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NU-438 Sleep Medicine Elective

Director: Karin Johnson, MD, 413-794-5600,

Administrative Contact: Jennifer Dones, 413-794-5600,, fax 413-787-5713

Location: Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Neurodiagnostics and sleep Center Wesson Ground. Springfield, MA, 01199


This rotation exposes the students to common sleep disorders including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and insomnia and to have a basic understanding of in-laboratory and portable polysomnography.


The student will:

  • understand how to score and interpret sleep studies
  • diagnose common sleep disorders and insomnia
  • understand the differences between CPAP, BiPAP, BiPAP ST, servoventilation, and volume assured pressure support
  • Use AutoCPAP and compliance data to manage sleep disordered breathing

Students are required to:

  • attend outpatient sleep clinics and spend time in the sleep laboratory interpreting sleep studies.
  • spend one evening with the sleep technician to understand how an in-laboratory sleep study is performed

 Course Number



2-4 weeks
(see rotation dates below)

  Hours per Week


Night Call/Weekends

One evening during rotation to see sleep study setup


 1 student per Block

Alternate Dates

Yes, at the discretion of the Director



On-Campus Housing

Available on a first-come, first-served basis 

Prerequisites: None. Can be 3rd or 4thyear medical student, a resident or a fellow