Mini-Residency Program



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We are offering two programs this year. One program begins in Summer 2024 and prepares participants to take the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) board offered in July of 2025. A second program begins in Fall 2024 and prepares participants to take the ABDSM board offered in January of 2026. Other than start dates, the two programs are identical; both consist of Mastery 1 and 2 components, transpiring over a 1-year time period.


For the Summer program, Registration will be open from May 1 to September 27, 2024.
For the Fall program, Registration will be open from September 27, 2025, to March 1, 2025.



Introduction

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is offering a Mini-Residency in dental sleep medicine for licensed dentists, providing over 100 hours of CE credit. This evidence-based program will expand participants’ understanding of sleep and sleep-related breathing disorders, competence to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with custom oral appliance therapy. Participants will gain confidence working with patients, physicians, and medical insurance.

The Mini-Residency is accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). Participants successfully completing Mastery 1 will be eligible to become a Qualified Dentist through the AADSM. Participants successfully completing Mastery 2 will be eligible to take the board to become Diplomates of the ABDSM.


Program Description

The program consists of pre-recorded lectures, in-person clinical training, live streaming review sessions, and self-guided study elements. Important parts of the program are two weekend sessions that must be done in person at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Lectures are given by leading University of Michigan faculty and clinicians. Most lecture material will be available on line, accessible at the participant’s convenience.

Educational Session at University of Michigan School of Dentistry Sleep Medicine

The in-person weekend sessions are devoted to clinical training and clinical demonstrations. Participants will learn, step-by-step, dental sleep medical procedures, using themselves as a patient in the process. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the University of Michigan Sleep Disorder Center.
Guided self-study includes pre-recorded lectures, quizzes, video demonstrations, literature reviews and competency assignments. Participants will complete two guided cases on patients in their home practices, which will involve fabricating and delivering oral appliances. We offer weekly reviews of the literature in preparation for the board.

Educational Session at University of Michigan School of Dentistry Sleep Medicine

Mastery 1 examines fundamental concepts of sleep, sleep disorders, comprehensive examination skills, and practical techniques necessary to incorporate oral appliance therapy (OAT) into a general or specialty dental practice. Participants will learn the AADSM standards of clinical practice necessary to perform patient screening, examination and record acquisition to begin treatment with competence and confidence. Successful graduates of Mastery 1 will be eligible to achieve “Qualified Dentist” status, a term that is recognized not only by the AADSM, but also by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and many medical insurers. During the Mastery 1 in-person clinical session, participants will pair up to take impressions and protrusive bites to fabricate appliances for each other.

Mastery 2 builds on the knowledge and clinical proficiency gained in Mastery 1 with continued emphasis on skill development. In the clinical session, participants will deliver appliances on each other. They will gain clinical competence and confidence with delivery and titration methods. Breakout sessions will cover such things as device design and selection. Lectures will develop a more in-depth understanding of normal sleep and the consequences of poor quality sleep. Exploring alternative treatments such as surgery and CPAP will lay a foundation for guiding patient decision making and anticipating combining therapies for best outcomes.

Educational Session at University of Michigan School of Dentistry Sleep Medicine

Both Mastery 1 and 2 are necessary prerequisites for the dentist to be eligible to apply for the board offered by the ABDSM. Successful passing of the board exam allows a participant to become a diplomat of the ABDSM.


See the course brochure here.


Course Schedule


Summer 2024 - Summer 2025 Mini-Residency in Dental Sleep Medicine 

Mastery 1

  • Online pre-recorded lectures (June 1, 2024 – October 1, 2024)
  • In-person demonstrations and hands-on clinical training (October 5-6, 2024 8:00 am-5:30 pm)

Intersession

Live online session (November 23, 2024, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET)

Mastery 2

  • Online pre-recorded lectures (October 5, 2024 - Jan 11, 2025)
  • In-person sessions (Jan. 11, 2025, 8:00 am-6:00 pm – Jan. 12, 2025, 8:00 am- 3:00 pm)

Postsession

Live online session (April 4, 2025, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET)

Board Review

Live online session (TBA: 2-6 weeks prior to Board Exam)

Important Deadlines

Registration Window: May 1 - September 27, 2024 

For Mastery 1:

  • June 1, 2024: Online presentations, assessments and assignments become available
  • September 27, 2024: All Mastery 1 on-line assessments and assignments must be completed by this date
  • October 5-6, 2024: In-Person Clinical Training
  • November 9, 2024: Deadline to complete the AADSM quiz to receive “Qualified Dentist” status

