Enhance Your Neurosurgical Training with NREF

The NREF is committed to providing young neurosurgeons with access to relevant, leading-edge educational opportunities.

Live Courses

NREF offers free courses to provide advanced resident and fellow educational training in topic areas not always covered within neurosurgical residency.

Course Course Directors Dates* Venue / City
Spinal Deformity for Residents Dr. Justin Smith and Dr. Daniel Sciubba April 1-3, 2022 BNI Lab, Phoenix, AZ
AANS NREF Spine Fundamentals Cadaver Course for Residents and Fellows Dr. Praveen Mummaneni and Dr. Juan Uribe July 21-24, 2022 BNI Lab, Phoenix, AZ
Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques Course for Fellows Dr. Mandy J. Binning and Dr. Lucas Elijovich Sept. 16-18, 2022 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
Endovascular & Vascular Techniques Course for Senior Residents Dr. Andrew Grande and Dr. Mark Bain Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2022 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
Skull Base for Senior Residents Dr. Carl Heilman and Dr. Madison Michael TBD MERI Lab, Memphis, TN

NOTE: Dates, agenda and faculty members are subject to change

Attendance at NREF Resident Education courses is by invitation only.

Residency program directors and residency coordinators are notified of these resident course opportunities approximately 16 weeks in advance of each course and are asked to nominate one resident and one alternate from their program to attend, based on specified course criteria.

The course directors make the selections as to who will be invited based on the nominations.

Once selected, the NREF covers course fees, travel and hotel accommodations for the resident. At this time, nominations are accepted from residency program directors in the United States and Canada only.


Space at live courses is limited, so more than 50 hours of previously-recorded didactic content from AANS/NREF Resident Education Courses is available online free of charge – for members and non-members alike.


The NREF has partnered with the Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC) to provide young neurosurgeons and medical students with timely information, education and inspiration towards a career in neurosurgery. These hour-long sessions are presented via Zoom and recorded.


The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), NREF, and Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research (CNF) joined forces to present a webinar on sports-related concussions and brain injury.

All past episodes of NREF webinars are archived on the NREF YouTube channel.

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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