Sleep Medicine Fellowship

The University of Michigan Sleep Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program devoted to the development of fellows’ expertise in the diagnosis and management of sleep-wake disorders. Seven fellows are accepted each year. Fellows complete 12 months of training with experiences in adult and pediatric sleep medicine. Upon completion of the fellowship, trainees are eligible to sit for the Sleep Medicine Certification Examination. Interested trainees are often able to remain as research fellows for additional training in clinical, translational, or basic science research.

Fellowship Clinical Experience

The University of Michigan is a tertiary referral center, commonly drawing patients from the Ann Arbor and metro-Detroit area, as well as Indiana, Ohio and other parts of Michigan. Our clinics see a wide variety of patients with sleep-wake disorders. Each week, sleep medicine fellows gain experience in polysomnography interpretation and sleep medicine clinics. In addition to the outpatient activity, fellows participate in a sleep medicine inpatient consultation service.

Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Clinics:

  • Adult Comprehensive Sleep Clinic
  • Pediatric Comprehensive Sleep Clinic
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center Comprehensive Sleep Clinic

Multidisciplinary Sleep Medicine Clinics:

  • Alternatives to CPAP Therapy Clinic
  • Pediatric Sleep and Behavior Clinic
  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic

Polysomnography Interpretation

Fellows receive a broad experience with outpatient and inpatient polysomnography. Fellows first read a sleep study on their own, then review the study epoch-by-epoch with a faculty sleep medicine specialist. Fellows gain experience with adult and pediatric nocturnal polysomnography, Multiple Sleep Latency Tests, and other types of studies including those with carbon dioxide monitoring, 16-lead EEG, and esophageal pressure (Pes) monitoring. Personalized review of sleep studies in the one-on-one sleep study teaching conferences refines fellows' interpretive skills and diagnostic acumen.

Sleep Medicine Education

Conferences are held throughout the year to provide high-yield education to the sleep medicine fellows on a variety of sleep medicine-related topics.

  • Daily sleep study teaching conferences
  • Core Lecture Series
  • Sleep Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Departmental Grand Rounds
  • Technical conference
  • Sleep Medicine Journal Club
  • Biological Rhythms and Sleep Seminar Series
  • Annual Michael S. Aldrich Commemorative Lectureship

Sleep medicine fellows present at Grand Rounds and Journal Club.


Sleep Medicine is not a specialty that can be undertaken by a single department or practitioner. The well-being of our patients relies on the expertise of physicians from many different backgrounds. Within our Sleep Medicine Program, a wealth of Sleep Medicine subspecialty expertise is provided by all of the involved disciplines. 

Work and Living Environment

Ann Arbor, Michigan offers something for every interest, from cultural events to athletics to adventures for the outdoor enthusiast. Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan Health System, a leading clinical and research medical facility.


Candidates should have completed, or should anticipate completion of a residency in an accredited neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, otolaryngology, or anesthesiology training program and should be board-eligible or board-certified in that field.

Regarding visa issues, you must be:  a US citizen, be a permanent resident (green card holder), or have a J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG.  We do not sponsor any other visas.  

The University of Michigan Sleep Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program. We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and application materials will only be accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Required application materials (to be submitted via ERAS):

  • ERAS application
  • ECFMG Certificate if you graduated from a foreign medical school
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores
  • Personal statement - indicating interest in sleep medicine
  • 3 letters of recommendation (including one from a current/former program director)

For more information or to apply for a position in the fellowship, please contact Tonya Thomas at 734-936-4457 or at or Dr. Anita Shelgikar at

Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program Director