Morsani College of Medicine

Curriculum

Clinical Training

During your clinical training you will be under the direct supervision of USF College of Medicine physician consultants with primary specialties of pulmonary medicine, adult and pediatric neurology, otolaryngology, dentistry and psychiatry. You will work-up, investigate and treat patients with a wide spectrum of sleep disorders, both in the clinic and hospital settings. Technical training in conducting polysomnography and other sleep tests is provided. Rotations through general psychiatry, clinical neurophysiology, neurology, dentistry, otolaryngology, ENT surgery, and pulmonary medicine are arranged as needed to complement the fellow's prior training.

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Didactic Training

The fellowship year begins with intense Boot Camp, personalized training in the performance and interpretation of sleep studies and concentrates on the initial evaluation of patients with sleep disorders. Record review sessions, clinical and research conferences, a didactic lecture series, and journal clubs are all integral parts of the program.

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Research

Clinical Research is an important part of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, and you are expected to participate in at least one research project. Elective time may be available for participation in a new or ongoing research project under the supervision of a member of the Sleep Center staff. Specific research opportunities include narcolepsy projects, assisted ventilation, innovative CPAP, psychiatric issues, REM sleep behavior disorder and restless legs syndrome.

To view some of our most recent Research, please visit https://health.usf.edu/medicine/sleep/research

Call Frequency

Fellows assigned to either TGH or the JAHVA takes daytime call during weekdays.

Teaching Opportunities

Opportunities are available for teaching rotating residents and medical students.

Evaluation

To ensure the trainee acquires adequate knowledge and develops their technical skills, performance will be monitored carefully during the course of the program training. The trainee will be evaluated formally by the supervising faculty member, quarterly, and will meet with the program director to review these evaluations on a semiannual basis. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to evaluate the faculty, anonymously, on a semiannual basis, to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

Other Evaluation methods include an in-service, written exam and an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), at the beginning and end of fellowship training.