Residents: Further Your Neurosurgical Knowledge with AANS/NREF

The NREF is dedicated to providing education to neurosurgeons, stimulating learning and enhancing continuing educational opportunities throughout their careers.

International Course Exchange: The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the NREF have partnered with the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) on a resident course exchange.

Since 1970, the European Training Courses sponsored by EANS have provided neurosurgical education to residents through four-day courses that cover key topics.

The NREF congratulates the AANS residents selected to attend an EANS Training Course this year:

EANS Training Course: Tumor (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina):
Abdullah H. Feroze, MD, Harborview Medical Center
Angela Richardson, MD, Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami

EANS Training Course: Vascular (Lake Geneva-Evian, France):
Victoria Ann Schunemann, MD, Ohio State University Hospital
Daniel A. Tonetti, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

EANS Training Course: Spine (Iasi, Romania):
Nitin Agarwal, MD, University of Pittsburgh Physicians
Timothy Wang, MD, Duke University

North American Resident/Fellow Courses: In cooperation with the AANS, the NREF offers free Resident Education Courses to provide advanced training in topic areas not always covered within neurosurgical residency.

Over 2,000 residents and fellows have attended an NREF course, with thousands more viewing presentations online. Spaces are limited at the live courses, so several are available online, free of charge, to neurosurgical residents around the world.

Senior Residents' Course on MIS & Emerging Spinal Technologies Jul. 16-18, 2020 BNI Lab Phoenix
Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques Course for Fellows Sept. 25-27, 2020 MERI Lab Memphis, Tenn.
Endovascular & Vascular Techniques Course for Senior Residents Oct. 9-11, 2020 MERI Lab Memphis, Tenn.
Skull Base for Senior Residents Nov. 12-15, 2020 MERI Lab Memphis, Tenn.
AANS/ASTRO Stereotactic Radiosurgery Course for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology Residents Feb. 5-7, 2021 University of Colorado Denver
Spinal Deformity for Residents Feb. 19-21, 2021 BNI Lab Phoenix

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

Contact NREF at for more information on resident education programs.

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