For Mastery 2:

  • October 7, 2024: Online presentations, assessments and assignments become available
  • January 10, 2025: All Mastery 2 online assessments and assignments must be completed by this date
  • January 11-12, 2025: In Person Clinical Training
  • April 26, 2025: Deadline to complete Mastery 2 assessments, readings and assignments in order to register for the ABDSM board exam
  • June 1, 2024: Deadline to complete Mastery 2 assessments, readings and assignments if you are not taking the ABDSM board exam in summer

Fall 2024 – Fall 2025 Mini-Residency in Dental Sleep Medicine

Mastery 1

  • Online pre-recorded lectures (November 1, 2024 – March 8, 2025)
  • In-person demonstrations and hands-on clinical training (March 15-16, 2025, 8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Intersession

Live online session (April 26, 2025, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET)

Mastery 2

  • Online pre-recorded lectures (March 17, 2025 – June 11, 2025)
  • In-person sessions (June 14, 2025, 8:00 am-6:00 pm – June 15, 2025, 8:00 am- 3:00 pm)

Postsession

Live online session (July 26, 2025, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET)

Board Review

Live online session (TBA: 2-6 weeks prior to Board Exam)

Important Deadlines

Registration Window: September 27, 2025 – March 1, 2025

For Mastery 1:

  • November 1, 2025: Online presentations, assessments and assignments become available
  • March 8, 2025: All on-line assessments and assignments must be completed by this date
  • March 15-16, 2025: In Person Clinical Training
  • May 2, 2025: Deadline to complete the AADSM quiz to receive “Qualified Dentist” status

For Mastery 2:

  • March 17, 2025: Online presentations, assessments and assignments become available
  • June 11, 2025: All on-line assessments and assignments must be completed by this date
  • June 14-15, 2025: In Person Clinical Training
  • October 18, 2025: Deadline to complete Mastery 2 assessments, readings and assignments. You will be board eligible to take the winter ABDSM exam (Jan. 2026)
Educational Session at University of Michigan School of Dentistry Sleep Medicine

Why Michigan?

  • Our courses are taught by ten University of Michigan faculty representing the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Eighteen advanced education degrees and 12 board certifications are represented in this group, as well as directorships of seven different advanced specialty and clinical programs.
  • Our faculty have won numerous awards for excellence in didactic and clinical teaching.
  • In addition, two of our faculty have been full-time private practitioners in Dental Sleep Medicine, with over 27 years of experience between them.
  • We are one of only two AADSM-accredited Mastery Program providers. Accredited program attendees are eligible to earn AADSM Qualified Dentist designation and can apply for the ABDSM certification exam.
  • Class size will be limited
  • University of Michigan CE classes traditionally host a strong community of learners.
  • Clinical instruction will occur in the School’s newly completed Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) facility. This facility consists of 20 semi-private dental chairs, providing hands-on opportunities to learn techniques for examinations, bite registration, digital and PVS impressions, fitting and adjusting of oral appliances and morning aligners and intra-oral photography.
  • Representatives from vendors that specialize in dental sleep medical products will be available for perusal of products and literature.
  • Course participants will have an opportunity to take a walking excursion to the Sleep Disorder Clinic to see how polysomnography studies are performed and to have the opportunity to discuss sleep study details with a Registered Sleep Technologist.
  • Participants will perform sleep apnea screenings and comprehensive exams on each other, as well as fabricate and deliver their own appliances, thus building confidence in a controlled teaching environment.

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Course Details and Logistics

The Mini-residency is divided into two parts, Mastery 1 and Mastery 2, transpiring over a 1-yr time period. Both Mastery 1 and 2 consist of required readings, on-line lectures, and in-person clinical sessions.
The Mini-residency has been tailored to provide: (1) evidence-based practice standards, (2) the convenience of learning on-line, (3) valuable in-person, hands-on practice of clinical skills, (4) the opportunity to fabricate a custom appliance to fit you, the participant, (5) sufficient in-person and live CE hours to meet the requirements of dental boards, (6) an opportunity to build networks with peers, educators, and vendors through study groups and discussion boards.
The Mini-Residency also requires several clinical competency assignments that will require patient interaction in the participant’s home office. Participants will receive detailed instructions and guidance with these assignments.

