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Sleep Medicine Training

The Sleep Medicine training program at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been a fully-accredited program since 2013. Our program is a one-year program which prepares the trainee for certification in Sleep Medicine. The goal is to prepare highly qualified physicians for clinical practice and academic careers.

Using a predominantly outpatient approach, our sleep fellows are exposed to a variety of sleep disorders including:

  • Sleep disordered breathing disease
    • obstructive sleep apnea
    • central sleep apnea
    • hypoventilation, congenital and acquired
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy Type I and II
  • Other disorders of hypersomnia
  • Insomnia

The program includes diagnosis and evaluation in both pediatric and adult populations. We have multidisciplinary subspecialty support involved in the education of the sleep fellows including ear, nose & throat (ENT), neurology, psychiatry, dentistry, and oral maxillofacial surgery. The training sites are the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center and the OU Medical Center. Treatment programs for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia are also available at the VA Medical Center and at the OU Medical Center.

The OU Medical Center operates two sleep labs: A main sleep lab located in the Women and Children’s Hospital and one at the OU Edmond Hospital. The Edmond sleep lab conducts both diagnostic and therapeutic polysomnograms for sleep disordered breathing in adults. The main sleep lab sees a varied population for sleep testing services. The main sleep lab services include performing diagnostic testing for sleep disordered breathing with at home sleep screener polysomnograms or overnight in-lab polysomnograms. Positive airway pressure titration studies can also be performed in the sleep lab, as can other testing modalities such as Multiple Sleep Latency Testing and actigraphy. Our lab is well staffed and capable of catering to different populations including day and night shift workers, which allows daytime in- sleep studies to be done during the patient’s normal sleeping hours. Given the proximity to the pediatric and neonatal ICU, in select circumstances we also perform sleep testing on congenital malformation disorders, apparent life-threatening events for infants, and testing for tracheostomy weaning safety.