Sleep and Circadian Disorders Training and Education

The Division has one of the few NIH-NHLBI supported sleep and circadian biology research training programs in the country. Since 2000, a total of 39 post-doctoral, 14 pre-doctoral trainees, and 28 minority summer students have been participants. The division currently has 7 post-doctoral research fellows and 4 pre-doctoral research fellows each year who participate in a two-year program that includes at least 75% research and up to 25% clinical training. Additionally, this program hosts 4 summer minority students annually.

The division has a clinical sleep disorders training program which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program consists of 1 year of clinical training in Sleep Medicine and a year of research training. The director of this program is Lawrence J. Epstein, M.D.

The Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders faculty has a ongoing collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine to develop a sleep and health education program to enhance the education of medical students, post-graduate medical trainees, practicing physicians, and the general public on sleep health, sleep science, and sleep medicine. The aim of this web-based educational program is to increase both local and national awareness of these issues. Brigham and Women’s Hospital division faculty member, Stuart F. Quan, M.D., serves as the editor-in-chief of the program with participation of other division faculty members as well as sleep faculty from other Harvard teaching institutions. The website is located at www.understandingsleep.org and has web modules on Healthy Sleep, Insufficient Sleep, Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy. Additional material and updates are made continuously.

The Division organizes and participates in periodic Continuing Medical Education courses. Upcoming is an overview course on sleep and sleep disorders to be held on May 8-10, 2014 in Boston, MA. In addition, there are web-based offerings on sleep topics offered through the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Medical Education.

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