Course Information
11th Annual UCLA Sleep Medicine Course

Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium (NRB)
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, California
January 27, 2018
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

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Course Description

Physicians in all areas of medicine encounter patients who complain of disturbed sleep. The purpose of this course, the 11th 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 emphasizes a practical based approach to sleep medicine across multiple specialties including primary care medicine, family practice, psychiatry, pediatrics, neurology, geriatrics and clinical psychology. The course will focus on the theories about why we sleep, review the major sleep disorders including chronic insomnia, excessive sleepiness and narcolepsy, parasomnias, and abnormal behaviors at night while highlighting the physiologic basis for sleep and wakefulness.

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 current updates regarding evaluation strategies and treatment recommendations. Each presentation of the primary sleep disorder will consist of discussion of etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic strategies and pharmacological and behavioral treatment options.

Target Audience

This course will target clinicians and health care providers who regularly encounter patients with sleep complaints. The course is particularly useful 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 will also find the course helpful.

Registration Information


To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
11th Annual UCLA Sleep Medicine Course
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

  • $150


Due to the low enrollment fee, no refunds will be given for this conference.


Course Director

Alon Avidan, MD, MPH*
Professor & Vice Chair
UCLA Department of Neurology
Director, UCLA Sleep Disorders Center
UCLA, Department of Neurology


Ruth M. Benca, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Chad M. Ruoff, MD
Sleep and Obesity Medicine
Associate, Southern California Permanente Group, Kaiser Woodland Hills
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University

Jerry Siegel, PhD*
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Center for Sleep Research
UCLA, Department of Psychiatry

* David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Saturday, January 27, 2018

8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Introduction
Alon Y. Avidan MD, MPH
8:10 - 9:00 The Function of Sleep
Jerry Siegel, PhD
9:00 - 9:45 Insomnia
Ruth M. Benca, MD, PhD
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:45 Things That Go Bump in the Night
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
10:45 - 11:15 The Physiology of Sleep and Wakefulness
Jerry Siegel, PhD
11:15 - 12:15 Narcolepsy: Diagnosis and Treatment
Chad M. Ruoff, MD
12:15 - 12:30 Q & A


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

  • Recognize the recent evolutionary theories about why we sleep.
  • Appreciate the causes of excessive sleepiness and insomnia in specific patient populations most likely to be encountered in primary care practice as well as by specialists in primary care practice, psychiatry, neurology, and geriatrics medicine.
  • Understand the pharmacological and behavioral management of insomnia, narcolepsy, parasomnias, and movement disturbance during sleep.
  • Recognize the 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 and abnormal motor activity during sleep, including restless legs syndrome.
  • Comprehend the underlying physiologic basis giving rise to sleep and wakefulness.
  • Manage excessive sleepiness in the setting of narcolepsy.


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.



Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium (NRB),
UCLA Campus
635 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, California 90095

Parking and Directions

From the 405 freeway, exit on Wilshire Blvd. East. Proceed on Wilshire Blvd. to Westwood Blvd. and make a left. Proceed north on Westwood Blvd., turn right on Charles E. Young Drive South and continue ½ a block. Turn left into Lot 9. There will be a parking attendant selling permits from 6:30-8:30 AM. If you arrive outside of this time frame, please visit the parking kiosk on Westwood Plaza to pay for your parking permit. Participants are responsible to pay for their own parking charges at a rate of $12 per vehicle, cash only.