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Wisconsin Sleep: Sleep Disorders Update Conference

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It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness hindering daily functions and adversely affecting health and longevity.


Wisconsin Sleep is hosting a CME conference on September 24 focusing on common sleep disorders.


According to Ruth Benca, MD, PhD, "The purpose of this conference is to teach primary care providers and other professionals to be better able to diagnose and treat common sleep disorders that they encounter in their practices."


The topics will range from sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea to sleep disorders in children. The conference is targeted at primary care physicians and specialists who treat patients with sleep problems, nurse practitioners, nurses and other allied health professionals. There will also be a parallel track of lectures designed specifically for sleep technicians.


The lectures will include educational materials that participants can take away from the conference and reference in their practices. These materials will include how-to instructions and guidelines for diagnosis and treatment, including screening questionnaires and health information for patients.


Wisconsin Sleep will also feature a pediatric-specific session that will be led by Dr. Stephen Sheldon, director of the pediatric sleep center at the Northwestern University Sleep Medicine Center and Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.


Dr. Benca states that, "My experience in a lot of the courses I participate in is that the participants want more practical information that they can use in their clinical practice. We want attendees to leave feeling prepared and confident about being able to treat some sleep disorders."


One of the main focuses at the conference will be on insomnia. Ten to 15 percent of the general population has clinically significant insomnia.


According to Dr. Benca, "We would like to help providers understand how to diagnose and treat insomnia using combined behavioral and pharmacological approaches."


The Sleep Disorders Conference is broken into two parallel, day-long sessions. The second session's focus is for sleep technicians. This session will include topics such as a review of the use of newer respiratory assistance devices for patients and other new technologies in sleep laboratories today.


The University of Wisconsin faculty include: Ruth Benca, MD, PhD; John Dopp, PharmD; Mary Klink, MD; Stephanie Kraus, CNS; Cami Matthews, MD; David Plante, MD; Meredith Rumble, PhD; and Mihaela Teodorescu, MD, MS, FCCP.



Meet Wisconsin Sleep pediatrician Cami Matthews, MD


UW Health pediatrician Cami Matthews