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Posted July 8, 2010 by atlantasleepschool
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Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine

New Blog Location

We have changed locations. Visit our new site and blog at http://www.sleepschool.com/blog.

New Physician PSG & Case Mentoring Program with Dr. Michael Breus

Posted September 23, 2009 by atlantasleepschool
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The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology is pleased to announce its new Physician Case Mentoring Program. This PSG and Case Mentoring Program offers physicians a unique opportunity of one-on-one mentoring through case analysis with well-known board certified sleep doctor, Michael Breus, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Breus

Dr. Michael Breus

This comprehensive mentoring program is structured in a series of five 1-hour segments through a web-based meeting service and allows any physician to have access to expert assistance in interpreting challenging sleep cases.

Each case will cover: basic case information, clinical interviews, sleep data, assessment of data and interview materials, treatment plans, and instructor examples.

Michael Breus, Ph.D. is a nationally known board certified sleep specialist who in private practice treats patients including celebrities and athletes, trains physicians in sleep medicine, and consults with airlines, hotels, and retailers to help them provide the optimum sleep experience for their customers.

For the past 10 years, Dr. Breus has been the sleep expert for WebMD Health and writes the monthly column “Sleep Matters” in WebMD Magazine.

Here’s Dr. Breus on The View discussing Rosie O’Donnell’s sleep apnea:

If you are interested in signing up for the program, call the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine & Technology at 678-651-2000 or register online at http://www.sleepschool.com.

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Free Sleep Medicine Dinner Seminar Offered to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Posted September 23, 2009 by atlantasleepschool
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During the past month, The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology hosted two free dinner seminars in Atlanta designed specifically to introduce Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to the science of sleep medicine. Both of these dinner seminars, entitled, “Basics of Sleep and Sleep Disorders,” featured Dr. Michael Lacey, a board certified sleep doctor and neurologist as lecturer. Dr. Lacey  has treated over 2,000 patients for sleep disorders and is a frequent lecturer for classes at the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology.

Question and Answer Session

Question and Answer Session

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine organized these dinners in an effort to give attendees an informative introduction on how to recognize patients who may suffer from sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy.

Dr. Lacey Lectures in Sleep Medicine at Free Dinner Seminar

Dr. Lacey Lectures in Sleep Medicine at Free Dinner Seminar

The first dinner was held on August 26th at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant at Cumberland Mall and the second dinner was held on September 1st at the 755 Club at Turner Field. Other medical professionals were also welcome to attend although they did not receive continuing education credit like the NPs and PAs did.

At both dinners the attendees enjoyed a catered meal, an excellent view, and expert teaching on the subject of sleep medicine.

Attendees Learn about Sleep Apnea CPAP Masks at Dinner Seminar

Attendees Learn about Sleep Apnea CPAP Masks at Dinner Seminar

The schedule for both nights was:
6:30-7:30: Registration and Dinner Buffet is Served
7:30-8:30: “Basics of Sleep and Sleep Medicine Disorders” lecture by Dr. Michael Lacey, board certified sleep doctor
8:30-9:00: Question and Answer Session

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine will also offer the first course in sleep medicine especially designed for physician assistants and nurse practitioners on Saturday – Sunday, October 24th-25th and we hope you will consider adding sleep medicine to your practice by learning from our nationally known faculty. If you are interested, please register online at: http://www.sleepschool.com/page.aspx?id=744 or call 678-651-200.

Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, Respironics, and Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic Staff at Maggiano's

Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, Respironics, and Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic Staff at Maggiano's

Due to the success of the Atlanta Dinner Seminars, there are two more dinner seminars scheduled for the upcoming months. One on October 22, 2009 in Memphis, TN, and another in Charlotte, NC on November 3, 2009. Anyone interested can find details and sign up here: http://www.sleepschool.com/dinnerseminar.aspx.

If you have any friends, family, or collegues who are NPs, PAs, or Medical Professionals, please forward them this blog entry or direct them to this link to register: http://www.sleepschool.com/dinnerseminar.aspx.

These medical educational activities were supported by independent educational grants by Philips Respironics and The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic.

Private Training Loans Now Available for Sleep Courses

Posted September 23, 2009 by atlantasleepschool
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Want to start a new career as a sleep technologist but lack the funds for training?

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology is pleased to announce the offering of Private Student Loans. Loan OptionsThis private, credit-based student loan, can help finance specialized career instruction programs and related costs associated with travel. Although we don’t require immediate payment to reserve a seat in our classes, full payment is due three weeks before the course begins.

