Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine offer a one-year Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Program. It provides general training in all areas of clinical neurophysiology and emphasizes neurophysiological applications in epilepsy diagnosis and therapy.

This fellowship is a pediatric epilepsy track under Emory University’s Clinical Neurophysiology Program. Specialists in the field of epilepsy lead academic courses and clinical epilepsy rotations. Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in clinical research under the direction of staff physicians. Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (first year only).

What are the goals and objectives of the Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Program?

The objective of this program is for fellows to obtain a broad education in the clinical, electro-diagnostic and pathophysiological aspects of epilepsy. Because the program provides a strong foundation in general clinical neurophysiology, participating fellows are eligible for examination/certification in epilepsy through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), as well as Clinical Neurophysiology With Added Competency in Epilepsy Monitoring through the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN).

Didactic instruction and laboratory experience emphasize routine and ambulatory EEG, video-EEG (vEEG) monitoring (in diagnostic and pre-surgical applications), EEG monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), evoked potentials (including intra-operative monitoring) and functional mapping with direct cortical electrical stimulation.

Training in the clinic settings emphasizes epilepsy diagnosis and therapy with exposure to other paroxysmal and persistent disorders of consciousness, cognition and behavior. The majority of clinical, hospital and vEEG exposure for our fellows is on pediatric patients.

What elective rotations are offered?

  • EMG/NCS or polysomnography
  • Intra-operative monitoring
  • Source-localization with high density EEGs

Opportunities for conference attendance and poster presentations include:

  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Kiffin Penry Mini-Fellowship

Didactic conferences include the following:

  • Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Lecture Series
  • Weekly Combined Neurophysiology Conference
  • Weekly Epilepsy Surgery Conference (adult and pediatric combined)
  • Weekly EMG Conference
  • Weekly Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Monthly Pediatric Epilepsy Conference

The Epilepsy Center at Children’s:

  • Holds a Level 4 National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) designation for a pediatric epilepsy center, which provides the highest quality in intensive neuro-diagnostic monitoring, as well as extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment.
  • Offers comprehensive evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes, and provides a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.

Send the following documents to Sonam Bhalla, MD:

  • Completed Emory University fellowship application
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement describing your background, clinical and research interests, and career plans
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination scores (all steps)

You must also submit application requirements for the Emory Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program.

Contact us

For more information about our Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Program, contact Sonam Bhalla, MD, and Marianna Watson.

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