The Yale Sleep Center opened in 1997 and became accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) the same year. The Yale Center for Sleep Medicine is renowned nationally and internationally for its excellence in clinical care and research. It is truly a multidisciplinary center with active participation of faculty from various departments in clinical, research and educational missions of the Center. The Yale Sleep Center has performed over 11,078 polysomnographies and numerous Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT). The Yale Sleep Center has become a major referral center in Connecticut, performing about 200 polysomnographies and 4 MSLTs each month. The Center is comprised of three fully AASM-accredited centers with a total of 15 monitoredbed units. The Center receives referrals from all Connecticut counties as well as northeast states.
The objective of the sleep fellowship is to prepare physicians to become outstanding board-certified clinicians in sleep-disordered Medicine with sleep-related research training to allow them to pursue an academic career in sleep medicine. The program will ensure that the fellows participate in an interdisciplinary care of patients of all ages and genders that incorporates aspects of psychiatry, psychology, neurology, internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, ENT, endocrinology, bariatrics, and oral maxillofacial surgery. The fellows will acquire detailed knowledge of the sleep and respiratory control centers, physiology and neurobiology underlying sleep and wakefulness. The fellows will manage sleep disorder patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The program is structured for fellows to achieve appropriate cognitive and technical knowledge, professional as well as humanistic attitudes and practical knowledge in the field of Sleep Medicine to allow them to function as highly competent sub-specialists in the field.
Yale University School of Medicine is the sponsoring institution and assumes ultimate responsibility for the sleep program. Dr. Naftali Kaminski is the Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Meir Kryger is the Program Director of the Sleep Fellowship Program and Dr. Melissa Knauert is the Associate Program Director.
The fellows rotate through the Adult and Pediatric Yale Sleep Centers and the West Haven VA Sleep Center; there continuity clinics at all of these sites. The fellows also provide consultation to the hospitalized sleep-disordered patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit and on the wards.
To enhance their multidisciplinary exposure, the fellows also participate in various clinics rotating between private psychology, psychiatry dentistry, neurology, pediatrics, Otolaryngology, oral maxillofacial surgery, endocrine/obesity and bariatric surgical clinics. It will give the fellows some exposure to the private practice sector. The program director ensures that there will be continuity of the educational experience at those participating institutions.
The fellows participate in numerous educational activities in the section of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and around the School of Medicine. These include Sleep Bootcamp, the Sleep Weekly Lecture Series and State Sleep Grand Rounds.
As of 2015, the Yale Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program participates in ERAS and NRMP. Yale Sleep will offer 3 positions for the 2018-2019 fellowship class.
Applicants considered for interview with Sleep Medicine must:
1. Have completed (or will) complete a residency in internal medicine, anesthesiology, neurology, pediatrics, family medicine or otolaryngology.
2. Be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident or Sponsored on an H1 or J1 visa.
3. Complete an application online through ERAS.
4. Submit at least three strong letters of recommendation, one from the current Program Director.
5. Have completed USMLE Steps 1 through 3
6. Submit a Personal Statement
7. Register in the National Residency Match Program