Online Sleep Medicine Course

Sleep Academy – Learning Objectives

Session 1 – Understanding Normal Sleep

  • Understand the fundamentals of normal sleep
  • Develop an approach to the new sleep patient
  • Apply lessons learned from understanding normal fundamentals and history taking, to managing patients

Session 2 – Sleep Studies

  • Understand the types of sleep studies, as well as the physiological parameters that are measured.
  • Understand how the objective measurements of a study will help the management of a specific patient
  • Understand how to manage the patient by choosing the correct study and presenting the results in a way that the patient will understand

Session 3 – Overview of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Understand the pathophysiology and comorbidities of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Understand the importance of properly educating the patient on obstructive sleep apnea including the importance of therapy
  • Learn how to manage the patient with suspected or documented obstructive sleep apnea in a practical and cost-effective manner

Session 4 – Therapy Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Understand the available treatments for obstructive sleep apnea
  • Learn how to review the treatment options with the patient in the way that they can make the best choice in terms of a successful therapy
  • Understand an approach to managing patient’s on positive airway pressure therapy as well as other treatment modalities for obstructive apnea

Session 5 – Central Sleep Apnea

  • Appreciate the spectrum of sleep apnea including central apnea, complex apnea and Cheyne-Stokes breathing
  • Understand the treatment options for sleep-disordered breathing other than obstructive sleep apnea
  • Understand how to appropriately initiate therapy and follow up patients on therapies other than continuous or automatic positive airway pressure

Session 6 – Overview of an Approach to Insomnia

  • Understand the causes of insomnia in terms of both initiating and maintaining sleep.
  • Understand a pharmacologic as well as a behavioral approach to treating insomnia
  • Learn how to develop an insomnia treatment plan and how to follow up on this plan

Session 7 – Hypersomnia – Causes and Therapies

  • Understand the differential diagnosis for causes of excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Developed a practical workup and treatment plan for patients with excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Understand the management for patients with hypersomnia

Session 8 – Movement Disorders and Parasomnias

  • Understand the spectrum of limb movement disorders as of the well as other movement disorders that can cause sleep disruption
  • Learn the appropriate workup and treatment for patients with symptoms suggestive of limb movement disorders or other nocturnal movement disorders
  • Developed a management program for initiating therapy and providing follow-up for patients with limb movement disorders, particularly those with RLS augmentation, and REM behavior disorder

Session 9 – Common Circadian Wake/Sleep Disorders

  • Appreciate an overview of disorders that could be caused by disruption in circadian rhythm
  • Understand appropriate therapies for circadian conditions , particularly shift work sleep disorder, as well as delayed sleep phase syndrome
  • Understand how to develop a treatment plan for patients with sleep disorders attributed to disruption in circadian rhythm

Session 10 – Sleep Pharmacology

  • Understand a general overview in terms of classes of medications that affect wake and sleep
  • Learn how to make the best choice in terms of pharmacologic agents, as well as identifying those that may be primary cause of patient’s sleep disorder
  • Understand how to properly initiate, educate, and follow-up patients on medical therapy for their sleep disorder