The Sleep Fellowship program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been training physicians in the discipline of sleep medicine since 1982 and was one of the first sleep fellowship programs accredited by ACGME in 2005. Its goal is to train the future leaders of Sleep Medicine, who will contribute to the field through clinical work, service, and scholarly activity.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is considered one of the premier sleep research centers in the country as exemplified by grant funding (NIMH, NIH, VA Merit), ground-breaking publications, and journal editorship. It boasts a comprehensive sleep program that represents the disciplines of physiology, epidemiology, molecular biology, neuroimaging, and clinical medicine. Several of the fellowship faculty have served in positions of leadership within national sleep organizations including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
There are two primary training sites for the program. Wisconsin Sleep, which opened in 2007, and houses a model interdisciplinary translational sleep center, with a 16-bed laboratory and comprehensive clinic.At Wisconsin Sleep, our fellows participate in the longitudinal care of patients with a broad array of adult and pediatric sleep disorders, and interpret the full array of sleep studies performed in its state-of the-art sleep laboratory. The laboratory is uniquely situated at the forefront of sleep diagnostic modalities, with both an active ambulatory diagnostic testing program, as wellas the world’s first high-density (256 channel) EEG sleep laboratory.
The other training site for our fellows is William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. The clinical sleep medicine program at the Veterans Administration (VA) is comprised of a sleep laboratory and a clinic that serves as a regional referral clinic for veterans from a three-state area and includes individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The VA Hospital and VA Network place a strong emphasis on performance measures and quality management as evidenced by top ratings in quality, safety and patient satisfaction within both the private and public sectors of health care.
In addition to core rotations at the Wisconsin Sleep and VA clinics and laboratories, our fellows have exposure to a broad array of training opportunities that can be tailored to meet the educational needs of an individual trainee. Supplementary rotations include Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Dental Sleep Medicine, UW/VA EEG laboratory and epilepsy clinics, Otolaryngology/Maxillofacial Surgery, Geriatric Memory Clinic, and Neuropsychological Testing. Another particular strength of the program is in-house pediatric sleep clinic and laboratory exposure, with dedicated pediatric faculty on serving on our training committees.
The rich environment at the University of Wisconsin provides trainees opportunities for learning state-of-the-science monitoring techniques, participating in ground-breaking research, and defining industry standards in quality for the field of sleep medicine. Beyond the one-year ACGME clinical fellowship, opportunities for additional years of mentored research are available and encouraged for qualified fellows.