These private loans are available through American General Financial Services. There is no application fee, and the company offers a variety of loan sizes to meet your needs. Simply visit www.agfinance.com and select, “Apply Now” to see if you qualify. There are over 1,300 branches across the United States, and filling out a form will put you in contact with the branch closest to you. Some of the features of the loans that American General offers are:

  • Private Student Loan
  • Based on credit and ability to pay
  • Finances education and travel costs
  • No application fee
  • Different loan sizes available
  • Monthly payments
  • Allows co-applicants

The Atlanta School is one of the only sleep technology training programs in the country to offer low-interest financial aid for career advancement. The access to private loans, as well as the easy application process, is an attractive option for newcomers and allied healthcare professionals who want to enroll in the 80-hour A-STEP training program for sleep technologists.

A-STEP, the Accredited Sleep Technologist Education Program, was developed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to standardize a comprehensive curriculum for sleep technologists. A-STEP is now part of the recognized pathway required to become a registered sleep technologist.

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, an approved A-STEP provider, offers 24 hours of training in an interactive, online format followed by a one -week live course in Atlanta. Time away from work and home is minimized in an effort to help facilitate training requirements for adult learners.

For more information, please  visit www.sleepschool.com or call 678-651-2000.

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine Blog Answers Your Questions

Posted September 22, 2009 by atlantasleepschool
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If you haven’t already noticed, the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine’s Official Blog has recently been updated to include many new features. Our blog now includes an easy way to subscribe via RSS or email, links to our Facebook and YouTube pages, and updates from our Twitter account. Our Blog also features an “About the Blog” section and a Blog Roll of the top Sleep-Related blogs on the internet.

Most importantly, our blog now has a comment section where you can comment on our posts and ask questions to our Sleep School staff. With the introduction of our new blog, we are committed to being your source for answers to your sleep industry questions. We welcome any questions you may have about how to begin, continue, and advance your own sleep career. We want everyone who reads this blog to feel free to post comments and questions even if they aren’t exactly related to the blog entry.

Here are a few examples of past questions that we have recently answered:

Question:

“I am interested in participating in your A-STEP program. Apparently you have just begun a class in January and I did not notice when the next scheduled class would begin. If there is some specific information that you could send me regarding the program, upcoming dates for new classes, costs, etc, I would be most appreciative. Regards, Daniel D. Bonner.”

Answer: 

“As an update, our next A-STEP classes will be offered from September 12-18th and from November 14-20th this year. The live A-STEP classes are preceded by 24 hours of online material that the student works on in the 3-4 weeks prior to the 7-day live session.  A-STEP classes are offered every other month for easy accessibility. There is a lot of information about our classes here: http://www.sleepschool.com/technologist.aspx. Please email laura.baareman@sleepschool.com if you have more specific questions.”

Question:

“Just a few questions, 1st: As a practicing ENT, what am I looking at as far as being paid for an interpretation for each sleep study? 2nd: Do I have to be on site for reads? i.e., Can I do this from home? 3rd: Can this be done/read like the radiologists are doing? Can I be contracted to read studies from different states? Thank You.”

Answer (From Michael Lacey, M.D., D.ABSM):

“The answer is between $175-250 on average per study, varying with insurance and contracted amounts. However, to interpret studies (especially for patients outside of a physician’s own practice), the interpreter should be board-certified in Sleep Medicine, as that infers a greater level of expertise to bring to bear, and the trend with reimbursement is toward eventually only paying board-certified sleep specialists. Otherwise, those conditions being met, contractual arrangements can be made locally or regionally. And many programs now exist to allow data to be confidentially imported online so home interpretation is possible.”

Question:

“Hi I am cardiologist interested in sleep medicine board certification. What month in 2009 is the next board exam and what requirement do I need to meet before that to be eligible? What is the time required and expenses? Thanks, Usman”

Answer:

The American Board of Internal Medicine oversees the certification exam in sleep medicine.  Eligible candidates must be from the ABIM and its subspecialties (such as pulmonary or cardiology) as well as neurologists and psychiatrists; otolaryngologists; pediatricians and family medicine physicians. Following is information on the “practice pathway” that is open from 2007 – 2011, including details about requirements before taking the 2009 exam: http://www.abim.org/certification/policies/imss/sleep.aspx. In addition, there is more information included here in our recent press release: http://www.sleepschool.com/sleepboardreview.aspx.”

