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Postgraduate Education Corner: CONTEMPORARY REVIEWS IN SLEEP MEDICINE |

Sleep Medicine Training Across the Spectrum

Kingman P. Strohl, MD
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Center for Sleep Disorders Research, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

Correspondence to: Kingman P. Strohl, MD, 111j1 VA Medical Center, 10701 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106; e-mail: Kingman.Strohl@case.edu


Funding/support: The author is supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Blood and Lung Institutes [Grant HL02650].

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;139(5):1221-1231. doi:10.1378/chest.10-0783
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There is now a new pathway and examination for sleep medicine, sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a number of accredited sleep medicine fellowship programs through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This review takes an historical approach to discuss the process of education for sleep physiology and disorders not only in the postgraduate period but also at all levels of instruction. In reality, there is a continuum of knowledge that needs to be reinforced up and down the educational system, of which Sleep Medicine subspecialty training is just one part. Although progress has been made at all educational levels up to this point, the future of training and education will depend on a sustained effort at several levels from undergraduate to postgraduate continuing medical education and will be facilitated by professional societies and other specialties who will collectively promote the value of and outcomes for clinical sleep medicine.

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