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Medical Student Resources

The AANS encourages medical students taking an interest in neurosurgery to learn about this field of study. Find out what kinds of cases you will be seeing, what is covered in a neurosurgeon's training and what a neurosurgeon's life is like. Use this site as your first stop in learning about neurosurgery and as resource for planning your career.

If you are a student who has “matched” or otherwise been accepted into neurosurgical residency, please log in through and select “Create a new application.” From the drop-down box, select “Medical Student – Match” and follow the simple instructions.


Find out if there is a medical student chapter available at your school, or learn how to start a new chapter.

Get free online access to the Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS)¸ discounted registration to the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and more.

Looking to match in neurosurgery? Check this essential resource first.


Study in a lab under an AANS mentor, or receive a grant and pursue a research topic. Many opportunities are available through the AANS and Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF).

Find opportunities to become more involved in the AANS, NREF, NeuroPoint and AANS/CNS Sections.


Explore these online reference collections on neuroanatomy and neurosurgical procedures.

View this TEDx talk presention by neurosurgeon Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, FAANS, on what it takes to join the specialty.


All AANS members now have free access to an online repository of the legendary neuroanatomical illustrations of Albert L. Rhoton Jr., MD, FAANS(L). The Rhoton Collection® website is an interactive site providing Dr. Rhoton's favorite lecture slides, video presentation and an interactive atlas — all in 2-D and 3-D formats.


The Neurosurgical Atlas documents and shares innovative neurosurgical techniques that improve patient safety and surgical outcome. Browse volumes, Grand Rounds presentations and operative video cases.