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Clinical Neurophysiology Pediatric Fellowship

The Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is one of the ACGME-accredited fellowship programs at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University along with Epilepsy, Sleep Medicine, and Neuromuscular Medicine. There are 2 positions per year to train board certified/eligible child neurologists in the field of clinical neurophysiology with focus on epilepsy and intraoperative monitoring.


Program Details


Fellows primarily dedicate their time at the pediatric site, emphasizing pediatric epilepsy and EEGs. Additionally, they spend 2-3 months at the adult hospital, focusing on adult EEG interpretation and gaining experience in intraoperative monitoring.

Trainees cultivate expertise in pediatric epilepsy through various avenues, including inpatient consultations and outpatient epilepsy clinics. These clinics encompass a range of subspecialties such as epilepsy and genetics, ketogenic diet management, tuberous sclerosis, infantile spasms, brain tumors, Dravet syndrome, among others.

 Clinical Experience

Throughout their training year, fellows acquire proficiency in electroencephalography (EEG) through the interpretation of long-term studies conducted in various clinical settings including the epilepsy monitoring unit, routine EEG lab, wards, neonatal, and pediatric intensive care units. They actively engage in epilepsy surgery evaluations and intracranial monitoring procedures such as SEEG and electrocorticography.

Weekly didactic lectures covering a wide range of topics including epilepsy, sleep disorders, intraoperative monitoring, and EMG/NCS, along with multidisciplinary meetings, form an integral part of the fellowship curriculum, and fellows are expected to attend these sessions.

Fellows who would like to participate in clinical research activities throughout their training, have ample opportunities available for involvement in ongoing projects.


During their training, fellows are required to complete at least one research project. Additionally, they are eligible to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Clinical Neurophysiology board upon completion of their training.

Fellows are encouraged to consider a two-year program consisting of one year in Clinical Neurophysiology (CNP) followed by one year in Epilepsy. This extended program provides fellows with enhanced expertise and increased research opportunities.

 Requirements & Eligibility

The ACGME accredited training in Epilepsy or Clinical Neurophysiology must be preceded by completion of a residency program in neurology or child neurology accredited in the United States or Canada. 

Residents are selected for the Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship from eligible applicants based upon their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities. 

 Application Process

Applicants must complete the ERAS general application, including medical school transcripts, CV, personal statement and three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from the residency program director).

All interviews will be conducted virtually.

 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the McGaw Diversity & Inclusion page, the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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 Why Northwestern?

Why Northwestern?Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Rebecca M. Garcia Sosa, MD

Rebecca M. Garcia Sosa, MD

Program Director, Pediatric Epilepsy fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship


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Zulaika Guzman

Zulaika Guzman

Coordinator, Child Neurology Training Program


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Gorden Rhutasel

Fellowship Coordinator


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For more information about our affiliated fellowships at NMH, please visit Northwestern Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology


More Information

Further program details, including the housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

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