During the 12 months of clinical training in the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, you are under the direct supervision of Mayo Clinic physician consultants with primary specialties of pulmonary medicine, adult and pediatric neurology and psychiatry. You work up, investigate and treat patients with a wide spectrum of sleep disorders, both in the clinic and hospital. Technical training in conducting polysomnography and other sleep tests is provided.
Rotations through general psychiatry, clinical neurophysiology, neurology, dentistry, otolaryngology, maxillofacial surgery, cardiology and pulmonary medicine are arranged as needed to complement the fellow's prior training.
The fellowship call schedule is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Sleep fellows do not generally take overnight or weekend call.
Clinical research is an important part of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, and fellows are expected to participate in at least one research project. Elective time may be available for participation in a new or ongoing research project under the supervision of a member of the sleep center staff.
Specific research opportunities include narcolepsy projects, assisted ventilation, innovative continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), psychiatric issues, REM sleep behavior disorder and restless legs syndrome.
Record review sessions, clinical and research conferences, a didactic lecture series and journal clubs are all integral parts of the program.
Opportunities are available for teaching rotating residents and medical students.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, your performance is monitored carefully during the Sleep Medicine Fellowship. You are evaluated formally by supervising faculty members after each clinical rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations.
Evaluation in the course of the year includes a written test and an objective structured clinical examination. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.