Mastery 1 consists of

  • 31 on-line lectures and associated quizzes (quizzes contain content and style similar to questions that appear on the AADSM Qualified Dentist exam and the ABDSM board exam)
  • 6 in-person lectures
  • 4 clinical competencies
  • 22 clinical science articles

Mastery 2 consists of

  • 19 on-line lectures and associated quizzes (quizzes contain content and style similar to questions that appear on the AADSM Qualified Dentist exam and the ABDSM board exam)
  • 2 in-person lectures
  • 2 clinical competencies
  • Small-group case studies and device round tables
  • 19 clinical science articles
  • Field trip to the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center
Intersessions and post-sessions provide added value including
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Guest lectures addressing participant interests
  • Board review
  • Discussing clinical cases from participant’s home clinics


Our faculty

Our courses are taught by ten University of Michigan faculty representing the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine. These are faculty heavily invested and successful in teaching and in clinical practices. They are the University of Michigan’s leaders and experts in the topics they teach in the Mini-Residency.

Geoffrey E. Gerstner, DDS, MS, PhD, D.ABDSM

Dr. Gerstner is Director of the Mini-Residency. He holds a BS in Zoology and did an MS while simultaneously obtaining a DDS degree at UCLA. He subsequently pursued graduate training through an individual NIH Dentist Scientist Award. He studied Orofacial Pain management at the UCLA School of Dentistry and obtained a PhD in Neuroscience through the UCLA School of Medicine. His graduate work won the AADR Hatton Award.

Dr. Gerstner has been faculty at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry since 1992, where he has taught pre-doctoral and post-doctoral clinical, pre-clinical, and didactic courses in dental sleep medicine, occlusion, orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, sleep bruxism, and the neurobiology of chewing, swallowing, breathing, and speech. He has won many teaching awards, including Dean’s Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Gerstner has mentored 160 undergraduate students, 66 graduate students and 5 post-doctoral research investigators. Dr. Gerstner's current research focuses on the motor control of chewing, and on clinical studies related to obstructive sleep apnea. He is funded by the AADSM to study the validity of over-the-counter consumer products marketed for use in home obstructive sleep apnea screening and assessment.
Dr. Gerstner is Director of the Sleep Apnea Clinic at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. His practice is limited to treating obstructive sleep apnea and is located in Graduate Prosthodontics and in Hospital Dentistry. He holds DDS licenses in Michigan and California.

Neeraj Kaplish, MD

Dr. Kaplish is Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Sleep Medicine. He is the Director of the Sleep Medicine ACU and Michigan Medicine Sleep Disorders Laboratories with Board Certification in Neurology, Sleep Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology. He is currently or in past has held leadership positions within Michigan Medicine, in the state of Michigan and nationally.

Dr. Kaplish did his neurology residency at University of Toledo Medical Center and did fellowships in clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine at the University of Michigan. He has been a faculty member of the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center and Center for Sleep Science for 15 years. His interests include developing novel methods of treating obstructive sleep apnea in patients who are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. He has published and researches the impact of sleep disorders in neurological conditions. He collaborates with stakeholders within Michigan Medicine and Beyond to enhance and improve access to clinical services for patients with sleep disorders. Dr. Kaplish is interested in teaching various aspects of chronic sleep disorders and the interface of neurologic diseases and sleep disorders.

Elizabeth R. Hatfield, DDS, D.ABOP

Dr. Hatfield is the Director of the University of Michigan Orofacial Pain and TMD residency and specialty program. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Michigan in 2017 and completed the general practice residency (GPR) at Michigan Medicine in 2018. Following this, she was the first person to complete the TMD & Orofacial Pain Residency at Michigan Medicine in 2020 and is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

After residency, Dr. Hatfield joined the University of Michigan as a faculty member in Hospital Dentistry and TMD & Orofacial Pain. In 2022 she became the program director for the TMD & Orofacial Pain Residency. Her clinical interests are in TMD & Orofacial Pain diagnosis and management, including temporomandibular joint disorders, headaches, and neuropathic pain disorders. She is expressly interested in furthering undergraduate and graduate education in this clinical area. Dr. Hatfield’s research interests are in innovative management strategies for orofacial pain disorders and inter-professional education and collaboration.

Ivy Wei, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Wei is a prosthodontist with a diverse background in dental medicine, oral biology, and biomaterials. She earned her dental degree and completed her advanced postdoctoral training in restorative dentistry in China before pursuing a PhD in oral biology and dental biomaterials at the University of Hong Kong. Her research is focused on bio-integration, tissues regeneration, and the management of infections associated with dental implants, dental ceramics, and dental fillings.