Question: 

“I think the “A-STEP” curriculum is a great idea. Especially, for someone like me. Someone who wants to enter the medical profession but, who has no medical/health experience. The questions I have are listed below: 1. What is the cost? 2. What are the curriculum class dates? 3. How long will it take to complete the 80 hours of study? 4. Is there test preparation help available? 5. Is there job placement assistance? 6. Do you have any job related articles, books etc. you would recommend?” Posted by Lynne-Cherise Roland

Answer:

“The Atlanta School is offering A-STEP courses this year from September 12-18th and from November 14-20th. The cost is $3300. The first 24 hours of the course are comprised of interactive online modules. You can study at your own pace in the comfort of your home or office. The last 56 hours of the course are taken at our school during the days listed above. We have a new online review program to help prepare for the test – more info here: http://www.sleepschool.com/technologist.aspx Although we don’t have specialized job placement assistance, we do have a job board on our website.  We recommend searching for jobs on the traditional job boards such as http://www.monster.com and http://www.indeed.com.  And, it is always a good idea to call local independent sleep labs and hospital-based labs in a 25-mile radius of your home to investigate openings and develop relationships.”

We look forward to reading and answering all your future sleep-related questions.

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine & Technology Staff

The Atlanta Sleep School Welcomes Sepracor-Lunesta Group for Sleep Medicine Course

Posted September 22, 2009 by atlantasleepschool
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The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine was pleased to host 13 Marketing and Sales Executives from the Lunesta brand of Sepracor, Inc. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 14-15th.

On Wednesday morning, the Lunesta team began an all day Introductory Course in Sleep Medicine. This course, which was designed specifically for the Lunesta team, began with an Historical Overview of Sleep Medicine with Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., ABSM. The group then learned about Polysomography with Terrence Malloy, RPSGT, a lead instructor at the school.

Learning the History of Sleep Medicine with Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., D. ABSM

Learning the History of Sleep Medicine with Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., D. ABSM

After a break, the Lunesta team covered the scientific basics of major clinical sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcolepsy, parasomnias, and sleep apnea. In order to solidify the knowledge learned in class, the Sleep School partnered with the Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic to bring in four patients to talk about their personal experiences with sleeping disorders. While the Lunesta team ate lunch, they were able to hear from a man with severe narcolepsy, a man with parasomnia, a woman with severe insomnia, and a woman with a combination of sleep apnea, insomnia and other medical complications. Dr. Michael Lacey was also on hand to describe the patients cases with the Lunesta team. The Lunesta group had many questions for these patients and for Dr. Lacey as well. Overall, the group was very pleased with the new knowledge and insight they gained from hearing about sleep disorders from these patients’ perspectives.

Dr. Michael Lacey interviews Ms. Christie Cody about her experience with insomnia

Dr. Michael Lacey interviews Ms. Christie Cody about her experience with insomnia

After the patient interviews, the Sepracor Lunesta group toured the nearby Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic sleep lab. While in the lab, half of the group got hooked up by sleep technicians for their own short polysomnograms (sleep studies). While they were in the lab’s bedrooms falling asleep, the other half of the group stayed with the sleep techs as they watched their peers’ polysomnogram recordings. After about 20 minutes, the two group switched so that all the Lunesta team members could experience what a overnight sleep study is like from a patient’s perspective. During this brief exercise, everyone was surprised that two Lunesta team members actually feel asleep! This allowed their other team members to analyze the differences between sleep and wake polysomnogram measurements.

Lunesta team member gets ready for his polysomnogram as others look on

Lunesta team member gets ready for his polysomnogram as others look on

Lunesta team learns about sleep polysomnography in a hands-on way at the Atlanta Sleep Medicine Lab

Lunesta team learns about sleep polysomnography in a hands-on way at the Atlanta Sleep Medicine Lab

After a brief wrap-up, the Sepracor group made their way back to their Marlborough, Massachusetts, headquarters armed with new knowledge about Sleep Medicine.

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology has hosted many different groups of professionals like the Lunesta group over its 17 year history.  The school’s nationally known faculty has also provided training in sleep medicine and polysomnography to more than 5,000 physicians, allied health professionals, and sleep industry professionals and would be thrilled to develop a sleep medicine program to cater to your group’s needs as well. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at (678)651-2000.

Sleep School Photos

Posted April 24, 2009 by atlantasleepschool
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Sleep School Main Classroom

Terrence Malloy, RPSGT, Lead Instructor Teaches in Atlanta Sleep School Main Classroom

Sleep School Learning Area

Sleep School Learning Area