2021-22 Resident Education Courses

Your safety is our priority! The NREF is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for all our attendees, faculty, sponsors, NREF staff and the community.

NREF is following best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will abide by the legal mandates from the state where each course is held. Health and safety measures will be updated as planning for the 2021 courses continues.

In cooperation with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Neurosurgery Education & Research Foundation (NREF) offers free courses to provide advanced resident and fellow educational training in topic areas not always covered within neurosurgical residency.

Thanks to our valued individual donors and corporate supporters, the NREF has funded over ninety (90) courses attended by more than 2,000 residents and fellows, with thousands more viewing presentations online.

Attendance at NREF Resident Education courses is by invitation only.

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

Watch Resident Education Online

While spaces at the NREF Resident Education Courses are limited, several courses are available online, free of charge, to neurosurgical residents around the world. Each program consists of several hours of didactic lectures based on the course topic.

2021-22 Resident Education Courses

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

Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques Course for Fellows

Directors: Mandy J. Binning, MD, FAANS and Lucas Elijovich, MD

Date: TBD

Location: Memphis, Tenn.


Endovascular and Vascular Techniques for Residents

Directors: Andrew W. Grande, MD, FAANS and Mark D. Bain MD, FAANS

Date: TBD

Location: Memphis, Tenn.


Skull Base for Senior Residents

Directors: Carl B. Heilman, MD, FAANS and L. Madison Michael II, MD, FAANS

Date: November 11-14, 2021

Location: Memphis, Tenn.


Spinal Deformity for Residents

Directors: Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD, FAANS; and Daniel M. Sciubba, MD, FAANS

Date: April 1-3, 2022

Location: Phoenix


Senior Residents’ Course on MIS and Emerging Spinal Technologies

Directors: Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS and Juan S. Uribe, MD, FAANS

Date: July 21-24, 2022

Location: Phoenix


Thank you so much for an outstanding course. This really was the best course I have ever attended and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

Michael Safaee, MD, 2018 attendee, Senior Residents Course on MIS and Emerging Spinal Technologies

For More Information

Course Support: If your company is interested in supporting a course or needs additional information about NREF Resident/Fellow Educational programs, please contact NREF info@nref.org or 847.378.0500.

Faculty: If you are interested in serving as faculty or need more information, contact the AANS Education Department at 847.378.0500 or epm@nref.org.

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