Fellowship in Sleep Medicine

Sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver in conjunction with National Jewish Health

Note: We are listed in the ACGME under Sleep Medicine as: University of Colorado Program # 5200714103

Why Choose Our Program?
Whom We Will Choose
Goals of the Fellowship Program
The Curriculum
Teaching
The Application Process
Faculty

 

Why Choose Our Program?

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. National Jewish health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation.

University of Colorado Hospital is among the nation's best health care centers, ranking in five of 16 specialties and reaching top-20 status in nine categories, including twelfth nationwide for the treatment of patients with respiratory disorders, according to the latest "America's Best Hospitals" survey by U.S. News & World Report.

Our program provides comprehensive sleep medicine training with faculty at the Denver VA Medical Center, The Children's Hospital, and National Jewish Health. Fellows rotate with sleep psychology, dentistry, and neuropsychiatry. They are exposed to the various sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, hypersomnia, insomnia, sleep-related movement disorders, circadian rhythm disorders, and pediatric sleep disorders. At the completion of fellowship, trainees have significant expertise in all these disorders.

The faculty members are dedicated to fellow education and are readily available to help the fellow with any issues. Faculty are active in national and local sleep committees and participate in scholarly activities which improve the practice of sleep medicine.

 

Whom We Will Choose

Residents in our program must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow the Resident to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

We select highly motivated, dedicated, and enthusiastic individuals interested in being excellent sleep physicians and developing the field.

 

Goals of the Fellowship Program

The primary objective of this fellowship is to train outstanding sleep medicine physicians. We hope to train physicians who will develop new and additional understanding and contribute knowledge to the field of sleep medicine.

The program is open to physicians who have completed residency training in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, or Otolaryngology. Currently, two ACGME accredited positions are available each year.

 

The Curriculum

The fellowship training is conducted on the campuses of the National Jewish Health, Denver VA Medical Center, The Children's Hospital, and the University of Colorado Denver.

The fellowship program is a one-year clinical training program with research time available for projects and scholarly activities. Trainees are educated and supervised on polysomnography interpretation and are directly supervised in patient clinics. Fellows easily meet the minimum ACGME requirements for completion of sleep medicine training and are eligible to sit for the boards upon completion of fellowship training, provided they have successfully certified in their primary specialty.

 

Teaching

Case-by-case teaching is done in the clinics and is supplemented by several formal-teaching conferences:

  • Journal Club
    Journal Club is a monthly forum for surveying the published literature regarding specific topics relevant to the clinical practice of sleep medicine.
  • Denver Sleep Medicine Conference
    This is a weekly conference at National Jewish Health during where important topics and disorders in sleep medicine are discussed. This is also a forum for case presentations of interesting patients.
  • Didactic Series
    This is a weekly meeting during which the faculty present didactic lectures on various sleep medicine topics. The residents also review board type questions.

The Application Process

  • Completed application
  • Personal statement addressing the following: 1) Why are you interested in sleep medicine as a medical sub-specialty? 2) What attracted you to our program, and how will our program enhance your career goals? 3) What are your future career goals?
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three original letters of recommendation


Program Director and Coordinator information:

Sheila C. Tsai, MD
Program Director
National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson Street, A304a
Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 303.398.1081
Fax: 303.398.1780 
Barbara Ewing-Chow
Program Coordinator
National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson Street, J200-1
Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 303.398.1081
Fax: 303.398.1780

Faculty

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