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AANS/NREF Resident Education Courses

In cooperation with the AANS, the Neurosurgical Education & Research Foundation (NREF) offers free courses to provide advanced resident educational training in topic areas not always covered within neurosurgical residency.

Thanks to the NREF, AANS and valued corporate supporters, nearly 2,000 residents have attended a Resident Education Course, with thousands more viewing presentations online.


While spaces at the AANS/NREF Resident Education Courses are limited, several of the courses have been recorded and have been made available online, free of charge, to neurosurgical residents around the world. Each program consists of several hours of didactic lectures based on the course topic.


Residency program directors and residency coordinators are notified of these resident course opportunities approximately 16 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. For more information, please contact the NREF Education Manager at 847-378-0500 or

Course Directors Date Location
Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques Course for Fellows Dr. Mandy J. Binning and Dr. Lucas Elijovich September 17-19, 2021 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
Endovascular & Vascular Techniques Course for Senior Residents Dr. Andrew Grande and Dr. Mark Bain October 8-10, 2021 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
Skull Base for Senior Residents Dr. Carl Heilman and Dr. Madison Michael November 11-14, 2021 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
AANS/ASTRO Stereotactic Radiosurgery Course for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology Residents Dr. John H. Suh and Dr. Jason P. Sheehan TBD University of Colorado, Denver, CO
Spinal Deformity for Residents Dr. Justin Smith and Dr. Daniel Sciubba TBD BNI Lab, Phoenix, AZ
Senior Residents' Course on MIS & Emerging Spinal Technologies Dr. Praveen Mummaneni and Dr. Juan Uribe July 8-10, 2021 BNI Lab, Phoenix, AZ

Industry partners interested in additional information on participating in these courses, please contact NREF at at 847-378-0500 or


Residents and Fellows