Young Neurosurgeons

Residents in North America enjoy free membership to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), with no annual dues or application fees.

As a resident member, you are entitled to AANS’ vast array of benefits and specific educational programs; tailored exclusively for your neurosurgical development. Below is a listing of benefits that might be of particular interest to you.

Member Benefits

Neurosurgical Publications and Educational Courses

Online Benefits - Free to Residents

AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

The AANS Annual Scientific Meeting registration rate is reduced for neurosurgical residents in North America. Registration includes:

  • Complimentary Breakfast Seminars and Practical Clinics through the AANS Marshals Program
  • Neurosurgical Top Gun Competition — A three-day competition for residents, fellows and medical students attending the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum
  • Admission to the Donald O. Quest Award ceremony for Best Young Neurosurgeon Abstracts
  • Admission to the Osler Lecture for Medical Students

2017 Advanced Neurosurgical Resident Education/Training Courses

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF), in cooperation with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), continues to offer FREE courses to neurosurgical residents thanks to the collaborative efforts of NREF and our valued corporate supporters to provide advanced resident educational training in topic areas not always covered within neurosurgical residency.

Residency Program Directors and Residency Coordinators are notified of resident course opportunities approximately sixteen 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.

View the Online Recordings of the AANS/NREF Resident Education Courses on the NREF Website.

2017 Resident Courses:

  • Spinal Deformity for ResidentsCourse Co-Directors: Robert F. Heary, MD, FAANS; and Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD, FAANS - Baltimore, MD - Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017

  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery for ResidentsCourse Co-Directors, Jason Sheehan, MD, FAANS and John Suh, MD – University of Pittsburgh, June 9-11, 2017 (in collaboration with ASTRO)

  • Fellows Course in Endovascular Techniques – Course Co-Directors, Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS, FACS; Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS and Alex Berenstein, MD - Memphis, TN – September 14-16, 2017

  • Fundamentals in Spinal Surgery – Course Co-Directors, Jack Knightly, MD, FAANS, FACS and Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS - MITIE Lab, Houston, TX – September 21-23, 2017

  • Endovascular and Vascular Techniques for Residents - Course Co-Directors, Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FACS, FAANS, Michael T. Lawton, MD, FAANS and Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS - Memphis, TN – October 20-21, 2017

  • Skull Base for Senior Residents – Course Director, Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS– Memphis, TN, October 26-29, 2017

  • Stereotactic and Functional Hands-on Neurosurgery Workshop – Course Director, Aviva Abosch, MD, FAANS, University of CO, Aurora, CO, November 9-12, 2017

As of 12.19.16; Course dates and locations subject to change.

For more information please contact the AANS Education Department, or Joni Shulman, at 847.378.0558 or

Companies who participate in AANS' Pinnacle Partners in Neurosurgery program are also involved with the resident courses. If you, or your company, are interested in additional information on these courses, please contact Joni L. Shulman, AANS Associate Executive Director, Education & Meetings, at or 847.378.0558.

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