Resident, Fellow and Medical Student Activities

The 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting offers a wealth of opportunities for residents, fellows and medical students.

Neurosurgery is a close-knit community and attending the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting allows future neurosurgeons to build connections with colleagues from across the country and around the world. Resident, fellow and medical student attendees are exposed to different viewpoints and opportunities at a time when it can make the greatest impact in their careers.

Meeting Benefits for Residents, Fellows and Medical Students Include:

  • Discounted registration fees;
  • Discounted Practical Clinics and Breakfast Seminars;
  • Participation in the Marshal Volunteer Program;
  • Access to the Young Neurosurgeon Research Forum With the Osler Lecture;
  • Participation in the Neurosurgical Top Gun Competition; and
  • Admission to the Young Neurosurgeons Luncheon.

14th Annual Neurosurgical Top Gun Competition

April 14-16, 2019 | AANS Exhibit Hall and Learning Center

The AANS Neurosurgical Top Gun Competition is a great way to network with other medical students, residents and fellows from around the world.

Enter the competition as a member of a residency team or as an individual. Each participant may compete at several surgical stations and is scored on his or her performance. Demonstrate neurosurgical technique on these state-of-the-art surgical simulators.

AANS Marshal Program

The Marshal Program provides valuable volunteer experience and allows one resident, fellow or medical student access to attend each Practical Clinic, Sunrise Session and Breakfast Seminar at no cost.

In addition to attending a free session, volunteers receive networking opportunities with senior AANS members and are introduced to serving the community of organized neurosurgery.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Answering questions related to the AANS 360 App throughout the meeting;
  • Marshaling the Practical Clinic, Sunrise Session and Breakfast Seminar you attend (instructions will be provided);
  • Assisting in-session operation during Practical Clinic, Sunrise Session and Breakfast Seminar as directed; and
  • Helping with the AANS Annual Business Meeting.

Contact the AANS Meetings Department at if you are interested in becoming a volunteer. Priority is given to medical students and residents, especially those who have marshaled in the past. Early in 2019, you will receive a form to complete and submit that indicates session preferences.

Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum

The Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum allows medical students, residents and fellows a platform to present scientific abstracts to both peers and a panel of judges.

The top-rated abstract presentations in four categories receive Donald O. Quest Science Awards.