The Association of Future African Neurosurgeons (AFAN) is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization, consisting of students, early-career physicians, neurosurgical residents, neurosurgeons, neuro-anaesthetists, neurologists, neuroanatomists and neuro-pathologists from all over the world, particularly from Africa. AFAN is an interest group that provides mentorship, education, advocacy, and research in neurosurgery and related fields.
The lack of an African organisation geared towards mentoring aspiring neurosurgeons motivated the creation of AFAN. AFAN aims to empower medical students and general practitioners so they can fulfil their dreams..
AFAN wishes to become the largest community of aspiring African neurosurgeons and to capacitate all its members with the necessary skills and resources to become successful African neurosurgeons.
To foster networking, mentorship, education, and capacity building among aspiring African neurosurgeons. We wish to level the playing field for all aspiring African neurosurgeons by sharing information and opportunities.
Mentorship is provided by the senior members (experienced medical students, medical doctors, neurosurgical residents, neurosurgeons and eminent professors in neurosurgery and related specialities) to proactive students, general practitioners and residents...
Weekly webinars are organized every Saturday at 5 PM GMT on Zoom which is an application set up for virtual video, audio conferencing and others. Presentations are done by any volunteer neurosurgeon, neurosurgical residents, general practitioners or medical students...
We strengthen or provide members with skills in research and promote research in various domains in neurosurgery and related specialities. Assistance is provided in the publication of members’ articles in decent journals around the world...
We sensitize medical students, general practitioners from Africa on a career in neurosurgery and related specialities, we then arm them with materials and provide opportunities as well as networking needed to attain their dream of becoming neurosurgical residents...
This provides enrollees with foundational research skills in all aspects of the research cycle: from study design to post-publication communication. Didactic courses follow practical exercises during which trainee fellows have to contribute significantly to a study...
We offer the guidance needed for success in public expression passing through writing outstanding resumes to impress recruiters during interviews...
The Association of Future African Neurosurgeons (AFAN) is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization, consisting of students, early-career physicians, neurosurgical residents, neurosurgeons, neuro-anaesthetists, neurologists, neuroanatomists and neuro-pathologists from all over the world, particularly from Africa. AFAN is an interest group that provides mentorship, education, advocacy, and research in neurosurgery and related fields
When I look at the human brain I'm still in awe of it.
Dr Benjamin CarsonEmeritus Professor
"AFAN seeks to increase awareness and interest in the neurosciences among African health students and young practitioners. The Association has done this through four pillars: research, education, networking, and entrepreneurship. In this regards, we conceive AFAN as an incubator for the neurosciences in Africa."
Dr Ulrick K. SydneyAFAN Board Chairman & Founding President
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Dr Dawin SichimbaFormer AFAN President
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Dr Ulrick SidneyChairperson, AFAN Board of Trustees
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Dr Ulrick SydneyChairperson, AFAN Board of Trustees