Supervisor Henry Orff, PhD
Facility UC San Diego Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic
4520 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA  92121
Phone (858) 642-6492
Placement Type Outpatient Clinic
Patient Type

Patients with sleep disorders, primarily insomnia and circadian (advanced/delayed sleep phase) problems.

Experience Type

Individual sessions with patients; obtain sleep histories and conduct cognitive-behavioral interventions for sleep as indicated.

Number Of Students Rotation can accommodate up to two trainees per year.
Experience Necessary

Due to complexity of cases (medically and psychologically) this rotation would be best for a more advanced (4th or 5th year) student. Trainee should be comfortable with history taking, providing education to patients, performing interventions, and medical note writing.

Time Commitment

Clinic is half-days on Wednesdays from 1-5pm. Trainees can expect to see 1-2 new patients per week and about 2-3 follow-ups per week (approximately 3-4 hrs of direct contact) plus another 1-2 hrs of report writing for a total of 5-6 hrs of work spent in this placement per week.

In keeping with UCSD Medical School rules, supervisors need to be present in the clinic when patients are seen by trainees, residents, fellows, etc. Therefore, supervision occurs in real time and no additional supervision time is required (unless requested by the trainee).

Practicum Length One year
Start Date July 1, 2021
Limiting Factors Assessment and treatment sessions are currently being conducted via telemed with an anticipated future move towards hybrid (telemed and in-person) options for patients. Practicum students will be able to see patients virtually and/or in-person depending on evolving SDSU/UCSD training policies.
Other Issues

For interested trainees, other learning opportunities can be arranged, sleep research seminars, and training in polysomnographic assessment of EEG sleep recordings.

Consultation: Optional attendance at multidisciplinary team meetings

Description Revised 03/15/2021