Fellowship Introduction Letter

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in the University of Wisconsin Sleep Medicine Fellowship. The University of Wisconsin (UW) has an international reputation for excellence in sleep research and education that extends over 25 years. This program has included past and present leaders within the field of Sleep Medicine and sleep research. It has sponsored ground-breaking research that has helped define the field and continues to be at the forefront of investigation with our new Wisconsin Sleep Center. This 16-bed high density EEG Sleep Center is the first of its kind in the world and integrates an innovative patient-centered clinical program with basic science and translational research. This interdisciplinary backdrop serves as an ideal learning environment for those interested in establishing academic and clinical careers in Sleep Medicine. Our faculty members include sleep specialists representing Psychiatry, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Psychology. There are also established affiliations with Pharmacy, Dentistry and Otolaryngology.

Partnership with the William S. Middleton Veterans Administration (V.A.) Hospital Clinical Sleep Program and V.A. Sleep Research Laboratory provides enriched exposures in the areas of geriatric sleep disorders, sleep telemedicine, neuropsychology and respiratory physiology research in sleep. The V.A. boasts a sophisticated electronic medical records system that provides fellows an opportunity to accomplish performance improvement projects and use computer templates in their practice of sleep medicine.

The educational rotations exceed the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and provide a learner-centered experience that is competency-based and tailored to individual fellow's career goals. Affiliation with the University of Wisconsin and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health provides access to cutting-edge learning technologies, programs in clinical research training and seminars that facilitate excellence in teaching. Finally the multiple collaborative experiences with medical students, residents and fellows from a broad range of specialties foster interdisciplinary education.

Our clinical fellowship is a 12-month ACGME-accredited program, after which fellows with academic interests and competitive credentials are encouraged to participate in additional years of research. This funding occurs through NIH training grants, a VA-sponsored research fellowship or Wisconsin Sleep center support. Whether you envision a career in academics as a clinician-scientist, clinician-educator or practitioner in community sleep medicine, our program has the diversity and available mentorship to help you to attain these goals.

We accept applications through the ERAS/NRMP, which opens on July 24, 2013 (see http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SMS-Master-Calendar-Updated-6.23.14.pdf for full calendar). Please spend some time exploring our web site and accompanying links. If you have further questions about our program, please feel free to contact us.

 

Best Regards,

David Plante, MD

Program Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Assistant Professor,  Department of Psychiatry

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health