2021-22 Resident Education Courses

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the live AANS/NREF Resident Education Courses planned through the end of 2020 have been postponed. The NREF plans to present these live courses in 2021. Until then, the Foundation remains committed to supporting neurosurgeons-in-training with online resources. Please continue to visit this page for updates.

Since its inception, the NREF has funded 88 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.

2021 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.

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

Directors: John H. Suh, MD and Jason P. Sheehan, MD, PhD, FAANS; Brian Kavanagh, MD, MPH (local host)

Date: TBD

Location: Denver, Colo.


Spinal Deformity for Residents

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

Date: February 25-27, 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: TBD

Location: Phoenix


Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques Course for Fellows

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

Date: September 17-19, 2021

Location: Memphis, Tenn.


Endovascular and Vascular Techniques for Residents

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

Date: October 8-10, 2021

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.


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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