Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program

Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program

The Division of Neurology and members of the PREP staff stride to raise awareness about epilepsy, its causes and its treatments at every level — community outreach, medical and nursing student education, graduate medical education, and national and international epilepsy conferences.

Overview and mission

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, affiliated with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, offers a one-year and two-year fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. The fellowship is designed to prepare for board certification in Epilepsy through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and "Clinical Neurophysiology with Added Competency in Epilepsy Monitoring" through the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN).

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Fellowship training program director

Dennis J. Dlugos, MD
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Neurology
Colket Translational Research Building, 10th Floor
35th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
215-590-1719
dlugos@email.chop.edu

Division chief

Brenda Banwell, MD
Division Chief, Neurology
Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology)
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
215-590-1710
banwellb@email.chop.edu

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Specific information by years and/or rotations

A one-year clinical fellowship provides exposure to all aspects of clinical neurophysiology, including EEG, video-EEG monitoring, epilepsy surgery, evoked potentials and sleep. All aspects of EEG are emphasized, including neonatal, pediatric and adult EEG.

A two-year clinical/research fellowship combines 12 months of clinical work with 12 months of clinical, translational or basic science research. A wide variety of excellent research mentors are available.

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Research expectations and opportunities

The fellow who elects to enroll in the two-year program has substantial protected time in order to develop independent research efforts. This research time is spent in conjunction with an experienced research mentor. Past fellows have completed both clinical research and basic science research projects. The research fellowship has a successful track record in leading to NIH career development awards.

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General information on outcomes of fellows

All graduates of our fellowship program have secured positions at academic institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, University of California at San Francisco, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts, State University of New York, Oregon Health Sciences University, Loma Linda University and Landspitalinn University Hospital in Iceland.

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Clinical activities

The Division currently has 31 neurologists, with 12 specializing in pediatric epilepsy. The Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program (PREP), within the Division of Neurology, offers a comprehensive array of epilepsy services, including epilepsy surgery, the ketogenic diet, experimental anti-epileptic drug (AED) studies, PET, functional MRI and MEG. The epilepsy program is very much a team effort - with active representatives from neuroradiology, neuropsychology, nuclear medicine, neurosurgery and neuropathology. Currently, the Hospital has 18 video-EEG units for clinical use, with two additional units dedicated to research. The Division performs more than 5,000 routine EEGs each year and more than 3,000 patient days of video-EEG monitoring. Learn more about the clinical activities of the Division of Neurology and the Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program.

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Additional information about the Fellowship Program in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology

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