Her work in these areas has earned her multiple awards from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Dr. Wei's expertise was further honed with the completion of a graduate degree in prosthodontics at the University of Michigan, after which she joined the faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor and co-director of the pre-doctoral implant program. She also completed dental sleep medicine training from AADSM and her current research interests involve developing and optimizing oral appliances for the management of obstructive sleep apnea, with a particular focus on improving patient comfort, compliance, and therapeutic outcomes.

Fauziya Hassan, MBBS, MS

Dr. Hassan is Clinical Professor with specialty training in Pediatric Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine, and Pediatrics. She did her pediatric residency at Texas Tech Health Science Center and her fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Michigan. She is the Director of Refractory Sleep Apnea clinic at the University of Michigan as well as the Co-director of the Pediatric Home Ventilator Program and the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Clinic at the University of Michigan.

Her area of practice is in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, including sleep apnea (both central and obstructive) as well as hypoventilation in children and the use of non-invasive ventilation in children. She is also interested in sleep disorders in children in relation to chronic diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis and the relationship between obesity and sleep.

Berna Saglik, DDS, MS, D.ABDSM

Dr. Berna Saglik received her DDS degree from Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey, and MS in prosthodontics from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Upon graduation she started working as a full time faculty member. She is currently teaching in the graduate prosthodontics clinic as well as directing Removable Partial Denture course for sophomore dental students.

She is also the Director of Dental Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics. Dr.Saglik has received numerous teaching awards including Dr.Paul Gibbons award, and ADEA/ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows Junior Faculty award . She's an alumni of ADEA Leadership Institute, Class of 2013. Dr. Saglik is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Education Association and a fellow of the International College of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Saglik is a diplomate of American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Board of Prosthodontics. She is a published author with publications in peer-reviewed journals in the area of advanced prosthodontics procedures and dental implants. She maintains an intramural faculty practice limited to Prosthodontics.

Earl K. Bogrow, DDS, D.ABDSM

Earl K Bogrow DDS is a 1979 graduate of the U-M School of Dentistry and 1975 undergraduate B.S from University of Michigan. He has had a private general dentistry practice in Southfield, Mich., since 1981. Currently, he dedicates his private practice to Dental Sleep Medicine in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring with Oral Appliance Therapy. He has also trained as a Buteyko breathing method clinical certified instructor.

Dr. Bogrow is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry ( since 2005), and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (since 2012). He is currently an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences and Prosthodontics and the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, along with being a Dental Sleep Medicine consultant at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He was an invited speaker and participant in the University of Michigan SOD Pathways program (2017-2020). From 1979 to 1981 Earl worked for the State of Hawaii Public Dental Health Department. He is currently licensed with the State of Michigan and Hawaii state Boards of Dentistry.

Regina Mackiewicz-Dailey, DMD, D.ABDSM

Dr. Regina Mackiewicz-Dailey is an accomplished dental professional with over three decades of experience. She is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Cariology Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, and Biologic and Materials Sciences and Prosthodontics. She has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine since 2008.

Dr. Mackiewicz-Dailey obtained her DMD degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1986, summa cum laude. She then served as a pre-clinical instructor in Prosthodontics at the University of Detroit Dental School from 1986 to 1989. Since 1989, Dr. Mackiewicz-Dailey has been in private practice in Ann Arbor. For the past 20 years, her practice has included treating patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea which was inspired by the mentorship of Dr. Johnathan Parker. Her practice focus is to integrate oral health, wellness, restful sleep, and beautiful smiles. Dr. Mackiewicz-Dailey is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association (life member), Michigan Dental Association, Washtenaw District Dental Society (past president), American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Michigan Academy of Sleep Medicine, the National Dental Honors Society (Omicron Kappa Upsilon), and Chicago Dental Society. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience to assist other dentists in providing better care for their patients.

Sieu Yien (Ashley) Chiam, DDS, MSD

Dr. Sieu Yien (Ashley) Chiam earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2016. Following her graduation, she further developed her skills through postdoctoral training in a hospital setting and years of dedicated private practice. Fueled by her passion for elevating patient care and her unwavering pursuit of knowledge, she enhanced her expertise by undertaking Graduate Prosthodontics training at the University of Washington from 2020 to 2023.

Throughout these years, in addition to her clinical practice and teaching activities, she dedicated herself to exploring dental materials research, which led to recognition through grants and awards from esteemed institutions, including the American College of Prosthodontics, American Prosthodontics Society, and The Academy of Dental Materials. Upon completing her residency, Dr. Chiam was acknowledged by the University of Michigan, where she assumed the role of Clinical Assistant Professor.

