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ACC Students Teach Physicians About Sleep Studies

Alvin Community College polysomnography students took their turn as instructor for several Houston-area physicians on July 8 to show them the technology used in sleep studies.

Physicians from the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center sat down with sleep medicine students to walk through polysomnography procedures. The polysomnography students helped teach the doctors about using the equipment, software and procedures for the sleep studies.

“Through ACC’s community partnerships, this opportunity is one of kind for both students and physicians,” Rusk said. “ACC has hosted the sleep medicine fellows workshop since 2011 and we hope to continue to welcome physicians training in the field of sleep medicine to ACC as part of their education.

This was the first workshop conducted since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The work between the students and doctors benefit everyone when they perform sleep studies in the workforce, ACC Polysomnography Director Jordan Rusk said.

“I enjoy meeting the physicians every year and watching our students shine while teaching the physicians about what a sleep technologist does,” Rusk said. “This partnership helps bridge the gap between technologist and physician and empowers our students and builds confidence in their knowledge while still in pursuit of their education.”

Polysomnography graduates help with the treatment and diagnosis the causes of conditions like narcolepsy, sleep apnea and insomnia. ACC is home to the first polysomnography degree program in Texas and one of 20 throughout the United States.

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