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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 AANS Education Department at 847-378-0500 or

Course Directors Date Location
Senior Residents' Course on MIS & Emerging Spinal Technologies Dr. Praveen Mummaneni and Dr. Jack Knightly Aug. 15-17, 2019 BNI Lab, Phoenix, AZ
Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques Course for Fellows Dr. Adam Arthur and Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu Sept. 27-29, 2019 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
Endovascular & Vascular Techniques Course for Senior Residents Dr. Adam Arthur and Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu Nov. 8-10, 2019 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
AANS/ASTRO Stereotactic Radiosurgery Course for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology Residents Dr. John H. Suh and Dr. Jason P. Sheehan (Dr. Brian Kavanagh is the local host.) Jan. 10-12, 2020 Hyatt Regency Aurora, Denver, CO
Spinal Deformity for Residents Dr. Justin Smith and Dr. Daniel Sciubba Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2020 BNI Lab, Phoenix, AZ

Companies who participate in AANS' Pinnacle Partners in Neurosurgery program are also involved with the resident courses. If you or your company are interested in additional information on these courses, please contact


Residents and Fellows