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School of Dental Medicine

Dental Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Sleep Medicine residents

The Dental Sleep Medicine Fellowship program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine aims to provide excellent patient care, strong teaching, and a broad clinical exposure to dental sleep medicine via didactic, direct patient contact, and rotations in the pulmonary, sleep laboratory and ENT departments.

About the Program

The Fellowship program will provide exposure to aspects of the diagnosis and clinical examination relevant to sleep medicine, and dental sleep medicine, the principles of oral appliance design, selection, fitting, adjustment, and familiarity with the identification and management of short and long term side effects from oral appliance therapy.

This includes a multidisciplinary approach and close collaboration with a sleep physician, comprehensive assessment of sleep apnea patients being considered for oral appliance therapy, selection of appropriate patients based on diagnosis of sleep disorders, severity of obstructive sleep apnea, and anatomical features.

Fellows will directly participate in patient assessment, treatment and follow up appointments. During this process, the fellow will gain experience on reading and interpretation of diagnostic sleep studies, selection, fitting, and adjustments of appropriate dental devices for the management of sleep disordered breathing, understand the use and limitations of out of center sleep test monitors during oral appliance titration, and demonstrate an understanding of the potential limitations and complications of dental devices.

Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic

During regular clinic schedule the fellows perform the clinical history intake and document face to face examinations, and follow up appointments as part of the medical record documentation. During these clinical sessions the attending faculty will supervise all trainee activities, and teaching will occur in a patient centered multidisciplinary approach.

During the program, fellows will present clinical cases, participate in poster presentation and publications related to clinical and research done during the program.

Lectures and Research

Fellows will be active participants in sleep lecture series, research seminars and interdisciplinary case conference throughout the fellowship. Lectures will be conducted by faculty members, guest speakers and residents on topics relevant to sleep medicine, and dental sleep medicine.

Each fellow will pursue a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. In pursuing
their research project, the fellow will gain exposure and training in all aspects of basic scientific
investigation. Each fellow will learn how to formulate a research plan, prepare a research
protocol, conduct research, analyze findings and present these findings in research
seminars and national meetings.

Rotations:

Fellows rotate on the following departments:

  • Sleep Center
  • Pulmonary Clinic
  • ENT Clinic

Application Process and Board Certification in Dental Sleep Medicine

  • Candidates must hold a DMD, DDS, or BDS degree
  • International applicants must submit a TOEFL test
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement about why he or she is attracted to this program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Applicants will be selected for an initial interview
  • Complete Tufts application

The process to become board certified in dental sleep medicine is through the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). Fellows will be encouraged to take the board examination and will be guided during the application process. Emphasis is placed upon training the fellow to the standards for Board certification.

For additional information about the program, please contact: Leopoldo P. Correa, BDS, MS: leopoldo.correa@tufts.edu.