School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Program Director: M. Safwan Badr, M.D.

Goals of the Program

  • Expansion of the Fellow’s fund of knowledge of Sleep Medicine including clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of common pulmonary disorders in outpatients and hospitalized patients.
  • Ability to gather and organize the data necessary to generate a problem-oriented differential diagnosis and plan of management.
  • Develop ability to be an effective consultant in sleep medicine with the ability to work cooperatively with other consultants for optimal patient care.
  • Develop the ability to accurately score and interpret sleep studies including diagnostic polysomnography, positive pressure titration polysomnography, multiple sleep latency tests and maintenance of wakefulness tests.
  • Develop the ability to be an effective leader of the multidisciplinary sleep team.
  • Develop the communication skills and caring attitude necessary to effectively interact with patients and families.

Program Experience

  • The Sleep Fellowship is a one-year program encompassing both clinical experience and research.
  • Fellows will spend six months rotating at Detroit Receiving Hospital and six months at the John D. Dingell VAMC. Fellows also spend 12 weeks attending a pediatric sleep clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
  • Fellows are responsible for the primary reading/interpreting of all sleep studies, encompassing diagnostic polysomnography, positive pressure titration studies and multiple sleep latency tests. Fellows individually read over 200 sleep studies during the course of the program.

Application Process

The Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program will be participating in and accepting applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service Program (ERAS), effective July 1, 2011. Applications must include the ERAS Application form. See the Required Documents for Application listed below. In addition, applicants must apply through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

ACGME Accreditation Program ID Number: 5202514028

Required Documents for Application

1. Letters of Recommendation -- In addition to a Program Director’s letter from your residency, two letters of recommendation are also required and must be arranged to be sent through ERAS. These letters should attest to the applicant's personal qualifications and scholastic and clinical abilities.

2. Applicants must submit an ERAS Application form, curriculum vitae and personal statement.

3. USMLE Scores -- Competitive academic achievement USMLE scores will be given preference. Applicants must have copies of USMLE test scores forwarded to accompany the application.

4. All applicants who meet institutional and departmental requirements are individually reviewed by the Sleep Medicine Program Director.

5. ECFMG Certificate -- International Graduates must include a valid (not expired) copy of the ECFMG certificate with the application.

6. J1 Visas will be offered to selective candidates (must have successfully completed USMLE steps 1, 2 and 3 on the first attempt and must be ECFMG certified prior to Match list submission).

All applicants chosen to interview are interviewed by one or more of the following: the Program Director, Assistant Program Director and three faculty members.

In the ranking and selection process, the interviewing team assesses the following:

  • Academic credentials (USMLE Scores) Clinical credentials (Residency or Fellowship Program Director’s Letter)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview evaluations

Please note that the deadline for applying through ERAS with completed applications, which includes a personal statement, CV and three letters of reference, including one that must be from the residency or fellowship director, must be submitted through ERAS by August 15th.


Interview Process
Selected applicants will be interviewed beginning September 1st and will run through October 15th. Those selected will be offered an interview via email from Ms. Soumya M. John.

Please contact the sleep fellowship coordinator, Rachael Hone for inquiries. She can be reached by phone at (313) 966-0695.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for admission without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, or national origin. WSU is an equal education opportunity institution.