Melissa Curran, a student with the Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science (NDSS) program, is entering her ninth year of coordinating the Atrium Sleep Symposium with the medical director and the president of the AASM, Douglas Kirsch, MD.

Kirsch said Curran has been an integral part of the sleep laboratory program.

“She has volunteered to help design a needed symposium to educate our clinical staff. Her focus, high energy, and creativity will keep this event successful and growing for years to come.”

Jaspal Singh, MD, highlighted Curran’s growth over the last nine years: “She’s shown how resilient and resourceful she can be in coordinating major projects, even when there are challenges along the way. Speakers appreciate her organization,  communication, and genuine concern for everyone’s needs. Most importantly, she makes the whole process a lot of fun.”

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine requires 10 continuing education credits every year for sleep technicians. This symposium is designated for eight category one credits. Atrium Health/Charlotte AHEC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The event’s objectives are to evaluate the benefits of screening, diagnosis, and treatment; implement quality initiatives centered around patients and public safety, and to evaluate trends and new topics in sleep medicine research and clinical practice. It features nationally recognized speakers who discuss an array of sleep topics selected by Curran and Kirsch.