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The Rush Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center dates its existence back to 1978. Our center has had an active sleep medicine fellowship program since 1995 and a formal fellowship accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2001.

The program currently has American Academy of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation for two fellowship positions.

Fellows are based at Rush University Medical Center, a top academic medical center proud of its core values of innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence (I CARE). Sleep medicine fellows train to care for patients in different settings within Rush: outpatients referred to the sleep center for initial or second opinions and those referred to behavioral sleep medicine, pediatric sleep medicine, sleep ENT, neurology (with focus on ventilatory management of patients with neuromuscular disease) and bariatric surgery. Fellows also work with sleep medicine faculty supporting the pulmonary and critical care program with inpatient sleep medicine consultations of complex cases.

As an integral part of their training, fellows score/interpret sleep testing. Diagnostic studies including those with extended electroencephalographic montage, REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) montage, carbon dioxide monitoring, multiple sleep latency tests, actigraphy and therapeutic/titration polysomnographic studies from CPAP to “advanced” titration of volume assured pressure support ventilators, adaptive-servo ventilators with/without oxygen.

With comprehensive experience and utilizing resources from electronic health records, sleep testing, video monitoring, and cloud-based tele-health systems, the sleep team present challenging/interesting clinical cases weekly. Essential topics are also reviewed in detail thoroughly by faculty, guest speakers and trainees during weekly continuous medical education (CME) credited sleep medicine grand rounds and quarterly multidisciplinary grand rounds.

Fellows also participate in quality improvement and clinical research projects to be presented at national meetings and prepared for publication. While this is only a 12-month fellowship, there have been a number of abstracts presented by our fellows at the national academic meetings such as SLEEP, ATS and others.

The sleep medicine fellowship at Rush provides the experience needed to practice sleep medicine in any setting (private, academic, urban or not). We are determined to support our trainees to reach their best potential and we are looking forward to an exciting year!

The Future of Sleep Medicine

The national need for additional sleep medicine physicians was illustrated in a discussion paper from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Watson, Nathaniel F., Ilene M. Rosen, and Ronald D. Chervin. “The past is prologue: the future of sleep medicine.” Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 13, no. 01 (2017): 127-135). Given the high prevalence of sleep disorders, there continues to be a current and projected shortage of board-certified sleep specialists with the current ratio of people to sleep specialists in the United States being greater than 43,000:1. It has also been identified that the field of sleep specialists has plateaued and retiring sleep specialists are expected to outpace the number of new board-certified sleep medicine physicians. As active members of the academic sleep society, we recognize this need. The Rush sleep center applied and was selected by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) to be one of five trial centers for a blended fellowship program which begins in July 2019. This program will train an existing pulmonary critical care fellow in sleep medicine in unison with their current fellowship over the next 18 months, we are excited about this opportunity.

How to apply

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship participates fully in the Electronic Residency Application Service match system through the National Resident Matching Program. Please submit applications to ERAS as it becomes available in July.

Our program complies with criteria for fellow eligibility as specified by Rush University. The program is approved by the ACGME to train two fellows per year. Fellow applicants must have completed a core educational program accredited by the ACGME, in a sponsoring specialty. The sponsoring specialties are internal medicine, neurology, otolaryngology, pediatrics and psychiatry. Applicants are required to submit an application, curriculum vitae, cover letter, personal statement and three letters of recommendation in ERAS. We will contact eligible candidates for interviews beginning in September, with the program starting the following July.

Our program accepts H-1B and J-1 non-immigrant international medical graduates.

Please email Chad Ouankeo-Ratsamy if you have questions or need more information.