Sleep Medicine

Fellowship in Sleep Medicine

The fellowship in sleep medicine at LSU Health Shreveport is a one-year program that is designed to provide a high-quality experience in all aspects of sleep medicine. The program has a heavy emphasis on patient centered teaching in the clinic, sleep lab, and hospital plus structured reading and conferences. Fellows gain experience with multiple complex sleep diagnoses, and oversee the diagnosis and management of outpatients and inpatients of all ages. Adults and children are seen in our multidisciplinary sleep center. Our two training sites are the Sleep Disorders Center at University Health and the Sleep Lab at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.

The LSU Health Sleep Disorders Center in Shreveport has been continually accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is the sponsoring institution for the fellowship program. Fellowship experience touches many aspects of polysomnography and studies to assess daytime sleepiness, including scoring raw data, interpretation, and report writing. A broad spectrum of patients are cared for at this campus, including children, women, and elderly patients. Sleep fellows participate in a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic activities.

The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is also home to a completely updated state of the art digital polysomnography system. In addition, in this part of the program, fellows gain more experience working with many different diagnostic modalities, including WatchPAT, Actigraphy, and home PSG studies. Fellows also participate directly in positive airway pressure device therapy initiation and compliance sessions, working closely with respiratory technician staff to improve adherence to therapy.

The training in this fellowship program emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of sleep medicine, exploring aspects of behavioral psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, the interface between medical disorders and healthy sleep patterns, as well as the societal impact of disturbed sleep. Fellows will also gain experience with a systems based medical practice by actively participating in clinical process improvement, as well as with hospital committees.

The fellowship program is operated under the Department of Neurology and fulfills the requirements for board eligibility for the American Board of Medical Specialties board certification exam in Sleep Medicine. This fellowship program is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Although housed in neurology, the sleep center faculty who attend our teaching sleep clinics are multidisciplinary and include neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine and pulmonary care.

Research and Scholarship

Fellows are encouraged to engage in scholarly activity, and faculty assistance with research projects is provided. It is customary for fellows and faculty to attend APSS/SLEEP, the annual Sleep Medicine academic conference in June, where abstracts and posters can be presented.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must be able to show completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in one of the following specialties:  internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, family medicine, otolaryngology, psychiatry, or anesthesiology.  We are sorry, but we are unable to accommodate H1b visa status applicants at this time.  We are seeking academically strong candidates who have a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for sleep medicine, with a strong desire to teach others about this field.  Successful candidates will be excellent communicators, with an ability to think "outside the boundaries" of their primary specialty, in the pursuit of comprehensive clinical experience.

For information on how to apply, please email a letter of interest to Sleep Medicine Division Coordinator Meg Davenport (mdave3@lsuhsc.edu).  

 

2012 Graduates of the fellowship program
2013 Graduates of the fellowship program