Epilepsy Fellowship Program


All fellowship slots have been filled for 2021.

A one-year clinical fellowship provides exposure to electroencephalogram (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.

Fellowship training program director

Sudha Kilaru Kessler, MD

Division chief

Brenda Banwell, MD

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.

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 Landspitali University Hospital in Iceland.

Clinical activities

The Division currently has 31 neurologists, with 12 specializing in pediatric epilepsy. The Pediatric Epilepsy Program, 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 Epilepsy Program.


The educational curriculum is designed to provide intensive exposure to all aspects of epilepsy, with an emphasis on neonatal, pediatric and adult EEG. While on clinical rotations at Children's Hospital, the fellow works in conjunction with an attending to interpret routine and video EEG's. The fellow plays an active role in the evaluation of potential candidates for epilepsy surgery. The fellow also works in conjunction with neurology attendings in the outpatient management of epilepsy patients. Other rotations at Children's Hospital and affiliated hospitals include functional neuro-imaging, sleep, EMG, adult EEG and evoked potentials.

Conference schedule

Schedule (Monday - Friday)

Every Weekday

  • 8 - 10 a.m. – Epilepsy monitoring unit reading and rounds
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m. – Routine EEG reading session


  • Noon – Epilepsy monitoring unit record review


  • Noon – Routine EEG record review
  • 4:30 p.m. – University of Pennsylvania Epilepsy Center surgical case conference


  • 8 a.m. – Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • 4 p.m. – University of Pennsylvania Epilepsy Center Journal Club


  • 8 a.m. – Clinical neuroscience conference
  • 1 p.m. – Pediatric Epilepsy Program surgical case conference
  • 4 p.m. – Neurology Grand Rounds


  • Noon – Clinical neurophysiology core lecture series

How to apply

The following items are required for application to the Epilepsy 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) & 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.

Please submit applications via email to Ashley Rees-Jones at reesjonesa@email.chop.edu. If items need to be mailed, they can be mailed to:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Pediatrics-Child Neurology Division/Epilepsy Fellowship
Colket Translational Research Building, 10th Floor
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 Rees-Jones at 215-590-1722 or by email at reesjonesa@email.chop.edu.

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.

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