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 may elect 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 throughout the state of Michigan. Our Fellows see a wide variety of patients with sleep-wake disorders. Each week, sleep medicine fellows actively participate in polysomnography interpretation and sleep medicine clinics. In addition to the outpatient experiences, sleep medicine fellows perform adult and pediatric inpatient consultations.

Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Clinics:

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

Multidisciplinary Sleep Medicine Clinics:

  • 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 (sleep laboratory studies and home studies), Multiple Sleep Latency Tests, and other types of studies including those with carbon dioxide monitoring, 16-lead EEG, and esophageal pressure (Pes) manometry. 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
  • Quality Improvement
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Webinars
  • Board Review and Other Didactics

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, there is a wealth of expertise within all of the involved disciplines.

    • Ataxia
    • Cognitive Disorders
    • Epilepsy
    • General Neurology
    • Headache & Neuropathic Pain
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Neuro-Hospitalist
    • Neuro-Oncology
    • Sports Neurology
    • Neuro-Otology
    • Neurogenetics
    • Neuromuscular
    • Movement Disorders
    • Sleep Medicine
    • Stroke
    • VA Hospital Neurology


Work and Living Environment

Ann Arbor, MI 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.

Competitive Salaries and Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”.


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

The University of Michigan accepts the following:  a US citizen, permanent resident (green card holder), or have a J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG, at the time of application.  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