Chair’s Message

Putting the “E” in NREF: Education

With this issue, I would like to provide details on the programs in which the NREF has been actively involved. These programs put the “E” in NREF: Education.

By program director invitation only, the latest technical advances and procedures are taught by leading neurosurgeons around the country at NREF resident and fellows courses. Our corporate supporters have provided all the funding and equipment to train neurosurgical residents this year on the following topics:

  • Spinal Deformity for Residents
  • Senior Residents’ Course on MIS and Emerging Spinal Technologies
  • Skull Base for Senior Residents
  • Fellows Course in Endovascular Techniques
  • Endovascular and Vascular Techniques for Residents
  • The NREF offers access to online videos of past resident courses, in addition to corporate-sponsored webinars. The NREF also raises funds for the Rhoton Collection®, an online repository of Dr. Rhoton’s teaching materials in both 2-D and 3-D formats that highlight anatomical structures in an interactive atlas and videos.
  • Recently, NREF provided funding for the pre-course at the combined meetings of the International Neurotrauma Society, the AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care and the National Neurotrauma Society held in Toronto in August 2018.
  • Looking into the future, the NREF is playing a role in supporting medical student one-day neurosurgical training camps at medical institutions around the country. And, the AANS/ASTRO Stereotactic Radiosurgery Course for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology Residents is being planned for next fall.

In addition to funding education, the NREF has been funding neurosurgical research for decades — consistently supporting more research grants and young clinician investigator awards (YCI) each year. This year, 13 research grants and YCI awards received funding, plus a new Cerebrovascular Traveling Fellowship, the annual post-resident clinical fellowships and the medical student summer research fellowships. Details can be found on the newly-redesigned website. Those seeking funding should note that the application portal is currently open.

Without your support and monies from our corporate supporters, these valuable research and educational opportunities would not be possible. We are grateful for the hundreds of people who make contributions each year, those who serve as faculty for the resident courses and the nearly 100 neurosurgeons who devote their time to serve on the NREF board and committees annually.

As always, thank you.

Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, FAANS

NREF Chair

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