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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Sleep Medicine Fellowship Overview

The UC Davis Health System's Sleep Medicine fellowship is one (1) year in length and composed of clinical and didactic experiences in a variety of settings and patient populations. Our program accepts one (1) fellow each year. As a fellow, you will be expected to show increasing level of knowledge and skill in areas of physical exam, differential diagnosis, assessment, appropriate testing and analysis, patient care management, and leadership to a level of independence appropriate for an entry level of practice in sleep medicine by the completion of the program.

Specialists in sleep medicine are expected to:

  • participate in an interdisciplinary care of patients of all ages that incorporates aspects of psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, epidemiology, surgery, pediatrics and basic science;
  • learn the physiology and neurobiology underlying sleep and wakefulness;
  • diagnose and manage sleep disorder patients in outpatient and inpatient settings.

You will be exposed to patients within the major categories of sleep disorders, including:

  • apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders
  • parasomnias
  • circadian rhythm disorders
  • insomnia
  • narcolepsy and related excessive daytime sleepiness disorders
  • sleep problems related to other factors and diseases such as medications
  • psychiatric and medical disorders.

You will learn the procedures and diagnostic tests necessary for the evaluation of sleep disorders, including:

  • polysomnography
  • multiple sleep latency testing
  • multiple wake testing
  • portable sleep monitoring
  • actigraphy

The fellowship consists of both adult and pediatric experience, as well as core continuity sleep clinics held at the VA-Mather and UCD in order to provide a diverse patient population, age range, and adequate exposure to both genders. Additional experience will be provided in dental, ENT surgery, craniofacial assessment, and neurology. Behavioral and psychiatric components will include weight management groups, adolescent groups, PTSD, psychiatric clinic, pharmacology, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

During your fellowship, you will develop and refine skills in many areas, including “people” skills, such as communication and leadership, basic and clinical knowledge of sleep disorders, health system information, government influence and regulation, and how to assess and improve yourself as a provider and educator.