Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship

City Park Denver


The Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Program offered through the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado is an accredited epilepsy fellowship through the ACGME, effective July 1, 2014. The program offers a one-year clinical fellowship in pediatric epilepsy. The fellowship can be expanded to a second research year; year two is dependent on the receipt of outside funding.

The fellowship in pediatric epilepsy was designed to be completed in one (1) academic year. The fellowship is a combination of outpatient care of pediatric epilepsy patients, including experience in the ketogenic diet, vagal nerve stimulation and drug studies, epilepsy monitoring and intra and extra operative functional cortical mapping, evoked potential (ESEP, VEP and BAEP) and the opportunity for research oriented curricular work.

The general goal of the epilepsy fellowship is to train motivated child neurology graduates in the subspecialty care of pediatric epilepsy patients. This includes advanced understanding in the medical management, and the identification and pre-surgical evaluation of intractable pediatric epilepsy patients, as well as the development of an ongoing clinical/bench research interest. The graduate should be able to diagnose and care for patients with epilepsy, including those with complications and diagnostic uncertainties.

The Specific Program Objectives are:

  • Board Certification by the American Clinical Neurophysiological Society or the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualification in epilepsy
  • Competent and independent application and interpretation of EEG in pediatric patients
  • Competent and independent utilization of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Intracartoid Amobarbital Testing, and Neuroradiological techniques
  • Competent and independent care of both in-patient and out-patient pediatric epilepsy patients
  • Competent and independent supervision of neurology fellows and other fellows and medical students on rotation in the Neurology Department.

Teaching is provided by the program director and other faculty. Faculty are certified by the ABPN with special qualification in child neurology and also have board certification in neurophysiology and have diverse interests and skills to meet the broad needs to provide the breadth of teaching necessary. The faculty actively pursue scholarly activities in the neurosciences and encourage fellows to do the same.

Clinical Education

Direct supervision by epilepsy faculty in continuity clinics will demand excellence in interpersonal communication and will foster compassionate and state of the art pediatric patient care in the out-patient setting. Through this direct mentorship, advancements in biomedical, clinical, and cognate knowledge in the field of epilepsy will be learned. In the epilepsy continuity clinic, the fellow will obtain skills in system-based practice as well as practice based learning objectives. Additionally, training in the management of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit will encourage the development of professionalism and ethics, as a diverse patient population, as well as diverse members of the evaluation team must be managed.

Major Rotation(s) / Methodology:

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit – identify appropriate pediatric candidates for long term monitoring, utilize available diagnostic and historical data to present and explain epilepsy surgical options, understand and utilize LTM for characterization of other difficult to manage pediatric patients, understand the basic principles of intra-cranial EEG video monitoring. In addition, the fellow will spend a month in adult epilepsy monitoring unit at the University to learn adult EEG waveforms in order to gain exposure to the difference between adult and pediatric EEGs.

Outpatient clinics – provide state of the art care in a tertiary referral center for identification and management of pediatric epilepsy patients, identification of possible surgical candidates, follow up care for post-surgical patients, follow up care for ketogenic diet and vagus nerve stimulation patients and investigational clinical trials management.
Independent Research (any admixture of clinical/ bench/curricular) – develop an appreciation and foundation for ongoing contribution to the epilepsy literature utilizing experiences from both a clinical and curricular setting. Paper presentations are encouraged for the one conference attended annually.

Functional Mapping Techniques (WADA, Cortical Mapping) – in conjunction with interventional radiology and neuro surgery, specific invasive techniques that are utilized in pre-surgical evaluation are to be learned on an as-available basis.


Kristen Park, MD, Program Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology

Krista Eschbach, MD Associate Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics

Scott Demarest, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology

Susan Koh, MD 
Associate Chief of Pediatrics & Neurology

Kelly Knupp, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology

Jaehyung Lim, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology

Julie Nelson, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology

Diana Walleigh, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology

Fellows for 2023-2024

Megan Abbott, MD

Kirsten Wilhelm, MD

How To Apply

We will be recruiting two fellows to join our program beginning July 8th, 2025. We do participate in the NRMP match for the fellowship. More information can be found on the AES website.


Criteria for Intern, Resident and Fellow Selection


1. Dedication to Pediatric Neurological Care

  • Demonstrated commitment to providing compassionate and world-class neurological care to pediatric patients.
  • Understanding of the unique challenges and considerations involved in pediatric neurology.

2. Commitment to Education and Research

  • Eagerness to engage in educational activities and contribute to scholarly investigations.
  • Interest in scholarly activity, which could include basic science, clinical science, educational, and/or quality improvement research.

3. Emphasis on Personal and Professional Growth

  • Willingness to actively participate in personal and professional development opportunities.

4. Advocacy for Wellness

  • Advocacy for innovative initiatives promoting the health and well-being of colleagues throughout their training.

5. Effective Communication and Feedback

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
  • Willingness to engage in ongoing feedback processes for personal and programmatic improvement.

6. Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in patient care, training, and faculty development.
  • Willingness to actively contribute to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for patients, trainees, and faculty.


These criteria aim to ensure that residents and fellows selected for our programs are aligned with our core principles and are dedicated to contributing positively to the program's mission and values.

Salary and Benefits

The University of Colorado offers salary and benefits packages that are competitive with other fellowship programs across the country. View current salary levels​.

Your ERAS application must include the following minimum requirements
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 transcripts

Application materials should be submitted in ERAS:

Adam Finney
Education Coordinator, Child Neurology
13123 E. 16th Ave., B155
Aurora, CO 80045
Tel: (720) 777-2704

Kristen Park, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Children's Hospital Colorado
Child Neurology
13123 East 16th Avenue, B-155
Aurora, CO 80045
Tel: (720) 777-6895



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Diversity / Equity / Inclusion


We are committed to creating a diverse environment for students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We believe that an environment of inclusiveness and respect promotes excellence and that a setting where diversity is valued leads to the training of physicians who are prepared to practice culturally effective medicine and meet the needs of the various populations we serve. Visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage for more....

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