The 1-year Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Sleep Disorders Center emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach to patients with sleep disorders. The full-time faculty sleep specialists, all of whom are based in the Sleep Disorders Center, include one neurologist, and two pulmonologists. Additional faculty consultants include otolaryngologists and behavioral medicine specialists. Fellows work with these specialists in the course of the program.
The program focuses on clinical sleep medicine, but research, teaching, and quality improvement are also part of the experience. Fellows participate in outpatient evaluations, inpatient consultations, and polysomnographic (in-lab and home sleep testing) assessment of a broad array of sleep disorders. Each fellow has their own continuity clinic in which they will follow their own patients across the year.
In combination with clinical training, fellows receive regular didactic instruction in normal sleep, sleep pathologies and treatment issues from sleep medicine faculty and outside experts. Each fellow will complete a research project and quality improvement project prior to graduation.
Fellows also have opportunities to participate in the educational mission of the center through the instruction of medical students, residents, and community groups. This program is designed to prepare interested physicians to successfully complete the examination for board certification/added qualification in Sleep Medicine, which is granted by the candidate's primary ABMS board. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and has received multiple commendations for the program’s adherence to educational standards.
To educate fellows to be excellent Sleep Medicine physicians and foster the skills and intellectual curiosity necessary to maintain that level of excellence throughout an entire career.
- To provide fellows with the knowledge and skills to be excellent sleep medicine physicians.
- Foster intellectual curiosity and provide the tools for life-long learning.
- Provide a nurturing environment in which physician, staff and patient well-being is prized.