Pediatric Friedreich’s Ataxia Fellowship

Fellowship information

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is part of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Center of Excellence, and has the largest Friedreich’s ataxia program in the world, including more than five active IRN protocols, multiple lines of basic science investigation, and a clinical program following more than 350 individuals with this disorder.

Trainees in this fellowship program will work in conjunction with the child neurology departments and genetic departments at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, spending 60 percent of their time clinically, 20 percent on indirect patient care, and 20 percent on research. In the second year of training, clinical time would decrease to 20 percent and research would occupy 80 percent.

Fellowship program director

David Lynch, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 

Fellowship coordinator

Ashley Rees-Jones (link sends e-mail)
Program Coordinator, Neurology Center for Education, Research and Training
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Colket Translational Research Building, 10th Floor
3501 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • Adult or pediatric neurology residency, board certified or board eligible.
  • Candidates are expected to have experience at an elective level in neurogenetics and movement disorders.
  • International candidates will be considered.

How to apply

The following items are required for application to the Pediatric Friedreich’s Ataxia Fellowship Program:

  1. Common application (PDF)
  2. Three (3) Letters of Reference (LORs)
  3. Dean’s letter aka Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE )
  4. Medical school transcript
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Personal statement
  7. Photograph
  8. USMLE Parts 1, 2 (ck and cs if applicable) and three (3) score transcript(s)
  9. ECFMG certification if graduated from a medical school outside the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico
  10. Visa documentation if not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Application process

Please submit any questions/application materials to:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Friedreich’s Ataxia Fellowship Program
Division of Neurology
Colket Translational Research Building - Room 10200-11
3501 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Attn: Ashley Rees-Jones, NCERT Program Coordinator

If you have any questions at any time during the application process, please contact Ashley at 215-590-1722 or by email (link sends e-mail).

Other requirements

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members (including trainees) on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

This mandate also applies to workforce members or trainees performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. Additionally, all workforce members based in or regularly scheduled to work at any New Jersey location are mandated to be both vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, with booster timing consistent with applicable guidelines. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members and trainees who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons. Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected category. CHOP is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.

CHOP is committed to building an inclusive culture where employees feel a sense of belonging, connection, and community within their workplace. We are a team dedicated to fostering an environment that allows for all to be their authentic selves. We are focused on attracting, cultivating, and retaining diverse talent who can help us deliver on our mission to be a world leader in the advancement of healthcare for children.

We strongly encourage all candidates of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.

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