Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program

Program Overview

Our program accepts two fellows each year and prepares them for academic or clinical careers in Sleep Medicine. We are especially committed to preparing fellows for careers in academic Sleep Medicine, and opportunities to extend the fellowship for protected research time for an additional 1-2 years beyond the first clinical year are available. Though independent funding is in no way required, recent fellows have successfully competed for research grant funding through NYU’s Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), through the American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF), and through the NIH.

Fellowship Program Director:

Dr. Nishay Chitkara is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Program Director of the ACGME accredited NYU Sleep Fellowship program. He is board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Doctor Chitkara’ s clinical experience includes all areas of sleep disorders, from childhood to adolescence and adulthood to geriatric sleep disorders as well as Pulmonary Critical Care.

Clinical Training

Clinical training includes management of all facets of Sleep Medicine including Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Insomnia, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, REM Behavior Disorder, Parasomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, and many other sleep disorders. Fellows are trained in all aspects of sleep diagnostic tools including scoring and interpretation of in-lab polysomnography, home modified polysomnography, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance of wakefulness testing, and actigraphy.

Clinical training takes place across three sites: The NYU Sleep Disorders Center housed within Bellevue Hospital (27th St. and First Ave), the Manhattan VA Hospital (23rd St. and First Ave), and at a private clinic called Sleep Medicine Associates of New York City, overlooking beautiful Madison Square Park (26th St. between Madison and Fifth Avenues). All clinical sites are within a twenty minute walk of one another. There are two 5-bed sleep laboratories, one at the NYU Sleep Disorders Center and one at Sleep Medicine Associates of New York City. Clinic patients at the Manhattan VA receive their sleep studies at the NYU Sleep Disorders Center. Supervised interpretation of the in-lab polysomnography occurs at both the NYU Sleep Disorders Center and Sleep Medicine Associates of New York City daily in the mornings beginning at 8:30 am and 8:00 am respectively, and fellows generally alternate daily between sites. During the clinical year, there are a total of six half-days of clinic throughout the week spread across the three clinical sites, two half-days for clinical/administrative followup, and two half-days protected for research.

During the clinical year there are also mandatory clinical rotations in neurology/EEG interpretation, pulmonary function testing, pediatrics, otolaryngology, and sleep dentistry, each lasting two to four weeks in duration.

Research Training:

There is a rich research environment in Sleep Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center which reflects the multidisciplinary backgrounds of our constituent faculty, clinical fellows, research postdoctoral fellows, and research technicians. General research topics include, but are not limited to, general physiology of sleep disordered breathing, PAP compliance, sleep disordered breathing in pregnancy, predictors of sleep stage transitions, cognitive consequences of sleep disruption/sleep apnea, and links between sleep disordered breathing and neurodegeneration, particularly in relation to Alzheimer disease (click Current Research for more detail). Clinical fellows will have the opportunity to participate in current research studies and/or learn how develop their own research ideas. Training in academic research including scientific method/hypothesis generation, grant writing, and biostatistics is encouraged and available through a close relationship with the NYU Clinical Translational Science Institute.

Education:

A Sleep Conference is held twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This conference is used for formal didactic teaching on sleep medicine topics, clinical case presentations, journal club, and presentation of research data. Attendance is additionally expected of fellows at Respiratory Failure Conference, which occurs from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the first Monday of every month and entails case presentation and polysomnography interpretation of an inpatient on the Bellevue Respiratory Failure service. Overall a wide panoply of clinical and research conferences is available throughout NYU Langone Medical Center, the schedule for which is emailed to the fellows at the start of each week. This includes, but is not limited to, the Grand Rounds for the Department of Neurology, the Department of Psychiatry, and the Division of Pulmonology, and fellows are encouraged to attend these when topics are related to sleep medicine or are otherwise of interest.

Program Application:

  • Applicants have been matched for 2015. The 2016 application will be processed through www.aamc.org/eras.
  • For specific questions about applications to Sleep Fellowship Training Program, please contact:

Olivia Podolsky
Olivia.Podolsky@nyumc.org
212-263-2315