FAQs about ISRTP


1. What is the ISRTP program?
2. What benefits are provided to the mentees/trainees?
3. The March 1, 2019, deadline has passed. Is there still time to apply into the program?
4. Will there be additional sites, other than the 5 listed, for next year 2020-2021 mentees?
5. Who should I contact if I have additional questions?


 

1. What is the ISRTP program?

World Sleep Society has developed—and is now seeking trainee applications for—the International Sleep Research Training Program (ISRTP). The overarching goal of the program is to prepare sleep trainees from various countries throughout the world for future leadership in basic and/or clinical sleep research. Prior to ISRTP, there was no formalized process to select the best international trainees whom would optimally benefit from a 1-year comprehensive training program. The ISRTP will provide an opportunity for such trainees, especially those in developing countries, to train at major academic institutions so they can acquire sleep research skills and observe management of patients with sleep disorders from experienced scientists and clinicians. In turn, the program will foster a cohort of future sleep research leaders who will keep the field of sleep research and medicine vibrant with their ideas, plans and goals.

The trainees will be matched to sleep research mentors at host academic institutions. Each trainee must have funds to support his or her trainee year at the host institution. The program will provide trainees with travel funds to participate in two major international sleep meetings. Selection of trainees will be based on their research plans; plans to further research in their home country; English communication skills; motivation; educational level; and availability of continued mentorship in their home countries.

The first class of trainees will start on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020. An application packet for interested trainees can be found at worldsleepsociety.org/isrtp.


2. What benefits are provided to the trainees?

KEY MENTEE OUTCOMES
• Acquisition of knowledge and understanding of sleep science
• Acquisition of research skills
• Clinical exposure to the management of sleep disorders
• Accepted manuscripts
• Funded grants
• Academic and societal leadership

KEY TOPICS COVERED WITHIN THE MENTORSHIP
• Research study development, implementation and replication (including study design, selection of specific aims and outcomes, data analysis, authorship, and ethical concerns)
• Clinical exposure to management of sleep disorders
• Scientific communication skills (including presenting and publishing results)
• Obtaining and managing research funds
• Career development


3. The March 1, 2019 deadline has passed. Is there still time to apply into the program?

Even though our March 1, 2019 deadline has passed for the 2019-2020 class, please complete the application and connect with our office on any questions. We will be continuing this program next year, and applications received after our March 1 deadline will continuously be reviewed for opportunities within this program, along with being considered for the next year.


4. Will there be additional sites, other than the 5 listed, for next year 2020-2021 mentees?

Criteria for our ISRTP Mentors & Sites will be assessed every 3-year cycle. Currently, to become a Mentor/Site, the following must be present:
o Availability of primary and secondary mentors
o Availability of educational/training content for sleep science and research in English
o Availability for both basic and clinical research
o Active current and prospective research projects
o Ability to arrange clinical observations
o A track record of training students, peers or other trainees

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR MENTOR/SITE:
July 1, 2019
The Mentor/Site application for the ISRTP program is still being developed. For more information, contact Allan O’Bryan of World Sleep Society at info@worldsleepsociety.org.


5. Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please email World Sleep Society at info@worldsleepsociety.org or call us at +1 (507) 316-0084.