Residents, take advantage of the many perks offered just for you at the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting, including limited free housing for CNS resident members, free course tickets for Sergeant-at-Arms program participants, and complimentary tickets to the Honored Guest Luncheon.

Discounted tickets to Practical Courses, Symposia, and Lunch Seminars are available to residents. Register early to be sure to get a ticket to your preferred sessions!

Make new contacts and reconnect with peers at the Resident SANS Challenge, the Resident Recruitment Social, and many outstanding educational courses for residents. Gain the knowledge and techniques you need to advance your career, enhance your learning, and improve patient care!

Resident SANS Challenge Competition

We are thrilled to invite your neurosurgical residency program to participate in the 2018 CNS SANS Challenge competition! The SANS Challenge qualifying exam is held as a team event to build camaraderie, better provide feedback, and increase participation.

Each program is allowed to submit one exam. The exam has 100 questions and your team has 35 minutes to submit as many correct answers as you can. We recommend that you use a projector and set aside one hour of conference time.

The eight programs with the top scores will participate in the live SANS Challenge at the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting, October 6–10, in Houston, Texas. The live challenge will have multiple prequalifying rounds, followed by a 45-minute final round where the top teams will compete for undisputable SANS bragging rights, trophies, and cash prizes!

Annual Meeting SANS Challenge schedule:
Sunday, October 7, 1:00–3:00 pm: CNS Resident SANS Challenge Preliminary Rounds
Tuesday, October 9, 1:45–2:45 pm: CNS Resident SANS Challenge Championship Round

Qualifying programs will be notified by June 6, 2018, to allow programs to assemble teams of two residents and one faculty member, and make travel arrangements.

The SANS Challenge exams reflect a milestones-based assessment, use peer-vetted questions, and ultimately accurately represent the high educational standards SANS has brought to neurosurgery self-assessment and education for more than a decade. 

The SANS Challenge Competition opens this spring. Check back for more details!

Resident Program Abstract Competition

The top three residency programs with the highest number of accepted abstracts will receive an award and recognition during a General Scientific Session.

All original science submissions may also qualify for various resident and subspecialty abstract awards. A full list of awards may be viewed here

Abstracts should be submitted online at, by the March 26, 2018, 11:59 pm CT deadline. We hope your program accepts the challenge and good luck!

Sergeant-at-Arms Program

Residents and Fellows, choose to participate in the Sergeant-at-Arms Program at the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas and attend your assigned course for free!

When registering for the meeting, select the courses you are interested in from the drop-down provided. You will then be contacted by a CNS staff member with your assigned course. This is first-come, first-served with only one opportunity per course. The duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms include scanning attendee badges for your selected course.

Register for the Annual Meeting and the Sergeant-At-Arms Program starting March 8!  


Complimentary housing at the CNS Annual Meeting is available to a limited number of CNS Resident members on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Resident housing opens on Monday, April 16. 

To be considered for this program, CNS Resident members must:

  • Complete and submit the Resident member housing application by July 20, 2018. Completed applications may be submitted by email:, fax: 847-240-0804, or mail: Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 10 North Martingale Rd., Suite 190, Schaumburg, IL  60173.
  • Register for the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting by July 20, 2018.
  • All residents enrolled in ACGME approved programs have been automatically given complimentary CNS Resident membership.
  • If you are not a CNS Resident member, complete your membership application by May 31, 2018.

Residents who choose to reserve a room through the CNS Annual Meeting Registration and Housing Center and are later accepted into the CNS Resident Housing Program are responsible for cancelling their original reservation.