About the Program

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has an outstanding Sleep Medicine program. Our sleep center was one of the first accredited sleep centers in the United States. We are a tertiary referral center and care for a multitude complicated patients with sleep complaints. We care for patients with a wide spectrum of sleep disordered breathing, hypersomnia, insomnia and sleep movement disorders. We incorporate various PAP therapies, pharmacological management and cognitive behavioral therapy to manage patients. We also have resources with our otolaryngology, dental, psychiatry and psychology colleagues to help co-manage these patients. We have a 14-bed free standing sleep lab, beds in the Brain and Spine Hospital, and a busy home sleep testing  program.

Our Sleep Medicine Fellowship started in 2007. It is a one-year ACGME-accredited clinical fellowship that has two positions available each year. We have a diverse teaching faculty with backgrounds in pulmonary critical care, neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, otolaryngology, dentistry, and psychology. The fellows also see pediatric sleep medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital Sleep Center.  NCH is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country. Their sleep faculty is diverse with backgrounds in pulmonary, neurology, psychiatry, and psychology.

Why choose Ohio State for a Sleep Medicine Fellowship

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Steven Holfinger, MD

Madelyn Rosenthal, MD

Alpa Patel, MD

Yutiwatt Vorakunthda, MD


Fellowship Overview

  • One year ACGME-accredited program
  • Two positions per year
  • Diverse patient population and comprehensive sleep study interpretation experience. 
  • Diverse faculty- The teaching faculty are comprised of:
    • Adult pulmonary, neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, otolarnyngology, dentistry, and psychology
    • Pediatric pulmonary, neurology, psychiatry, and psychology
  • Comprehensive Curriculum
    • July- Sleep Medicine Bootcamp
    • 7 months of Adult sleep medicine at The Ohio State University
    • 2 months of Pediatric sleep medicines at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    • 2 multi-specialty sleep elective months where the fellows rotate in Otolaryngology, Dentistry, Psychology, and Neuromodulation clinics
    • Scholarship and Quality Improvement project
    • Weekly Sleep Medicine Education Conferences

Curriculum Structure

  • July- Sleep Medicine Bootcamp
  • Seven months of adult sleep medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Two months of pediatric sleep at Nationwide Children’s Hospital  Sleep Center
  • Two months of multi-specialty sleep medicine elective
  • Sleep Medicine Education Conferences
  • Procedural experience

Sleep Medicine Bootcamp
The month of July is dedicated to educating the fellows on sleep study interpretation and introduction to clinical sleep medicine. It is comprised of didactics and sleep study scoring sessions with sleep technologist and faculty. 

Adult Sleep Medicine Rotations
These rotations are comprised of sleep medicine clinics and sleep study interpretation time. There is also a weekly sleep medicine conference comprised of case conference, journal clubs, and didactics. The sleep medicine clinics are staffed by sleep medicine physicians with backgrounds in pulmonary, neurology, and psychiatry. The patient population is diverse with a mixed group of sleep disorders including sleep disordered breathing, primary and secondary central hypersomnia, chronic insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and sleep movement disorders. Being a tertiary care medical center, the patient population ranges from straight forward sleep medicine cases to those having complicating co-morbid medical conditions. 

Pediatric Sleep Medicine Rotations
During this rotation, fellows are at Nationwide Children's Hospital Sleep Center where they will attend pediatric sleep clinics and interpret pediatric polysomnograms with the pediatric sleep specialists. The faculty consists of those with a background in pulmonary, neurology, psychiatry, and psychology. Since it is one of the top children's hospitals in the region, a range of patients are seen with obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, odd sleep behavior (parasomnias or seizures) and insomnia in children with congenital abnormalities leading to sleep difficulties. There is also exposure to neonates with sleep disordered breathing.

Multi-Specialty Sleep Medicine Electives
During this elective, fellows rotate with otolaryngology, dentistry, psychology, and neuromodulation clinics.  

Scholarship and Quality Improvement
The fellows also participate in scholarship and quality improvement projects. They typically will attend and present at SLEEP in June. 

Sleep Medicine Conferences
There are a weekly sleep medicine conference that is comprised of an hour case conference followed by an hour didactic lecture. The case conference is a multidisciplinary and interactive conference where both sleep faculty and fellows will present interesting cases and polysomnography findings. The purpose of the conference is to share and learn the updated literature on topics as well as management of difficult cases. The one hour didactic lecture focuses on sleep physiology and clinical sleep medicine. There is also monthly journal club where fellows present current articles pertinent to the practice of sleep medicine. The purpose of the journal club is to learn how to analyze and interpret the literature in order to improve practice and care of patients.

Clinical and Procedural Experience
Fellows manage a diverse patient population that span all sleep disorders both as primary and co-morbid conditions. They work with colleagues in psychology, otolaryngology, and dentistry to co-manage patients. They also are exposed to neuromodulation in sleep medicine via hypoglossal nerve stimulator and phrenic nerve stimulator patients. 

Fellows interpret 250-350 sleep studies a year. This includes in lab diagnostic and PAP titrations (from CPAP to the advanced positive pressure devices), portable sleep testing, multiple sleep latency, maintenance of wakefulness tests and exposure to actigraphy.

Scholarly Work

Scholarly Work

The fellows will be expected to participate in scholarly activity as well as a quality improvement project during the fellowship year. The activity can be in the form of formal bench or clinical research, or submission of case reports, book chapters or review articles. There is an expectation of publication of the scholarly work. Exposure to faculty conducting research will be given in the beginning of the year so that the fellow can pick a mentor. Time will be given during elective months to work on the chosen project. In addition, the fellows will complete a quality improvement project that will be presented to the sleep medicine group at the end of the year.

Application Process


  • MD or DO
  • Be eligible for an Ohio training certificate or permanent medical license
  • Have three letters of recommendation
  • Have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, otolaryngology or family medicine by the time of entry into the program
  • Hold US citizenship, permanent residency, or J-1 Visa ECFMG (Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program)
    • At this time we no longer sponsor H-1B visas

Application Documents

The following is a list of the required documents necessary to complete the application for our Sleep medicine Fellowship.

  1. USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 or COMLEX Scores
  2. A letter from your residency program director (submitted via ERAS)
  3. Three reference letters (submitted via ERAS) 
  4. A recent photograph of the applicant

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program. Candidates must apply to the program using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).


Interviews are conducted on Mondays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., during the months of August through October. 

Apply now

Dena Baird
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 614-293-4062

Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
201 Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
473 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Meet the Program Director:


Meena Khan, MD

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