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Pediatric sleep disorder medicine training in Canada: past, present and future



Pediatric sleep disorder medicine training in Canada: past, present and future



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Pediatric sleep medicine is rapidly evolving in Canada. As pediatric sleep disorders are increasingly recognized, there is a growing need for clinicians educated in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric sleep disorders. Current pediatric sleep resources in Canada are inadequate to meet the needs of the population. Until this year, there was no formal pathway or specific requirements for pediatric sleep disorder medicine training in Canada and exposure to this field of medicine in post-graduate training was limited. In 2018, the Royal College of Physicians of Canada approved an Area of Focused Competence program for certification and maintenance of competence in Sleep Disordered Medicine. It was designed to ensure adequate breadth and depth of training experiences in this diverse field. The goals of the program are to ensure competence in the assessment and management of adults and children with a range of sleep-wake disorders and sleep-disordered breathing, to interpret sleep investigations, to administratively manage a sleep laboratory and to advance the discipline of Sleep Disorder Medicine through research. The program follows a competency-based model in which, within the year of training, trainees accumulate a dossier of experiences which are evaluated by a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons committee. This new program will ensure that a critical mass of trained sleep medicine physicians is developed to meet the needs of the Canadian pediatric population and to contribute to advancement of the field of pediatric sleep medicine.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2018.10.010



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