The Sleep Medicine Fellowship training program at Baylor College of Medicine offers a unique and comprehensive adult and pediatric clinical training and research opportunities. Our program is unique because of faculty, training sites, and diversity of pathology seen during the training year.
The program is multidisciplinary. We have a large dedicated multidisciplinary faculty, who have received local, national and international recognition, and who are committed to education in sleep medicine. Further, the program has additional non-physician faculty with extensive experience in sleep medicine. The faculty come from Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry and Otolaryngology. Many of the participant faculty are well recognized within Baylor College of Medicine for their excellence in teaching and have been recipients of numerous teaching awards. The sleep medicine faculty are actively involved in clinical practice of sleep medicine, training and education in sleep medicine and research in various fields related to sleep medicine.
The program uses multiple affiliated inpatient and outpatient clinical and sleep laboratory experiences in both the public and private setting. Various sites in this fellowship program provide patient, pathology, gender, age and socio-economic diversity. The experiences are comprehensive in breadth, depth and diversity of diagnoses, allowing the trainees the experiences needed to be adept in the practice of sleep medicine.
The program has a comprehensive curriculum. The fellowship in sleep medicine addresses the full range of issues in clinical sleep research and clinical practice. The impact of normal sleep and the influence of disordered sleep on health and well-being are emphasized. Additionally, the fellowship focuses on the importance of sleep disorders and their treatment on overall health and functioning. The roles of the sleep specialist in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and the collaboration with other health professionals are stressed. Sleep medicine is truly multidisciplinary and our program reflects that fact; content material and faculty from a broad array of specialties is incorporated into the curriculum, including internal medicine, pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, hematology, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, neonatology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, craniofacial surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and dentistry.
The Sleep Medicine Fellowship training program provides training in four of our affiliates including Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital/BCM Sleep Disorders Center, and Texas Children's Hospital.
In addition to providing exceptional patient care and performing excellent research, one of the main focuses of the Sleep Medicine Service at the Baylor College of Medicine is to lead an outstanding fellowship training program in the field of Sleep Medicine. The overall goals of the Sleep Medicine training program as determined by the program curriculum committee are as follows:
1. The goal of the program in sleep medicine is to provide multidisciplinary training in the specialty of sleep medicine such that each graduate is able to provide excellent care to patients throughout their career by way of clinical, investigative and educational efforts. The achievement of this goal is measured by program evaluations from current trainees, past graduates and faculty and by appraisal of the successful careers of all graduates and their sleep board pass rate.
2. The Sleep Medicine Fellowship training program at the Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It is the goal of this program to ensure that all requirements established by that institution are achieved and maintained. All faculty and fellows have the responsibility of acknowledging their part in meeting this goal. The achievement of this goal is measured by the outcomes of reviews by the ACGME and the internal Institutional reviews.
3. In addition, the goal of the educational curriculum of the fellowship training program is that a trainee who successfully completes the training program will have fulfilled the requirements for eligibility for certification in Sleep Medicine by various specialty boards including the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), American Board of Family Practice, and American Board of Otolaryngology. The requirements of the boards are also included in the curriculum of the fellowship program. The achievement of this goal is measured by the In-service examination results and ABIM Board pass rates and results.