A dozen years of American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) international mini-fellowship: Program evaluation and future directions

Octavian C. Ioachimescu, Emerson M. Wickwire, John Harrington, David Kristo, J. Todd Arnedt, Kannan Ramar, Christine Won, Martha E. Billings, Lourdes DelRosso, Scott Williams, Shalini Paruthi, Timothy I. Morgenthaler, Katie Kovacs

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Sleep medicine remains an underrepresented medical specialty worldwide, with significant geographic disparities with regard to training, number of available sleep specialists, sleep laboratory or clinic infrastructures, and evidence-based clinical practices. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is committed to facilitating the education of sleep medicine professionals to ensure high-quality, evidence-based clinical care and improve access to sleep centers around the world, particularly in developing countries. In 2002, the AASM launched an annual 4-week training program called Mini-Fellowship for International Scholars, designed to support the establishment of sleep medicine in developing countries. The participating fellows were generally chosen from areas that lacked a clinical infrastructure in this specialty and provided with training in AASM Accredited sleep centers. This manuscript presents an overview of the program, summarizes the outcomes, successes, and lessons learned during the first 12 years, and describes a set of programmatic changes for the near-future, as assembled and proposed by the AASM Education Committee and recently approved by the AASM Board of Directors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-334
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014



  • Education
  • Mini-fellowship for international scholars
  • Sleep medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Ioachimescu, O. C., Wickwire, E. M., Harrington, J., Kristo, D., Arnedt, J. T., Ramar, K., Won, C., Billings, M. E., DelRosso, L., Williams, S., Paruthi, S., Morgenthaler, T. I., & Kovacs, K. (2014). A dozen years of American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) international mini-fellowship: Program evaluation and future directions. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 10(3), 331-334. https://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.3544