Sleep Medicine Course

Sleep Medicine Course

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - Saturday, March 18, 2023

15th Annual UCLA Sleep Medicine 2023 Brochure (PDF)

Physicians in all areas of medicine encounter patients who complain of disturbed sleep. The purpose of this course, the 15th in its series, is to provide clinicians with the knowledge needed to recognize and treat major sleep disorders likely to be encountered in their clinical practice. 

The course would emphasize a practical based approach to sleep medicine across multiple specialties including primary care medicine, family practice, psychiatry, neurology, geriatrics, and clinical psychology. The course will focus on the assessment and evaluation of excessive sleepiness, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy, appreciate evaluation strategies and management of chronic insomnia disorder, and be able to recognize key parasomnias and abnormal behaviors at night. The course will conclude with a discussion of the mechanism by which how poor sleep contributes to cognitive decline and dementia.

Attendees will acquire skills needed in the recognition, evaluation and management of the major sleep disorders they are likely to encounter during routine clinical practice. A major goal of the course is to provide practitioners with both pragmatic evaluation strategies and treatment recommendations that may be integrated in their clinical practice. Course faculty will provide a discussion of etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic strategies, and pharmacological and behavioral treatment options and harmonize the management strategies based on evidence-based medicine and shared decision-making.

Target Audience

This course is targeted at clinicians and healthcare providers who regularly encounter patients with sleep complaints. The course will be of value to primary care physicians, internists, family physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, pediatricians, geriatricians, obstetricians and gynecologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and any other health care providers who are likely to encounter patients with sleep disturbances. Trainees in the primary care disciplines, family medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and sleep medicine, would also find the course helpful.

The virtual conference will be live streamed. In addition, course registrants will be provided on-demand access to a recording of the conference during the three-week period immediately following the conference.

The virtual conference will be live streamed. In addition, course registrants will be provided on-demand access to a recording of the conference during the three-week period immediately following the conference.


Course Fee



Cancellations must be received February 28, 2023 by email to No refunds will be given after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.


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At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Appreciate the causes of sleepiness in specific patient population most likely to be encountered in primary care practice as well as by specialists in psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics and geriatrics medicine.
  • Understand the pharmacological management of chronic insomnia, disorder and recognize the unique properties of hypnotic agents, cognitive and behavioral strategies for chronic insomnia and consequences of untreated insomnia.
  • Identify the unique mechanism of insomnia and its comorbidities with medical and psychiatric complaints.
  • Formulate a practical approach for management of the major sleep disorders in adults including insomnia, abnormal motor activity during sleep, including restless legs syndrome and parasomnias such as REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD).
  • Comprehend the underlying physiologic basis giving rise for sleep and wakefulness.
  • Appreciate the management of excessive sleepiness in the setting of narcolepsy.
  • Appreciate the causes of sleep problems and their potential treatments in patients with neurodegenerative disorders.


The University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for Category 1 Credit(s)™ as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.


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