Education & Meetings
Education and Meetings

The AANS was the first national medical association to embrace the all-digital annual meeting, and continues to answer neurosurgeons’ call for online educational content. Read below to learn about the wealth of online educational courses, collections and resources available to members.

First International Brain Mapping Course

On April 28-29, 2016, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in collaboration with Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) held the First International Brain Mapping Course.

An international faculty from major brain mapping centers in Europe, North American and Asia, presented advances, advantages and practical issues in contemporary pre-operative and intra-operative brain mapping applications in brain tumor and functional neurosurgery.

Online recordings from this course are now available for purchase.

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Current Applications and Advances in Fluorescence-guided Surgery

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) with support from Leica Microsystems presents this free webinar entitled, “Current Applications and Advances in Fluorescence-guided Surgery,” led by Costas G. Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD, FAANS.

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The Rhoton Collection®


All AANS Members now have free access to an online repository of Dr. Albert Rhoton, Jr.'s legendary teaching materials illustrating neuroanatomy. The Rhoton Collection® website is an interactive site providing Dr. Rhoton's favorite lecture slides, video lectures and an interactive atlas — all in 2D and 3D formats. It is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Rhoton, funding from the AANS and Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF), and years of work by hundreds of volunteers.

You are free to use the images for noncommercial/academic purposes, provided you credit them as The Rhoton Collection®. Access The Rhoton Collection® online at

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Online CME Courses CME Icon

AANS members receive free CME by participating in these short online activities – ideal for making productive use of limited time. Each Online CME Course features audio synchronized to the presenter’s slides/visual presentation. Available 24/7, these online presentations debate strategies and discuss the latest expert opinions. Check back frequently for new topics and presentations.

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Get Convenient Audio Research Summaries from Leading Medical Journals CME Icon

Practical Reviews in Neurosurgery is a comprehensive review of the leading medical journals in your specialty from your physician peers. Each monthly issue contains articles with expert audio and text summaries, along with reviews and quizzes to enhance your learning experience. Get instant access to succinct clinical information when and where you need it via the convenient mobile app. Subscriptions available online and in print. Subscribe today and start applying these findings in your own practice.

Earn up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ each year.

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AANS Operative Grand Rounds

Operative Grand Rounds

Members have access to this exciting series of archived neurosurgical videos which provide an informative, educational forum of operative procedures, with an emphasis on improving surgical safety, minimizing surgical complications and improving patient outcomes. Experts in the specialty present cutting-edge techniques and evidence-based data to serve as a reliable source of information on a variety of neurosurgical procedures.

Via the AANS Operative Grand Rounds website, any videos can be downloaded to your personal computer.

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AANS on YouTube


The AANS channel at is a central location for nearly 200 neurosurgical videos. Members can view 2D and 3D presentations from The Rhoton Collection®, AANS/SNS online sessions, Neurosurgical Focus videos on YouTube and more. The Neurosurgical Focus playlist currently contains more than 80 instructive, clinical videos and 12 hours of footage, with a new video published to subscribers each week.

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AANS/NREF Resident Education Courses


To provide an enduring educational resource for neurosurgical residents and fellows, the AANS and the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) present a series of online courses. Each course constitutes a playlist of several lectures focused on a topic area. Available courses include Spinal Deformity for Residents, Skull Base Techniques for Senior Residents, and Science of Neurosurgical Practice. Visit the NREF YouTube channel to view this growing library of educational courses.

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Neurosurgical Focus CME Icon

Free to the public online since 1996, Neurosurgical Focus covers a different topic in depth each month.  Enhanced by color images and video clips, each peer-reviewed issue constitutes a state-of-the-art "textbook chapter" in the field of neurosurgery. AANS members are eligible to earn up to 36 CME credits annually through Neurosurgical Focus. Examples of the myriad topics addressed to date include treatment of spasticity, the neurosurgeon in sports medicine, neuroendoscopy and the history of brain tumor surgery.

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Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS) Mobile App

JNS Mobile App

The Journal of Neurosurgery app allows complete access to full-text articles for members with individual or institutional subscriptions. The app, designed to optimize reading and browsing on any device, allows you to read articles, view high-resolution images and video, access news feeds, bookmark articles, search journal content, receive instant alerts on the latest content, and read and share content on social media networks.

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AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Recordings

AANS Annual Scientific Meeting RecordingsExperience the AANS Annual Scientific Meetings with 24/7 on-demand access to hundreds of scientific, section and plenary sessions. The full video collection contains recorded sessions from the AANS Annual Scientific Meetings and spans a variety of interests and subspecialties. Meeting attendees receive free access to the videos, and AANS members who did not attend are able to purchase access to these cutting-edge scientific recordings at a reduced rate.

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ICD-10 Preparation Webinars

In coordination with the Neurosurgery Executives’ Resource Value and Education Society (NERVES), AANS presents two webinars on preparing for ICD-10 implementation.

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5-ALA in Fluorescence Webinar

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) with support from Leica Microsystems presents this free webinar entitled, "What is the Surgical Benefit of Utilizing 5-Aminolevulinic Acid (5-ALA) for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery of Brain Tumors?," led by Costas G. Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD, FAANS.

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Coding-Related Webinars

We understand that PQRS and Meaningful Use will impact physicians’ practices. As these programs transform, they will reduce Medicare reimbursement for non-compliance. To answer those concerns, AANS and KZA have developed a series of webinars covering these topics.

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AANS Course Proposals

The AANS encourages the submission of new ideas for courses and educational resources. These submissions help the AANS Education and Practice Management Committee develop courses that meet the needs of those involved in the field of neurosurgery.

Allowing a lead time of at least six months helps provide adequate time for planning and coordination. If you require additional information, please contact the AANS Department of Education and Meetings at

Please follow the link below to log into MyAANS, and choose “Create New Submittal” to propose an educational idea for a new course, new materials or even a new session at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

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