Skull Base for Senior Residents Course

The course will provide advanced training on skull base anatomy and designing midline anterior, anterolateral, lateral and posterolateral skull base, jugular foramen, and posterior cranial base approaches to senior neurosurgical residents interested in pursuing skull base as a subspecialty concentration. Complication management related to skull base approaches will be emphasized. Residents will perform hands-on dissections under the direction of a renowned faculty to learn pertinent skull base approaches as well as endoscopic transphenoidal approaches. Twenty-four senior neurosurgical residents will be nominated by program directors from the four geographical quadrants of the U.S. neurosurgical residency training programs and selected by the course director for this highly interactive course.

Online Course

A recording of the didactic portion of this course is available to view online.

Number of Attendees (2018): 20

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe skull base anatomy through comprehensive anatomical lectures
  • Differentiate the various surgical approaches to all areas of the skull base through lectures and hands-on dissection in cadaver labs
  • Discuss management of complications related to skull base approaches

Course Director

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

Faculty Members


NOTE: Agenda and Faculty Members subject to change.

Next Live Course*


Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) Lab
Memphis, Tenn.


November 11-14, 2021

Industry Partners

The NREF gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their support of the 2018 course:

  • Aesculap
  • Armamentarium
  • Integra LifeSciences Corporation
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Karl Storz
  • Leica
  • Medtronic
  • Medtronic Midas Rex
  • Olympus
  • Stryker
  • Synaptive
  • Zimmer Biomet


NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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