Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program

Sleep LabThe Medical College of Wisconsin and its affiliated hospitals serve as a tertiary care referral center. With the participation of Froedtert Hospital, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, the patient population treated by the sleep medicine physicians represents the full age spectrum and the highest medical complexity. Thus, MCW is well positioned to offer a comprehensive, academically stimulating, and unique training environment for sleep fellows.

Accredited Polysomnography laboratories provide a full spectrum of testing for pediatric patients (Children's Hospital of Wisconsin) and adult patients (Froedtert Hospital Center for Sleep). The chief technologists in both laboratories are exceptionally experienced and all staff members are registered polysomnography technologists. These institutions are involved in state-of-the-art imaging techniques and provide all facilities to fully assess sleep disorders and associated medical/ neurologic/anatomic disorders.

A broad exposure to sleep disorders is required for full competency in the care of sleep-disordered patients. Our program is unique in providing an exposure to a broad diversity of patients ranging in age from premature infants to senior citizens. Additionally, MCW faculty provide a rich subspecialty experience including otolaryngology, pulmonary medicine, pediatrics, neurology, as well as psychology.

During the 12 month training period, the fellow will be exposed to the diagnosis and management aspects of the full spectrum of sleep disorders, from those unique in infancy and childhood to those found in adulthood and aging, as well as translation of common sleep disorders as they manifest differently in children and adults. Rotations are set up to provide the fellow with at least two rotational encounters with each faculty member over the course of the year. This will allow the fellow the opportunity to expand on areas in sleep medicine that are most challenging, and will allow the faculty the perspective to assess the fellow's growth and mastery of all aspects of sleep medicine.

Applying for Fellowship

Applications must be received before the application deadline prior to the start of the next academic year. Completed materials (personal statement, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation) must be available prior to interviews of individual applicants.

Rotation Summary

The Department of Otolaryngology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is well positioned to offer a comprehensive, academically stimulating, and unique training environment for sleep fellows. Details of the rotation summary are included.


There are 17 faculty and participating faculty working in the sleep medicine program of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences.

Terms, Conditions and Benefits of Employment

The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc. (MCWAH) offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package. View benefits information on the Graduate Medical Education site.

Lecture Series

Fellows begin with an introductory intensive lecture and laboratory sciences series during the month of July. From August through June, the fellow will participate in the Core Curriculum Lecture series on Friday afternoons and prepare journal club and multidisciplinary case review under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Some of the introductory course topics include:

  • How to take a sleep history Polysomnography, scoring, and interpretation of polysomnograms
  • Recognition of artifacts
  • Montages with additional EEG leads for seizure detection
  • Multiple sleep latency testing and maintenance of wakefulness testing
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Actigraphy
  • Gastrointestinal physiology during sleep and pathophysiology
  • Ontogeny of sleep
  • Clinical manifestations of sleep disorders in children
  • Clinical manifestations of sleep disorders in adults
  • Portable monitoring related to sleep disorders
  • Chronobiological mechanisms
  • Respiratory physiology during sleep and pathophysiology
  • Endocrine physiology during sleep and pathophysiology
  • Basic neurological sleep mechanisms
  • Cardiovascular physiology during sleep and pathophysiology
  • Sleep across the life span
  • CPAP and BIPAP applications and trouble shooting
  • Noseology
  • PFT interpretation
  • Psychological and psychometric tests as they relate to sleep disorders

Research participation is strongly encouraged throughout the fellowship. Fellows are offered an opportunity to participate in ongoing research or establish projects of their own under a faculty mentor.

Graduate Successes

Our fellow graduates have a 100% first board attempt pass rate as of 2011 offering. Our fellows have had success entering both private practice as well as academic careers in sleep medicine.

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