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 of 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 as well as beds in the epilepsy monitoring unit that are used for sleep studies at the Brain and Spine Hospital. We also have a busy portable sleep study program.

Our Sleep Medicine Fellowship started in 2007. It is a one-year ACGME-accredited clinical fellowship that has two positions available each year. The focus is on adult sleep medicine with rotations in adult sleep, pediatric sleep, neurology and psychiatry. The fellows also have clinical experiences with otolaryngology, dentistry and psychology. In addition they interpret 200-300 sleep studies a year. In addition, fellows will complete a scholarly project during their fellowship year.

In addition to our core sleep medicine faculty, the fellows will have exposure to faculty in neurology, psychiatry, ENT and dentistry as these disciplines interact closely with our program. We also work in conjunction with Nationwide Children's Hospital Sleep Center to provide the fellows with experience in pediatric sleep medicine. The combined resources of the various disciplines offer outstanding opportunities for training.

Curriculum

Fellowship Overview

  • One year ACGME-accredited program
  • Two fellows accepted each year
  • Well-rounded clinical experience
  • Research opportunities
  • Four different sleep medicine clinic locations
  • 10 faculty physicians whose practice is devoted to sleep medicine with backgrounds in adult pulmonary and neurology as well as pediatric pulmonary, neurology and psychiatry
  • Associated faculty in otolaryngology, dentistry and psychology who care for sleep medicine patients as part of their practice and participate in our program

Clinical Rotations

  • July- introduction to sleep medicine 
  • Seven months of adult sleep at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Two months of pediatric sleep at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Two months of multi-specialty sleep medicine experiences
During the month of July, the fellows will have a series of lectures as an introduction to the fellowship. These include topics such as evaluation of a sleep patient, the approach to different sleep complaints and introduction to interpretation of polysomnography. The fellows will also have several sessions to learn scoring of polysomnography.

During the adult sleep months, the fellows will spend most of their time seeing patients in the sleep clinic and interpreting diagnostic in lab polysomnograms, portable home sleep testing, multiple sleep latency tests, maintenance of wakefulness tests, various PAP titration studies and actigraphy. Case conferences and lectures pertaining to sleep medicine are conducted weekly.

The fellows also will spend two months 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 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. In addition, fellows will have exposure to the fields of neurology, cardiology, psychiatry, dentistry and otolaryngology during their multi-specialty sleep medicine months. This provides fellows exposure to how these areas interact with sleep medicine. The fellows see an entire spectrum of sleep disorders including but not limited to:
  • Obstructive sleep apnea                              
  • Central sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Hypersomnia
  • Odd behavior in sleep
  • Parasomnia
  • Periodic limb movements of sleep
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Insomnia

Conferences

Case Conference

Starting in August, there will be a weekly one-hour case conference every Monday morning. This is a multidisciplinary and interactive conference where both sleep faculty and fellows will present interesting cases and polysomnography findings to the audience. The purpose of the conference is to share and learn the updated literature on topics as well as management of difficult cases.

Didactic Conference

The month of July, there will be a series of lectures every Monday to serve as an introduction to sleep medicine. Starting in August, there will be a weekly one-hour lecture every Monday morning after case conference focusing on the clinical aspects and physiology of sleep medicine.

Research Conference

There is a monthly research conference. The conference topics include effective ways to evaluate and conduct original research, writing manuscripts and current ongoing original research being conducted at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We also invite nationally known speakers in the field of sleep medicine to speak to us about their current research.

Journal Club

Sleep fellows will participate in a monthly journal club. Fellows will 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.

Application Process

Prerequisites

  • 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
    • Click Eligibility Requirements for Residency/Fellowship Appointments for more information

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). ERAS, a service developed by the AAMC, transmits application materials via the internet to programs in residency and selected fellowship specialties. Specialty matches conducted by the NRMP do not provide centralized services for the application process. 

Do not send any program applications to the NRMP.

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Programs review candidates' credentials and, if interested, invite them for interviews. Applicants also are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program prerequisites and institutional policies regarding eligibility for appointment to a fellowship position prior to ranking a program through the NRMP.

Dena Baird
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Dena.Baird@osumc.edu
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:

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Meena Khan, MD

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