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 2022 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.

2023 Resident Education Course Calendar

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

Dates: September 15-17, 2023

Location: Memphis, TN


Endovascular and Vascular
Techniques for Residents

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

Dates: September 28-30, 2023

Location: Memphis, TN


Spinal Deformity for Residents

Directors: Tyler R. Koski, MD, FAANS and
Daniel M. Sciubba, MD, FAANS

Dates: April 28-30, 2023

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Spine Fundamentals Cadaver Course for Residents and Fellows

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

Dates: July 14-16, 2023

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Senior Resident Skull Base
Dissection Course

Directors: Carl B. Heilman, MD, FAANS; L. Madison Michael, II, MD, FAANS; and Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FAANS, FACS

Dates: October 27-29, 2023

Location: Memphis, TN


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

If you are interested in supporting a course, serving as faculty or need more information about NREF Resident/Fellow Educational programs, please contact NREF at 847.378.0500 or via email at

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