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Sleep Disorders Fellowship

About the Program


The Sleep Medicine Fellowship has been in existence since July 2004 and is accredited by the ACGME. The Sleep Medicine Training Program is designed to provide training in the broad area of sleep medicine, allowing fellows the opportunity to evaluate and manage patients with a wide variety of sleep disorders. The Program is under the direction of Kanika Bagai, MD, MSCI, with contributing faculty from neurology, pulmonary medicine, and pediatrics. Sleep Fellows participate in a variety of interdisciplinary clinics and interpret sleep studies performed in the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center, an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep laboratory. Since its inception in 2004, 25 fellows have completed the program.

In granting accreditation, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine requires a sleep center to meet or to exceed all standards for professional quality including testing procedures, patient contacts, and physician training. Beth Malow, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology and Medical Director of the Center, attributes the successful accreditation to the team efforts of the technical, professional, and administrative staff at Vanderbilt, and the strong support of the Department of Neurology. The Center is unique in being hotel-based and multidisciplinary, with involvement of neurology, pulmonary medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, otolaryngology, and oral surgery. Children make up approximately thirty percent of the patient volume.

Vanderbilt Sleep Center Team


The only approved accredited year is Post Graduate Year (PGY) 4 or higher, for one academic year.

Prerequisite Training/ Selection Criteria

The candidate should have successfully completed a residency in an ACGME and ABIM accredited training program in internal medicine, neurology, pulmonary, psychiatry, pediatrics, family medicine or otolaryngology, and must be board-eligible in that specialty. Candidates are selected based on their achievements during residency, on letters of recommendation and evaluations they receive in their training programs, and on a formal interview. Our fellowship participates in the NRMP Match for Sleep Medicine Fellowship. We sponsor H1b and J1 visas.

2019 Match Important Dates

July 15: Program begins accepting applications via ERAS

September 11: Ranking Opens

October 16: Rank Order List Certification

October 30: Match Day

Program Contact:

Reena Black, M.B.A.

Program Manager

Phone: 615-936-1567