Starting a support group for your patients can be very rewarding. They can be beneficial for the community and for the sleep center as a way to market the program. There are many different types of support groups — OSA, RLS, insomnia and narcolepsy being a few.
When I started in this field over 30 years ago, I was very young, and knew that I wanted to make sleep technology my career. I was getting my degree in Psychology at Sacramento State, and decided to take a tour of the Stanford Sleep Lab. I figured, if you are going to get information and network, why not start from the top, so I met with Sharon Keenan, who was the current President of APT (Association of Polysomnographic Technologists, now known as AAST). She was so kind and open to me asking all kinds of career questions! She recommended I go to a sleep lab in Sacramento, and take a tour, which I did, and that was my first job as a sleep technologist.