The fellowship program is a one-year clinical training program. The sleep fellow will spend 60% in pediatric sleep medicine rotations at Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and 40% in adult sleep medicine rotations.
Pediatric Sleep Training
The majority of the fellow’s time will be spent training with pediatric sleep providers. We treat the entire spectrum of sleep disorders, from straightforward cases to the most complex, including children from the Kansas City area as well as many children from surrounding states.
The fellow will have excellent exposure to a wide variety of sleep patients, including narcolepsy and other hypersomnias, insomnia, diagnosis and treatment of sleep related breathing disorders (including our multi-disciplinary craniofacial airway clinic, drug-induced sleep endoscopy, ventilator titrations, and CPAP desensitization), and sleep related movement disorders. We currently have five sleep physicians, a full time sleep psychologist, a dedicated CPAP coordinator, and two nurse practitioners. We work closely with our ENT colleagues, who routinely perform drug-induced sleep endoscopy.
Finally, there is flexibility built into the schedule for the fellow to be able to spent time with other related disciplines, including sleep psychology, otolaryngology, dentistry, and neurology. The fellow will leave our program feeling comfortable independently managing all pediatric sleep disorders.
Adult Sleep Training
The fellow’s adult training and experience will be obtained at University of Kansas and Truman Medical Center sleep clinics and sleep labs. Both of these adult training sites have accredited sleep centers and busy sleep clinic practices.
The University of Kansas has cutting edge sleep interventions with a new hypoglossal nerve stimulator program as well as sleep neurology. Truman Medical Center serves a different patient population mix, and has a high volume of patients with sleep related breathing disorders and chronic insomnia. The fellow will spend one half day clinic at each of these sites per week as well as one half day per week interpreting polysomnograms with faculty there.