During your clinical training you will be under the direct supervision of Mayo physician consultants with primary specialties of pulmonary medicine, adult and pediatric neurology and psychiatry. You will 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.
Record review sessions, clinical and research conferences, a didactic lecture series and journal clubs are all integral parts of the program.
Clinical Research is an important part of the Sleep Disorders Fellowship, and you 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 CPAP, psychiatric issues, REM sleep behavior disorder and restless legs syndrome.
The fellowship call rotation is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Sleep fellows do not generally take overnight or weekend call.
Opportunities are available for teaching rotating residents and medical students.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your program training. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met. Evaluation in the course of the year will include a written test and an objective structured clinical examination.