This novel five-part lecture series utilizes exquisite 3D cadaveric anatomy to help students and junior practitioners understand the course of each cranial nerve and their complex anatomical relationships with surrounding vessels, bone, muscle, dura, and connective tissues. Students will take a virtual journey along each cranial nerve from its origins in the brain to its cranial exit, exploring the different anatomical structures encountered along the way. By the end of the course, students should have a thorough understanding of the clinically relevant anatomy of the skull base—some of the most challenging and densely packed anatomy in the entire body—including the course of each cranial nerve; anterior, middle, and posterior cerebral circulation; meningeal architecture; and boney landmarks.

Course Objectives
To provide students with an in-depth three-dimensional understanding of the anatomy of and anatomical relationships between the complex intracranial neurovasculature, including the intracranial courses of all cranial nerves and their respective vascular, soft tissue, and bony relationships.

Target Audience
This is an advanced course designed to help prepare medical students pursuing postgraduate training in neurosurgery, otolaryngology, radiology, or neurology.

Lectures will take place on the below Monday’s at 6:00 PM in the Weill Cornell Neurosurgical Innovations and Training Center at 1300 York Avenue.

Week 1:
The Anterior and Middle Cranial Fossae and the Cavernous Sinus (CN I–VI)

Week 2:
Anterior Cranial Circulation

Week 3:
The Temporal Bone and Cerebellopontine Angle (CN VII-VIII)

Week 4:
The Posterior Cranial Fossa and Posterior Cranial Circulation (CN IX-XII)

Week 5:
The Craniocervical Junction, Lateral Cervical Region, and the Ventricular System

If you are not a Weill Cornell student, please meet at the 1300 York Avenue lobby 10 mins prior to the scheduled start time. Weill Cornell students can proceed directly to the NITC (C-805).

Feel free to contact Dr. Alexander Evins by e-mail at

Registration Fee
Free for Medical Students!

Online Registration
Registration is limited to 12 students. We ask that all registrants commit to attending all 5 lectures. If you are unable to attend or if registration is full, this course will return in the spring.

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