About the Division of Sleep Medicine
The Division of Sleep Medicine (DSM) provides educational opportunities in sleep medicine to EVMS medical students of all levels and to residents. DSM staff give lectures and seminars to M1-M3 students. A lecture on sleep neuroscience is administered to M1 students and M2 student are given lectures on insomnia, parasomnias and excessive daytime sleepiness. M3 students are exposed to a seminar on drugs and sleep and given a lecture on the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. An elective 2 or 4 week sleep rotation for M4 students is also offered.
Each ENT intern rotates through the DSM for 2 weeks. This educational experience is multidisciplinary and includes exposure to an oral maxillofacial surgeon and a dentist interested in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Internal Medicine residents are assigned to the DSM for ½ day. Psychiatry residents also have the option of pursuing a month long sleep medicine elective.
Given the burgeoning information on the detrimental effects of insufficient sleep in medical professionals, frequent presentations to EVMS departments are given concerning the consequences of sleep loss.
The DSM has recently initiated a sleep medicine fellowship and has been accredited by the ACGME. This one year program accepted its first fellow July 2013 and has as its aim the development of the premier sleep specialists of the future.