Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine prepares fellows for academic or clinical careers in sleep medicine.

Clinical training occurs at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, and NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, exposing you to a diverse patient population.  Clinic sessions occur at multiple sites, including Bellevue Hospital, the Pulmonary / Critical Care / Sleep medicine Faculty Group Practice, the Manhattan VA Medical Center, and in conjunction with the NYU Langone Department of Neurology.

Our division also provides a rich research environment in sleep medicine, reflecting the multidisciplinary backgrounds of our faculty, clinical fellows, research postdoctoral fellows, and research technicians. We offer the opportunity to extend your fellowship for protected research time one or two years beyond your first clinical training year.

Whatever your focus, we look forward to your time with us as you train for your future in sleep medicine.

Sincerely,

Nishay Chitkara, MD
Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program

Clinical Training

During your clinical training at Bellevue, the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, and Tisch Hospital, you will learn to manage the full spectrum of sleep disorders, including:

•    sleep apnea
•    narcolepsy
•    insomnia
•    excessive daytime sleepiness
•    rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder
•    parasomnia
•    restless legs syndrome

Our specialists also provide comprehensive training in sleep disorder diagnostic tools, including scoring and interpretation of in-lab polysomnography, home modified polysomnography, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance of wakefulness testing, and actigraphy. Supervised interpretation and didactic assessment of in-lab polysomnography results occurs at both our division sleep laboratory and at the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center–Sleep Center.

During the clinical year, you will participate in a total of six half-days of clinic throughout the week, spread across the three clinical sites. Of that time, two half-days are protected for clinical and administrative follow-up, and two half-days are protected for research.

You will also attend mandatory clinical rotations in neurology and electroencephalogram (EEG) interpretation, pulmonary function testing, pediatric sleep medicine, otolaryngology, and sleep dentistry, each lasting two to four weeks.

Research Training

As a clinical fellow, you can participate in current research studies and learn how to develop your own research ideas. We encourage training in academic research, including the scientific method, hypothesis generation, grant writing, and biostatistics, available through a close relationship with NYU Langone’s Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

Our research training addresses a wide variety of topics:

•    general physiology of sleep-disordered breathing
•    positive airway pressure compliance
•    sleep-disordered breathing in pregnancy
•    predictors of sleep stage transitions
•    cognitive consequences of sleep disruption and sleep apnea
•    links between sleep-disordered breathing and neurodegeneration

Although you are not required to secure independent funding, recent fellows have successfully competed for research grant funding through the CTSI, the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Didactic Training

We hold a sleep conference twice weekly for formal didactic teaching on sleep medicine topics, clinical case presentations, journal club, and presentation of research data. You are also expected to attend a monthly respiratory failure conference that entails case presentation and polysomnogram interpretation, with discussion of unique inpatient cases from the Bellevue or Tisch Hospital Respiratory Failure Services.

A variety of clinical and research conferences in sleep medicine are available throughout NYU Langone. A schedule is emailed to fellows at the start of each week. Conferences include, but are not limited to, grand rounds in our Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry. We encourage you to attend these conferences when topics are related to sleep medicine or are otherwise of interest.

Application Process

Applications are accepted through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

Contact Us

For questions about applying to our Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program at NYU, please contact Olivia Podolsky, fellowship coordinator, at olivia.podolsky@nyumc.org or 212-263-6479.