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).

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014, will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.