The Sleep Medicine Fellowship at LSU Health Shreveport is a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship program with two total positions. Fellows have had a 100% board pass rate for the past five years. It was the first Sleep Medicine Fellowship in the State of Louisiana, established in 1983. The LSU Health Shreveport Sleep Disorders Center in Shreveport has been continually accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1985, and is the sponsoring institution for the fellowship program. 

Sleep Medicine Fellows work closely with our attending physicians in a collegial and tutorial academic environment. The didactic schedule we have developed helps our fellows to improve their knowledge base and also helps to improve their clinical decision-making abilities to function as competent, independent Sleep Medicine providers. Our fellows well-being are a primary focus of our program.

Fellowship experience touches many aspects of polysomnography and studies to assess daytime sleepiness, including scoring raw data, interpretation, and report writing. Sleep fellows participate in a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic activities, including In-hospital Portable Out-of-Center Sleep Testing (OCST), Home Sleep testing, Actigraphy. Fellows participate in weekly CPAP-Follow-Up Clinic to assure continuity of care for patients with Sleep-disordered breathing.

Educational experience includes participation in weekly grand rounds in Sleep Medicine and the Neurology Department; monthly Sleep Medicine journal club meetings; monthly Sleep Medicine practice parameters and guidelines club; monthly research club monthly LSU S.L.E.E.P. medicine interest group meetings; Sleep Medicine seminars, American Academy of Sleep Medicine annual meeting.

Clinical experience includes pediatric, adult and geriatric Sleep Medicine; sleep studies interpretation and Sleep Medicine methodology application / utilization; outpatient Sleep Medicine; acute inpatient Sleep Medicine; Sleep Medicine of military veterans; and dental / OMFS Sleep Medicine.

Sleep Fellows rotate through Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport's Sleep Lab, hospital and ambulatory clinics and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is home to a completely updated state of the art digital polysomnography system. In this part of the program, fellows gain more experience working with many different diagnostic modalities, including OCST and Sleep Tele-Medicine. Fellows also participate directly in positive airway pressure device therapy initiation and compliance sessions, working closely with respiratory technician staff to improve adherence to therapy.

The training in this fellowship program emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of sleep medicine, exploring aspects of behavioral psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, the interface between medical disorders and healthy sleep patterns, as well as the societal impact of disturbed sleep. Fellows gain experience with a systems based medical practice by actively participating in clinical process improvement, as well as with hospital committees.

The fellowship program is operated under the Department of Neurology and fulfills the requirements for board eligibility for the American Board of Medical Specialties board certification exam in Sleep Medicine. This fellowship program is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

TO APPLY

Interested candidates must  show completion of an ACGME accredited residency program in one of the following:  internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, family medicine, otolaryngology, psychiatry, or anesthesiology.  We are sorry, but we are unable to accommodate H1b visa status applicants at this time.

We are seeking academically strong candidates, who have a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for sleep medicine with a strong desire to teach others about this field. Successful candidates will be excellent communicators, with an ability to think "outside the boundaries" of their primary specialty, in the pursuit of comprehensive clinical experience.

For information on how to apply, please email a letter of interest to Delores Brown, Program Coordinator, Sleep Medicine Fellowship at dbro23@lsuhsc.edu

SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER 

Founded by Medical School Dean Emeritus Dr. Andrew Chesson and nationally accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1985, the Center provides integrated multidisciplinary care in sleep medicine, operates a nationally accredited program for training physicians in the practice of sleep medicine, and conducts research to discover new knowledge about sleep disorders.

Research

Research experience covers case report writing skills development, monthly research club, and opportunities for quality improvement projects, clinical research projects and basic science research projects.

  1. Sleep for Stroke Management and Recovery Trial (Sleep SMART). Sleep SMART is a phase 3 multi-site, parallel-group superiority trial with a prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded-endpoint (PROBE) design. The primary goals of this study are to determine whether treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with positive airway pressure started shortly after acute ischemic stroke or high risk TIA (1) reduces recurrent stroke, acute coronary syndrome, and all-cause mortality during 6 months after the event, and (2) improves stroke outcomes at 3 months in patients who experienced an ischemic stroke. The 5-year study includes two trials: a prevention study with an embedded recovery trial. Sleep SMART aims to randomize 3,062 subjects at 110 sites within StrokeNet , an NINDS-funded clinical trials network. 
    For more information:
    StrokeNet Sleep SMART website: https://www.nihstrokenet.org/clinical-trials/prevention-trials.
  2. Innovative Acute Inpatient Sleep Medicine project
  3. LSU SLEEP and PTSD project
  4. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Animal model project

RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP

Fellows are encouraged to engage in scholarly activity, and faculty assistance with research projects is provided. Fellows participate in monthly QI projects/Research Club to develop research and quality improvement skills. It is customary for fellows and faculty to attend APSS/SLEEP, the annual Sleep Medicine academic conference in June, where abstracts, case reports and posters can be presented.

Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Department of Neurology