Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology


The McGaw Medical Center offers a 1-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Sleep Medicine. Fellows are principally trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, with a rotation at Lurie Children’s Hospital, and are eligible for the Subspecialty of Sleep Medicine examination.

The overall goal of our program is to ensure that fellows are well trained in all relevant areas of sleep medicine. These include, but are not limited to evaluating, diagnosing and comprehensively treating patients over the entire spectrum of pediatric and adult sleep and circadian rhythm disorders, as well as those medical, neurological, and psychiatric disorders that may present with sleep-related complaints in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.


The sleep fellow will participate in the multidisciplinary care of patients with sleep and circadian disorders, acquire detailed knowledge of the entire spectrum of pediatric and adult sleep and circadian rhythm disorders, and manage patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. As part of the training, the sleep medicine fellow will gain expertise in other areas related to sleep medicine including sleep related basic science, epidemiology, pulmonary medicine, behavioral medicine, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and otolaryngology.

Curriculum includes:

Fellows will be educated in the use of a variety of diagnostic tests including PSG, MSLT, MWT, Actigraphy, Salivary Melatonin Sampling, and Home Sleep Tests.  In addition, fellows participate in a weekly lecture covering the core curriculum, present at monthly case presentations and journal clubs, and attend weekly research meeting in Dr. Phyllis Zee’s lab.

Research and Quality Improvement

Fellows are required to participate in ongoing clinical research or to initiate new projects. The goal will be to see this project through to presentation at one or more national meetings and publication in a peer reviewed journal. In addition to databases from investigator-initiated and funded projects at Northwestern, the program has access to other databases from large national, multi-site studies.

Fellows are also required to participate in a patient safety and quality improvement (PS/QI) project. The goal of the projects is to gain experience in processes in PS/QI, a skill necessary for future practice. Projects can be extensions of previous projects or new projects individually or in groups and are supervised by a faculty mentor.

Clinical Experience

The Northwestern Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorders Center is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.   Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the highest ranked hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area and the state of Illinois. It is also ranked 13th nationally, and the Department of Neurology is ranked 8th in the nation.

Approximately 4,000 patients visit the interdisciplinary sleep clinic each year.  The patients present a breadth of cases that span the spectrum of sleep and circadian disorders.  The primary diagnosis for the patients generally breaks down as follows:  Sleep Apnea 45%; Insomnia 30%; PLMD/RLS 9%; Hypersomnia/Narcolepsy 8%; Parasomnia 2%; and Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders 4%. These clinical opportunities provide ample exposure to sleep medicine over a 1-year training program.

Requirements & Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must have completed an accredited residency in internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, pediatrics, or family medicine.

Residents are selected for the sleep medicine fellowship from eligible applicants based upon their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities. No discrimination is made based upon sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Approximately ten percent of the eligible applicants are invited for personal interviews.

Application Process

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship program participates in the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The program will begin accepting applications for the 2020-20 21 academic year on July 15. Interviews will take place in August and September prior to the official match date.  The program participates in the Match, which takes place in October. For information on submitting an application, visit the "ERAS for applicants" website. 

Required documents include:

Interviews will consist of meeting with our faculty and key sleep medicine team members. Interviewers rate each applicant independently.

Roneil Malkani, MD
Program Director


Contact Us

Erin van Bladel
Neurology Fellowship Coordinator
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine, Abbott Hall
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Room 1105
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-503-2849
Fax: 312-908-5073 

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.