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 your portal to some of the best web resources.

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Resident Benefits

Apply for a Free AANS Resident Membership

Neurosurgical residents and fellows in North America enjoy free membership to the AANS, with no annual dues or application fees. Benefits include:

  • Online educational sessions offering CME
  • Online subscriptions to official journals of the AANS from the Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group
  • Free job search and discounted job postings in the AANS Online Career Center
  • And more

View the full list of Resident Member Benefits

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Visit the Resident Member Hub

Stay ahead in your neurosurgical journey. Access the Resident Hub for valuable resources.

Grants and Fellowships

Stay up to date with opportunities for members to access funding and support for research, education, and career development in the field of neurosurgery.

Applications due soon! Donald O. Quest Awards

For Residents, Fellows and Medical Students

Named in honor of former AANS President Donald O. Quest, MD, FAANS, for his commitment to mentoring young neurosurgeons, this award is available to residents, fellows and medical students.

During the Young Neurosurgeon Research Forum, hosted each year during the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, a panel of neurosurgeons evaluate abstract presentations based on content and presentation style.

At the conclusion of the forum, Donald O. Quest Awards with prizes of $500 are presented in the following categories:

  • Best basic science abstract from a resident or fellow.
  • Best basic science abstract from a medical student
  • Best clinical abstract from a resident or fellow.
  • Best clinical abstract from a medical student

NREF Research Grants for Residents

For Residents

Open to residents only, NREF Research Grants (one year and up to $40,000) provide training for neurosurgeons who are preparing for academic careers as clinician investigators.

William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship for Senior Residents

For Senior Residents

The fellowship provides up to $120,000 for travel to a foreign country to a senior resident intending to pursue an academic career in neurosurgery.

The Rhoton Collection®

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

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.