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Enhance Your Neurosurgical Training with NREF

The NREF is committed to providing young neurosurgeons with access to relevant, leading-edge educational opportunities.

Free NREF courses provide advanced resident and fellow training in topic areas not always covered within neurosurgical residency.


Course Directors


Venue / City

Endovascular & Vascular Techniques Course for Senior Residents

Andrew Grande, MD, FAANS
Mark Bain, MD, FAANS

Oct. 8-10, 2021

MERI Lab, Memphis, Tenn.

Skull Base for Senior Residents

Carl Heilman, MD, FAANS
Madison Michael, MD, FAANS

Nov. 11-14, 2021

MERI Lab, Memphis, Tenn.

Spinal Deformity for Residents

Justin Smith, MD, PhD, FAANS
Dr. Daniel Sciubba, MD, FAANS

April 1-3, 2022

BNI Lab, Phoenix

Senior Residents' Course on MIS & Emerging Spinal Technologies

Praveen Mummaneni, MD, FAANS
Juan Uribe, MD, FAANS

July 21-24, 2022

BNI Lab, Phoenix

Attendance at NREF Resident Education courses is by invitation only.

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.

Space at live courses is limited, so more than 50 hours of previously-recorded didactic content from AANS/NREF Resident Education Courses is available online free of charge – for members and non-members alike.

The NREF partnered with the Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC) to provide young neurosurgeons and medical students with timely information, education and inspiration towards a career in neurosurgery. These hour-long sessions were presented via Zoom and recorded.

The AANS, the NREF and the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research joined forces to present a webinar on sports-related concussions and brain injury.

All past episodes of NREF webinars are archived on the NREF YouTube channel.