Resident Courses

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) encourages its members to take an active interest in their continuing education. As the philanthropic arm of the AANS, the Neurosurgical Education & Research Foundation (NREF) is dedicated to providing extraordinary educational opportunities to neurosurgeons at all stages of their careers, to stimulate learning and enhance their careers.

Resident Education Courses


Advanced resident educational training is offered by the NREF in cooperation with the AANS. These free courses – made possible by valued individual and corporate supporters – provide residents and fellows specialized training in topic areas not always covered within neurosurgical residency.

Course participants are nominated by their institutions. Since 2006, over 2,000 residents have attended a Resident Education Course, and thousands more have viewed the presentations online. In 2019, the NREF sponsored five (5) advanced educational training courses for neurosurgical residents and fellows.

Course topics have included:

  • Endovascular
  • Exit Strategies
  • MIS and Emerging Spinal Technologies
  • Open Vascular
  • Pediatric Resident Review
  • Peripheral Nerve
  • Science of Practice
  • Skull Base
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Stereotactic and Functional
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

In FY19, the NREF hosted the following courses:

Senior Residents’ Course on MIS & Emerging Spinal Technologies

Course Directors: Praveen Mummaneni, MD, FAANS and Jack Knightly, MD, FAANS

Dates / Location: Aug. 23-25, 2018 / BNI Lab, Phoenix

Industry Supporters: Globus Medical, Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies, Medtronic, Stryker, NuVasive, Bioventus Surgical, Titan Spine, Orthofix, Misonix, Synaptive, SI-Bone, Innovasis, Brainlab, Siemens, Olympus and Amedica

Skull Base for Senior Residents

Course Director: Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS

Dates / Location: Sept. 13-16, 2018 / MERI Lab, Memphis, Tenn.

Industry Supporters: Leica Microsystems, ZEISS, Medtronic, Armamentarium, Aesculap, Zimmer Biomet, DePuy Synthes, Olympus, Integra, Synaptive, Stryker, Karl Storz, and Methodist University Hospital

Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques Course for Fellows

Course Directors: Adam Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS and Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS

Dates / Location: Sept. 21-23, 2018 / MERI Lab, Memphis, Tenn.

Industry Supporters: Medtronic, MicroVention, Stryker, Penumbra, Siemens, and Cerenovus

Endovascular & Vascular Techniques Course for Senior Residents

Course Directors: Adam Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS, Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FAANS and Michael T. Lawton, MD, FAANS

Dates / Location: Oct. 11-14, 2018 / MERI Lab, Memphis, Tenn.

Industry Supporters: MicroVention, Medtronic, Stryker, Penumbra, Leica Microsystems, Cerenovus, ZEISS, Aesculap, Siemens, Mizuho, Peter Lazic, and Zimmer Biomet

Spinal Deformity for Residents

Course Directors: Justin Smith, MD, PhD, FAANS and Daniel Sciubba, MD, FAANS

Dates / Location: Feb. 22-24, 2019 / BNI Lab, Phoenix

Industry Supporters: DePuy Synthes, Globus Medical, K2M, and Zimmer Biomet

The NREF would like to thank the industry supporters, course directors and faculty for another successful year of resident education.

Online Courses


While spaces at the AANS/NREF Resident Education Courses are invitation-only, several courses are 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.

Course topics include:

  • Endovascular/Vascular Course
  • Exit Strategies for Senior Residents
  • MIS & Emerging Spinal Technologies
  • Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques
  • Science of Neurosurgical Practice
  • Skull Base Techniques
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery