Training and Professional Development at IISS

In India, the field of sleep medicine has been taking giant leaps in explaining and addressing the various issues concerned with sleep disorders. Sleep Medicine is a new frontier in medicine with life-saving implications. Currently, there are 84 known sleep disorders and this field is advancing exponentially. Sleep disorders are known to be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. It is possible to prevent several lifestyle complications such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, resistant hypertension, stroke, etc. if the underlying cause (sleep disorders) are recognized and treated in time. Most sleep disorders are treatable. In fact, after successful treatment, better sugar control, blood pressure control, and increased productivity have been recognized as major positive outcomes!

Philips have recognized IISS as the National Training Institute to train physicians to develop them into Sleep Specialists. IISS is now looking forward to training many more to create proper awareness and ‘Good Clinical Practices’ in Sleep Medicine in our country.

IISS offers training and professional development for Phd students,Healthcare profeesionals and Medical students

The following are thwe training courses conducted

Somnology is the scientific study of sleep. It includes clinical study and treatment of sleep disorders and irregularities. Somnologists treat disorders related to somnology by employing various subjective as well as objective diagnostic tools to determine the nature of a sleep disorder or irregularity.

IISS is currently involved in training PhD students to become Somnologists. Just as a psychologist acts like a strong support to the psychiatrist, in the same way, a Somnologist assists a Sleep Specialist. The interdisciplinary nature of this field creates a foundation for students from multiple fields to be involved in the practices and principles of sleep medicine.

Some of the key roles of a Somnologist include:

  • Understanding the neurobiology and function of sleep,
  • Assessing the impact of reduced sleep across age groups,
  • Discovering/improving treatments for sleep disorders,
  • Investigating if sleep disorders are associated with the progression of other diseases and in what manner,
  • Educating healthcare professionals and the general public about healthy sleep habits and sleep disorders, and
  • Developing data and providing interventions and treatment for sleep disorders.
Sleep Technicians

Sleep Technicians are required to effectively conduct diagnostic as well as titration studies. They should be able to provide the sleep specialist with an accurate recordings of all the variables to be studied. IISS trains Sleep Technicians. To its credit, IISS has trained seven Sleep Technicians to date. Of these, five belong to rural areas of Nashik and Jawhar (Thane). In doing so, IISS is instrumental in providing much needed professionally-trained technicians in a field that is not as well understood as it should be.
Sleep Technicians perform comprehensive polysomnographic testing and analysis, and associated interventions. They are trained to perform Nocturnal Polysomnography (NPSG), diagnostic study and Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) titrations, Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), and Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT). For night-time sleep studies, Sleep Technicians are expected to remain vigilant throughout the night and also accompany the patient for daytime studies, so as to guarantee the best outcomes. Additionally, all IISS Sleep Technicians are well-trained professionally and are responsible healthcare workers with a deep concern for patient safety, wellbeing, and patient confidentiality.


In India, less than 1% of the current medical curriculum addresses sleep and disorders associated with it. Hence, the medical community, on the whole, is oblivious to the gravity of problems posed by sleep disorders. IISS recognizes this gap and aims to create awareness about and provide training for tacking sleep disorders. The typical Indian patient places an enormous amount of trust in his/her ‘‘Family Doctor’’. IISS believes that theseGeneral Practitioners are the key link that will create long-lasting and positive awareness among the general public about sleep disorders.

To reach- and to inculcate proper information about this novel branch of Medicine- to the General Practitioners, IISS is conducting courses to introduce Sleep Medicine.

The Certificate Course on Introduction to Sleep Medicine (CCISM) is a 24-hour extensive program in Sleep Medicine. It includes didactic lectures on various aspects of Sleep Medicine, such as screening patients for sleep disorders during regular practice. Hands-on practical sessions that include various techniques and technologies used for screening sleep disorders are the key highlight of the CCISM. Sleep Specialists certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and experienced academicians form the resource faculty for the CCISM.
 Details of the course

1. The courses will be conducted for three months. The students are allowed to finish the duration in installments and during their vacation so their normal professional course is not altered

2. Online theoretical data are given to the student for continuity of the subject
3. Hands on practicals is done at the Centre where the students are taught performing a sleep study, scoring, Interpretation of the reports, Consultations and other important parallel therapies
4. In case of setting up an indivisual practice of sleep medicine IISS also helps in giving you the softwares for parallel therapies , instruemnts and equipments for prelimnary set up
5. IISS also arranges for accommodation facilities for the students from distant areas on prior intimation and confirmation of admission
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