medicine. During the program, fellows learn about the normal mechanisms of sleep physiology and the pathophysiology of sleep disorders. Fellows gain competency in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders that help them develop skills for the interdisciplinary care of patients of all ages. Sleep medicine fellowships incorporate aspects of internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, surgery, epidemiology and basic science.