AANS Medical Student Chapters

Benefits of founding or joining an AANS Medical Student Chapter

  • Exclusive Access: Chapter members gain privileged access to AANS opportunities and events, including Medical Student memberships, enriching their professional journey.
  • Networking Support: Receive guidance in forging valuable connections with local AANS members, enhancing your professional network.
  • Early Mentorship Opportunities: Engage early in the AANS Mentorship program, with special invitations to mentorship sessions and social gatherings at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Comprehensive Neurosurgical Resources: Access a wealth of AANS-sponsored materials about neurosurgery careers, residency programs, research opportunities, and prestigious awards.
  • Grant Opportunities: Gain eligibility to receive grants specifically designed to fund educational programs, supporting your academic and professional growth.

Download Chapter Rules and Regulations

Starting a New Chapter

View Instructions for Applying

View Application for Starting a New Chapter

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is my school eligible to form an AANS Medical Student Chapter if it does not have a neurosurgery department?

Yes. Your school does not need a neurosurgery department to have an AANS Medical Student Chapter.

Can osteopathic medical students form an AANS Medical Student Chapter?

Yes. Osteopathic medical students can form AANS Medical Student Chapters.

What is the difference between a chapter proposal and a chapter charter?

A chapter proposal is a brief description (one or two paragraphs) of your organization. There are three questions listed in Section IV of the application that should be answered in the proposal. The Chapter Charter is the Rules and Regulations.

What are the yearly chapter dues?

The chapter dues depend on the number of medical students in your chapter. The Chapter Sponsor will receive the dues invoice.

How do I know if the chapter application is complete?

An AANS staff member will review the chapter application and may request additional information. When it is complete, an email will be sent to your Sponsor, Chapter President, and Chapter Secretary to advise you that the application will be submitted for review and approval by the AANS Board of Directors

How long does the approval process take?

The full process generally takes four to eight weeks.