The Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the University of Vermont Medical Center is an ACGME accredited one-year postgraduate fellowship designed to provide superb sleep medicine training and prepare the fellow for a successful career in Sleep Medicine. Our Sleep Medicine Fellowship emphasizes the integration of clinical care, education and research in a collegial environment. One Sleep Medicine Fellow is accepted each year.  

Sleep Fellowship Curriculum

Upon completion of the fellowship, the Sleep Fellow will be proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of sleep disorders for both adults and children.  He or she will be fully competent in interpreting PSGs, Titrations, MSLT, MWT, HSAT, Actigraphy and in using PAP devices, phototherapy, medications and behavioral therapy to treat sleep disorders.  

Sleep Medicine Fellowship Structure

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship starts with a one month rotation in the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory to gain proficiency in reading EEG with time also dedicated to learning the operation of the Sleep Laboratory. The next month is spent learning the operation of the Sleep Clinic and gaining additional specialty clinic exposure including ENT, Dentistry, Bariatric Surgery and Psychology as well as gaining a familiarity with the Durable Medical Equipment companies. 

Ten Months are then dedicated to intensive clinical and sleep laboratory training. On Mondays through Thursdays, the Sleep Fellow sees patients at the Sleep Clinic at the UVM Medical Center Sleep Program and reads Sleep Studies supervised by the Sleep Medicine Attending of the day. On Fridays, the Sleep Fellow sees patients at the Sleep Clinic at the Burlington-Lakeside VA Clinic in Burlington (2 miles away), supervised by the Sleep Fellowship Director.   In addition, the Sleep Fellow gains experience in inpatient Sleep Medicine by spending several one week blocks over the course of the year rotating with the Pulmonary Consult Service at UVM Medical Center, focusing on inpatient sleep disordered breathing consults.  

The Sleep Fellow has the option of spending a two week block dedicated to a special area of interest, such as Pediatric Sleep Medicine, inpatient Pulmonary Sleep, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, etc. For example, we offer a two week block at St.Peter’s Sleep Center in Albany, NY working with a Pediatric Sleep Medicine physician. In addition the Sleep Fellow may take advantage of a variety of educational opportunities unique to UVM Medical Center, such as the Clinical Informatics Elective. 

The Sleep Fellow is expected to participate in the weekly Sleep Medicine Conferences, which include a monthly Clinical Case Conference and a monthly Journal Club. In addition, the Sleep Fellow is encouraged to attend a variety of Grand Rounds that are pertinent to Sleep Medicine and to watch the AASM sponsored webinars for Sleep Medicine Fellows. To round out the clinical experience, the Sleep Fellow is encouraged to complete one research project or quality initiative (QI) project under the mentorship of one of the attending physicians.

There is flexibility to the Sleep Fellowship structure depending on the strengths of incoming candidates, such as those with extensive neurophysiology or pulmonary backgrounds.

Research

The fellow is required to complete one research project or quality improvement (QI) project under the mentorship of one of the attending physicians.

Staff

Our Sleep Medicine Faculty are all board certified in Sleep Medicine. Primary specialties include: Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Neurology and Psychiatry. The UVM Medical Center Sleep Program Staff also includes:  one Nurse Practitioner, three administrative staff, one RN, one Lead RPSGT, 3 daytime RPSGTs and 11 night RPSGTs.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits are commensurate with a PGY5 level.

Prerequisites

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited training program in the U.S. or Canada, must be board-certified or eligible in their primary specialty and must be licensed or eligible for licensure by Vermont and New York State.   The Sleep Program prefers to receive applications by September 15 in order to have sufficient time to review applications and conduct interviews prior to decision-making.  We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).   

Further information about the training program and an application can be obtained by contacting:

Mary Thompson
University of Vermont
89 Beaumont Avenue, Given D401
Burlington, VT 05401
mary.thompson@uvmhealth.org.