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.

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.