Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Program Director: Juan Guardiola, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Jessica Boston

Karim El-Kersh

Program Structure:

The fellowship training experience emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to medicine. The 12 month program encompasses rotations in adult sleep, pediatric sleep, and research, with elective offerings in pulmonary, psychiatry, neurology, and sleep dental.

The weekly training schedule is built to give exposure to multiple facets of sleep medicine. Each week of adult sleep rotations fellows have one half day in each, neurology (EEG), psychiatry(CBT), and pediatric sleep. Our program believes this is important to allow for exposure in these disciplines throughout the training program.

Sleep Medicine Education:

1)  Daily sleep study readings and reviews, participating in the AASM inter-scorer reliability.  

2)  Conferences are held throughout the year to provide high-yield education on a variety of sleep medicine-related topics.

  • Weekly Sleep Medicine Didactic Curriculum Lectures
  • Weekly Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Monthly Sleep Medicine Journal Club
  • Monthly virtual lectures through AASM
  • Monthly virtual lectures through Harvard Sleep

As part of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Disorders Medicine the sleep fellow works closely with the Pulmonary and Critical care trainees. Sleep fellows can gain knowledge and understanding of the pulmonary aspect of sleep medicine through weekly didactic session held by the pulmonary  and critical care training program.

Teaching Facilities:

  • University of Louisville Physicians – Sleep Center
  • Robley Rex VA Medical Center
  • Norton Children’s Hospital

Sleep Medicine Clinics:

  • UofL Adult Sleep Clinic
  • Pediatric Sleep Clinic
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center Sleep Clinic


Each fellow is expected to participate in a research project involving sleep medicine.

Quality Improvement

As required by ACGME each fellow will participate in a quality improvement project.

We participate in the Match Selection process through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and all applications must be submitted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).

To apply for this fellowship an applicant must:

The programs is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

Successfully have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency program in one of the following disciplines:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • MedPeds
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)

Passed Steps 1,2, & 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) before the start of the fellowship. Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) exams will be accepted for D.O. applicants.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, possess a valid employment authorization document or eligible for a J1 visa.

Applicants must be in possession of a Kentucky Medical License before the start of the fellowship.