Sleep Medicine

Fellowship Program at McMaster

Welcome to the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at McMaster University.

Dr. Juliana Yanan Li, Program Director
Dr. Juliana Yanan Li, Program Director


This clinical scholarship program provides comprehensive training in adult sleep medicine with broad exposure to respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders. The clinical experience is uniquely provided both at St. Joseph's Healthcare teaching hospital as well as at a community-based sleep disorders clinic. The program offers a nice balance for a senior trainees with flexibility for self-directed learning as well a structured weekly academic half day curriculum. The clinical scholar is self-funded through their clinic billings and as a member of the AFP, which past trainees have found to be a helpful experience in transitioning to independent practice.

Certification Outcome

There is currently no certification (may change), upon successful completion of the program, the physician will be meet practice requirement of Independent Sleep Medicine practice in Ontario under current CPSO guidelines.

Entry Requirements

Clinical Scholarship is considered a faculty position at McMaster University. Therefore, candidates must satisfy all university criteria for faculty position.

Clinical Scholars must:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen or have obtained Permanent Resident status.
  2. Have successfully completed the requirements for Royal College /College of Family Physicians certification, or equivalent;
  3. Hold an independent practice license with appropriate scope from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), and have an OHIP provider number and malpractice insurance from the CMPA.
  4. Obtain medical staff membership and privileges at Hamilton Health Sciences and/or St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Application Deadline

October 30 of each academic year

Goals of Training

Attain knowledge and expertise to practice adult Sleep Medicine independently. Requirements for CPSO Sleep Medicine Pathway 2 are met.

Length of Training

12 months


Self-funding through clinical billings.

Curriculum Highlights

Weekly academic half day

Supervision & Feedback

Case discussion with staff physician during clinic, cases presented at academic half day weekly, a 3 month ITER and chart review, twice a year meeting with program directors.

Yanan (Juliana) Li

Medicine, Respirology
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Associate Professor
Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program; Medical Director, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Sleep Laboratory

905-521-2100 ext. 33714

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