Resident Education Courses

Since its inception in 1980, the NREF has funded 79 Education Courses attended by more than 2,000 residents and fellows.

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 the NREF, AANS and valued corporate supporters, more than 2,000 residents have attended a Resident Education Course, with thousands more viewing presentations online.

Watch Resident Education Online

While spaces at the AANS/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.

2019-20 Resident Education Courses

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 each course, based upon specified course criteria.

Spinal Deformity for Residents

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

Date: February 22-24, 2019

Location: Phoenix


Senior Residents’ Course on MIS and Emerging Spinal Technologies

Directors: Jack Knightly, MD, FAANS; and Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS

Date: August 22-24, 2019

Location: Phoenix


Fellows Course in Endovascular Techniques

Directors: Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS; Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS; and Alex Berenstein, MD

Date: September 27-29, 2019

Location: Memphis, Tenn.


Endovascular and Vascular Techniques for Residents

Directors: Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS; Michael T. Lawton, MD, FAANS; and Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS

Date: November 8-10, 2019

Location: Memphis, Tenn.


AANS/ASTRO Stereotactic Radiosurgery Course for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology Residents

Directors: John H. Suh, MD; and Jason P. Sheehan, MD, PhD, FAANS

Date: January 10-12, 2020

Location: Denver


Skull Base for Senior Residents

Directors: Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS

Date: Pending

Location: Memphis, Tenn.


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, contact the AANS Education Department at 847.378.0500 or

Course Corporate Support

If you or your company are interested in additional information on these courses, please contact Cathy M. Powers, NREF chief development officer, at or 847.378.0540.

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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