Hsiao Hsin Sung, DDS, MS, D.ABDSM

Dr. Sung earned her DDS degree from the School of Dentistry, University of Chile in Santiago where she also completed her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency and a Master's Degree in Biological Science. She has received advanced training in dental implantology and specialized in oral maxillofacial trauma. Clinical Specialization: Dr. Sung's clinical interests include trauma, pathology, regenerative medicine and dentoalveolar surgeries.


Teaching Methods, Learning Resources and Technology

Mastery 1 and 2 will be presented as recorded lectures, assigned readings, demonstration videos, clinical-based training and competency assignments. Participants will have access to several live Q & A sessions and a digital Q & A discussion board.


● Required Textbook: ○ None 

● Online Lectures 

○ On-line lectures will be set up through Canvas and available for 1 year to registered participants. On-line course materials will be presented in modules comprising 3-5 close-captioned video lectures. The lectures are typically 1-hr in length. Lectures are accompanied by brief quizzes or assignments to test your competency with the material. You must watch the videos and successfully pass the quizzes or complete accompanying assignments to pass the course. Asynchronous lectures are all pre-recorded to view at your convenience before, during and after the course.



Learning Objectives

Upon completion of Mastery Course I, attendees will be able to:

1. Develop a critical understanding of the physiology of healthy sleep and the pathophysiology of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and its relationship to clinical application.

2. Describe demographics, predisposing factors, signs and symptoms, and co-morbidities of SDB and various techniques to identify patients at risk.

3. Immediately establish an effective screening protocol and medical referral network with inner office systems to streamline and document referrals.

4. Identify patients at risk for SDB, perform a comprehensive examination and begin treatment with confidence.

5. Describe attributes and limitations of various device design features to aid in selection.

6. Develop an understanding of the medical practice model and medical insurance coding and billing requirements.

7. Prepare to incorporate accepted standards of dental sleep medicine practice into a general practice or specialty practice setting with appropriate patient flow algorithms, practice standard requirements, documentation, comprehensive examination records and bite acquisition.


Upon completion of Mastery Course II, attendees will be able to:

1. Describe co-morbidities of SDBs such as cardiovascular, metabolic and neurocognitive concerns.

2. Identify critical data of sleep studies including sleep architecture, respiratory parameters and influence on oral appliance success expectations.

3. Incorporate appropriate oral appliance delivery processes such as fitting for comfort, evaluation of midline, documentation and correspondence.

4. Prepare patients for oral appliance use and titration, monitoring signs, symptoms and side effects.

5. Anticipate and prepare to manage side effects that could compromise treatment objectives.

6. Develop further understanding of the medical practice model and medical insurance coding and billing requirements.

7. Explore alternative and emerging therapies for SDB.

8. Anticipate oral appliance efficacy for individual cases and consider combinations of therapies for best clinical outcomes.

9. Explain the etiology and prevalence of pediatric SDB, the differences with adult SDB and the efficacies of treatment options.

10. Incorporate pediatric screening and referral protocols.

11. Continue to build an understanding of the medical practice model and medical insurance coding and billing requirements.

12. Perfect an appropriate algorithm for patient management that begins with screening and ends with long-term follow-up.



Course Fee

Tuition: $10,000


Cancellation Policy

The University of Michigan reserves the right to cancel a course and provide a full refund should conditions warrant. The refund will only include the cost of registration for the course.


Remediation Policy

You will have full access to the course for at least 1 year. In order to be eligible for the AADSM quiz after Mastery 1 and eligible for the ABDSM board exam after Mastery 2, all assignments must be completed according to the presented schedule.


Endorsement

Any opinion expressed or communicated regarding any product, device or appliance during this educational program is solely the opinion of the individual(s) expressing or communicating that opinion, and not that of the University of Michigan or AADSM. The University of Michigan and AADSM do not endorse, recommend or validate effectiveness of any products or services.


COVID-19 Warning

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to the University of Michigan when in person sessions occur. By attending this course in-person, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and you are confirming that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Questions or concerns about participation in the Clinical Opportunities can be directed to Dr. Geoffrey Gerstner, University of Michigan Mini-Residency in Dental Sleep Medicine, Program Director, at [email protected].

Refunds

No refund will be given if a participant is unable to attend Mastery 2 due to failure to complete Mastery 1 coursework by the above stated deadline.

Course Confirmation

An email confirmation will be sent after online registration is completed.

Dress Code

Clinic attire is appropriate for sessions held in the ACE clinic. For non-clinic sessions and the Celebratory Dinner, the dress code is business casual.