EANS Training Courses

The EANS Training Courses

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The EANS Training Committee, whose current Chair is Professor Claudius Thomé, and the Events Co-ordinator, Visi Navarro are responsible for arranging the European Training Courses in Neurosurgery. Our aim is to contribute to the improvement of neurosurgical education in Europe and beyond, in the hope that everyone from all nations is able to access consistent and standardised learning materials. The courses are designed not only to improve your neurosurgical knowledge and complement your formal training, but also to introduce you to your European peers, in the hope you will forge friendships and connections that benefit your career. You'll get to visit a range of European cities because the course location is different for each in the cycle, also meaning that travel will be convenient.

Annual 4-day courses covering the key topics of:

  • Vascular Neurosurgery
  • Tumour
  • Head Injury/Functional
  • Spine/Peripheral Nerves

    Founded in the 1970s by Professors Brihaye, Pia and Vigoroux, the courses aim to serve the needs of neurosurgical trainees in the latter half of their training in neurosurgery.

    The excellence of the courses and their scientific and social value is acknowledged throughout the neurosurgical community, and the current committee would like to acknowledge the tremendous part played by the founders, past chairmen of the Training Committee and previous Executive Administrator, Stephanie Garfield-Birkbeck, in bringing this about.

    • In order to obtain optimum benefit from the courses, we recommend that new candidates be in their third or fourth year of specialist training
    • There are 3 course cycles: Spring (180 pax), Summer (230 pax) and Winter (230 pax)
    • Once accepted for one course cycle, it is not possible to switch to another
    • Applicants who are successful are automatically admitted for the full 4 years and must attend 4 consecutive courses in their cycle
    • Any exceptions to this are at the discretion of the Chair of the Training Committee and Executive Director of the EANS
    • There are strict arrangements for maternity and paternity leave
    • Applicants must have a high level of both written and spoken English
    • All trainees must attend the course unaccompanied
    • Places on the courses are allocated once a year
    • There is a very limited number of single rooms for participants, accommodation is allocated strictly on first come-first serve basis, the majority of participants will need to stay in a twin room, sharing with another participant.

    Upcoming cycle dates, topics and venues are below. More venues and details will be added as they become available.


    CYCLE 1

  • 1 - 4 September 2019 | HEAD INJURY / FUNCTIONAL| Brno, Czech Republic

     CYCLE 2

  • 28 - 31 January 2019 | VASCULAR | Jerusalem, Israel

     CYCLE 3

  • 5 - 8 May 2019 | TUMOUR | Moscow, Russia


    Cycle 1

  • 13 - 17 September 2020 | SPINE | Iasi, Romania

    Cycle 2

  • 2-5 February 2020 | TUMOUR | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Cycle 3

  • 10-13 May 2020 | VASCULAR | Lake Geneva-Evian, France


    Applications for admission in 2021 are now open - the deadline is 30th September 2020. Your completed application form should be returned to your national delegate to the EANS Training Committee and NOT to the EANS Office.

    Download the application form Download the UK Application Form Find your national delegate

    15 places each year are available for trainees from outside EANS member countries. Successful applicants will be split between the three Cycles. The application process differs slightly for international candidates; please follow the steps below:

    1. Download and complete the application form.

    2. Prepare a 1-page CV.

    3. Send the completed application form and CV to Visi Navarro by 30 September 2020.

    EANS Individual Members: €1175 per course

    Non EANS Individual Member: €1275 per course

    Fees include tuition, subsistence during the course (from dinner on the first night to breakfast on the last morning) and 5 nights of accommodation in a twin room shared with another trainee. A very small number of single rooms are usually available for a supplement.

    You can save money on your course fees by becoming an EANS Individual Member.

    Cancellation Policy – EANS Training Courses

    Cancellation policy which is applicable unless in exceptional extenuating circumstances.

    • Cancellation up to 4 weeks before the course: Full refund except 100€ for administration fee.
    • Cancellation up to 1 week before the course: Refund of 50% of course fee.
    • Cancellation less than 1 week before the course: No refund

    Please bear in mind that you agreed to attend four consecutive courses when you were accepted as a course participant. Whilst we do accept certain situation as offering valid grounds for "skipping" a course - for example, the impending birth of a child; family bereavement etc - please be aware that we adopt a strict policy in this regard, and that if your reasons for cancellation are not deemed as extenuating circumstances you will be banned from attending any future EANS Training Courses.

    The European Exam is compulsory for all fourth-year trainees (unless they have already passed it). It is taken at the training course site the day before the start of the fourth training course, and included in the course fee.

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