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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 NREF Education Manager at 847-378-0500 or

Course Directors Date Location
Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques Course for Fellows Dr. Mandy J. Binning and Dr. Lucas Elijovich September 16-18, 2022 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
Endovascular & Vascular Techniques Course for Residents Dr. Andrew Grande and Dr. Mark Bain September 29-October 2-10, 2022 MERI Lab, Memphis, TN
Spinal Deformity for Residents Dr. Tyler Koski and Dr. Daniel Sciubba February 17-19, 2023 BNI Lab, Phoenix, AZ
Spine Fundamentals Cadaver Course for Residents and Fellows Dr. Praveen Mummaneni and Dr. Juan Uribe TBD BNI Lab, Phoenix, AZ
Skull Base for Senior Residents Dr. Carl Heilman, Dr. Madison Michael and Dr. Jacques Morcos TBD MERI Lab, Memphis, TN

Industry partners interested in additional information on participating in these courses, please contact NREF at at 847-378-0500 or


Residents and Fellows