The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine offers a Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The current program has evolved from clinical and research training programs in sleep medicine, which have trained numerous post-doctoral fellows in the past 30 years. The fellowship combines interdisciplinary clinical and research training activities, which are interwoven over a two-year period (one year clinical, one year research). The clinical training experience interweaves a series of longitudinal outpatient clinics with sleep specialty clinics that are incorporated into specific rotations. The program consists of four distinct areas of training:
- Sleep disorders clinics
- Sleep laboratories
- Conferences (core curricular lectures, weekly case conference, monthly journal club, research conference and dedicated, supervised polysomnography review sessions)
- Mentored research
The Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program provides a broad range of clinical and research training opportunities in sleep medicine and fosters the development of an academic career. In each area, fellows are encouraged to play an active role in evaluating and managing cases with faculty, staff and other fellows. Each fellow also is expected to pursue a research project with a faculty mentor throughout the program.
The clinical training program consists of a series of longitudinal outpatient clinic and laboratory experiences, as well as two-month rotations designed to broaden the fellow’s exposure to specialty areas of sleep medicine.
Each fellow will participate in adult and pediatric sleep medicine clinics at both Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Specialty sleep clinics in ENT, dental, neurology, psychiatry, behavioral psychology and pulmonary medicine will complement the fellow’s longitudinal clinic experiences. Finally, the fellow will spend substantial amounts of time working in pediatric and adult sleep laboratories, learning how to conduct, analyze and interpret sleep studies, portable monitoring studies and actigraphy. Fellows also will be active participants in an extensive sleep lecture series, journal club, research seminar and interdisciplinary case conference throughout the fellowship.
A recent report from the Institute of Medicine highlights the mandate for training academically oriented medical investigators in sleep medicine (see National Academic Press, 2006, “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem”). This report urges that “all academic health centers strive to develop or transform the current sleep activities into interdisciplinary sleep programs. There is too much at stake—a large patient population, high levels of under-diagnosis and a high public health toll—for inaction.”
Each fellow will pursue a research project related to sleep medicine under the guidance of a faculty mentor. A broad range of projects and mentors are available in the basic sciences, translational biology, or clinical physiology and epidemiology.
In pursuing their research project, the fellow will gain exposure and training in all aspects of scientific investigation. Each fellow will learn how to formulate a cogent research plan, prepare a research protocol (for the Institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use Committees), conduct research, analyze findings and present these findings in research seminars and national meetings. The fellow also will gain experience in preparing a grant application for fellowship funding and at least one original manuscript.
An essential component to the training experience consists of the preparation of a National Research Service Award grant application. This application should be prepared within the first year of fellowship. It provides the opportunity to present the background, significance and preliminary data for the fellow’s major hypothesis, and to outline a research plan. The appropriate timing for this application is left to the discretion of the fellow and their faculty mentor.
Fellowship faculty members span the Departments of Anesthesiology, Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, Dentistry and ENT Surgery. Collectively, the teaching academic interests of the faculty reflect the comprehensive breadth and depth of sleep medicine. A brief list of academic activities and research interests of the faculty within each department is provided below.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Psychiatry and Behavioral Psychology
The faculty is actively involved in the evaluation and management of patients with sleep-disordered breathing, with particular emphasis on pediatric patients and patients with nasal pathology.
Steven Scherr, D.D.S.
How to Apply
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and per both national and the Johns Hopkins Graduate Medical Education Committee guidelines, all interviews will be conducted virtually. Information regarding the interview process will be provided to candidates selected. We plan to interview candidates during the month of September.
Eligible fellowship candidates will have completed a residency program in psychiatry, neurology anesthesiology, internal medicine, 0or otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, or a fellowship in adult or pediatric pulmonary medicine.
The Johns Hopkins Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program will be participating in the National Residency Matching Program. Applications will ONLY be accepted on-line through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please check the ERAS and NRMP websites for specific information and timelines regarding application submission and match-related information, respectively.
In addition to the information required by ERAS, please submit the following online through ERAS as part of your application:
- Current curricula vitae (CV)
- Three letters of recommendation (One should be from your most recent Program Director)
- Personal Statement based on the questions in the Johns Hopkins Sleep Medicine Supplemental Fellowship Application
- Dean’s letter or Medical School Transcript
- USMLE Scores
- ECFMG certificate, if applicable
All applicant materials are reviewed, but only select applicants will be asked to come for an interview. Interviews usually are scheduled during the months of September and October. Notification of selection for the fellowship will be through the match.
For more information or further assistance, please call Ms. Robin Fishel, the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Coordinator at 410-550-0574 or by e-mail at email@example.com.