For Residents

Residents enjoy many perks at the 2014 CNS Annual Meeting, from complimentary housing and discounted tickets to Luncheon Seminars, to the opportunity to network with peers, leaders and corporate contacts during the CNS Resident SANS Challenge, Resident Recruitment Social and the many outstanding educational courses available. Gain the skills and techniques you need that will enhance your learning and ultimately improve patient care!

CNS Resident Membership

ACGME Residents - You are automatically a member of the CNS and your membership is provided complimentary. As a Resident Member, you are eligible for CNS Resident Housing during the 2014 CNS Annual Meeting.

Canadian/Mexican Residents - If you are not yet a Resident Member of the CNS, you are missing out on valuable educational resources, including complimentary online access to Neurosurgery® and Annual Meeting discounts. Submit your completed membership application by June 30, 2014 to be eligible for CNS Resident Housing during the CNS Annual Meeting.

CNS Resident Members Enjoy the Following Benefits at the Annual Meeting:


PC19: Simulation Based Neurosurgical Training

Sunday, October 19
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Course Description
This course utilizes simulation based training techniques to educate neurosurgical residents in skills necessary to manage patients with traumatic brain injury, spine trauma and deformity, cerebrovascular disorders and skull based tumors. The course incorporates both didactic and hands-on training using state-of-the-art simulators, including virtual reality based and physical models. Participants can expect one-on-one training with faculty experts in the subspecialty modules.

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PC20: So You’re Finally a Neurosurgeon…Now What?

Sunday, October 19
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Course Description
Residency and fellowship training may prepare you with the neurosurgical knowledge and technical skills, but often this training does not prepare the neurosurgeon for the challenges and modern day issues of starting a practice, navigating the ever-changing medico-economic landscape of coding and reimbursement and the medico-legal environment. This course will be of interest to the young neurosurgeon just entering practice and also the experienced neurosurgeon who wants to learn about the current issues in practice-building, coding and reimbursement and medico-legal issues.

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M01: Honored Guest Luncheon

Monday, October 20
12:30 – 2:00 PM

Learning Objective
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of leadership principles at various stages in a neurosurgeon’s career.
  • Explain the principles of developing a rewarding career as a neurosurgeon in academic or community practice.
  • Explain how to develop an effective mentor /mentee relationship in the early phase of establishing their practice.

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Tuesday, October 21
5:30 – 6:30 PM

Come build relationships at this relaxed and informal networking event.

If you are within 2-3 years of completing your residency, this event is perfect for you! Establish a network of contacts with recruiters and practicing physicians who are looking to add to their practice.


RESIDENT SANS CHALLENGE: Are you smarter than...?

Showcase your programs knowledge and skills during the 2014 Resident SANS Challenge. This year's format will be similar to the popular game show Are You Smarter Than?

Contend for:
   Bragging rights           Trophies           A cash prize for your program

1st Place Team $2,500
2nd Place Team $1,500
3rd Place Team $1,000

Qualifying Rounds start July 11 – August 1, 2014!
Take the online quiz at beginning July 11! The 12 highest-scoring training programs (nine domestic and three international) will each send their top two players to live rounds at the 2014 CNS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. (Travel expenses to the CNS Annual Meeting must be covered by program or individual.)



Sunday, October 19
1:00 – 3:00 PM


Tuesday, October 21
12:30 – 2:00 PM


Sergeant-at-Arms volunteers contribute to the overall success of the Annual Meeting by performing simple, but vital organizational tasks. By assisting the CNS you will receive complimentary admission to the Practical Course or Luncheon Seminar to which you are assigned. To become a Sergeant-at-Arms volunteer, please check the appropriate box on the registration form or download the Sergeant-at-Arms invitation.