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Further Your Neurosurgical Knowledge with the NREF

The NREF is dedicated to providing education to neurosurgeons at all stages of their careers through a variety of programs, including:

Resident Education CoursesThese free NREF courses, offered in cooperation with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), provide advanced training in topic areas not always covered within neurosurgical residency.

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

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

2020-21 NREF Course Calendar

Senior Residents' Course on MIS & Emerging Spinal Technologies

July 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

Contact the NREF at for more information.

Neurosurgery Podcast With insights into the joys and pains of life as a neurosurgeon, this podcast, hosted by Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS of the University of Miami, is the world’s first look behind the scenes of medicine’s most intriguing and exciting specialty.