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The traveling fellowship program is an annual scientific and cultural exchange among orthopaedic sports medicine physicians in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. This program is a unique opportunity for individuals to witness orthopaedic sports medicine techniques and surgeries from around the world. Three fellows are selected to visit foreign sports medicine centers for four weeks, and are accompanied by a "Godparent", a well-known senior orthopaedic sports medicine specialist selected by the President of the national sports medicine organization sending the fellows.
Fellows from North America annually alternate travel to Europe, Asia-Pacific or Latin America. In alternate years, fellows from those regions travel to North America. Click on the links below for more information and instructions on how to apply or host a traveling fellow or contact Debbie Czech with any questions.
AOSSM gratefully acknowledges DJO Global for their continued support of the Traveling Fellowship program.
The application period for the 2013 Traveling Fellowship program is now closed. Check back next Summer to apply for the 2014 program.
The Traveling Fellowship Committee is also looking for volunteers to host next year's North American tour. For more information and to submit your host application click here. Submit all materials to Debbie Czech by November 30, 2012. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Please make sure to indicate on the form any three or four day period from June 19th – July 10th when you will be unable to host the fellows. If you are interested in hosting both groups simultaneously, please make note of that on your application.
Traveling Fellows are offered a number of exciting opportunities:
The Traveling Fellowship Program offers a rich experience with opportunities to:
The Traveling Fellowship Program serves as a vital link between the Society and its counterparts in Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. During odd-numbered years, European Fellows tour North America, while Asia-Pacific Fellows visit during even-numbered years. The tours between the Society and Latin America will take place every three years.
Individual hosts are responsible for the costs of lodging, meals, local transportation, entertainment and associated costs of the fellows. Hosts ensure that the fellows are met at the airport when they arrive and arrangements are made for taking them to the airport for departure. The typical visit blends time spent in scientific endeavors (clinics, operating rooms, lectures and labs), a tour of the host facility, social functions and recreation. Hosts are encouraged to use their creativity to plan a unique and exciting experience. For example, hosts have taken the fellows on special tours of historic sites, attended sporting events, and arranged shopping trips and outdoor activities unique to their locations.
The Traveling Fellowship Committee also encourages members to group host, with several institutions in one area sharing the hosting duties and costs, thus adding to the diversity of the tour. However, since the tour is of short duration, the Committee asks that group hosts be cognizant of the amount of travel involved and to schedule some downtime.
In order to be a host, a member should:
•Work in a facility that is conducting varied and different research in orthopaedic sports medicine.•Be willing and able to spend a significant amount of time with the fellows.•Have experience and interest in hosting international guests.•Be able to create a unique experience for the fellows.
In order to provide a varied rotation, and promote participation among North American sites, hosts may only be asked once every few years. The Committee strongly encourages facilities that have never before hosted to apply.
If you are interested in hosting the Traveling Fellows, download and complete the host application. Also, please provide a sample itinerary showing how you would blend time spent in scientific endeavors, a tour of the host facility, tours of other sports medicine and research facilities in the area, social functions, sightseeing and recreation.
Contact Debbie Czech with questions.
North American - European Exchange
North American - Latin American Exchange
North American - Asian Exchange
• Fellows are selected by their national sports medicine organization
• In North America, the Traveling Fellowship Committee selects three fellows based on a demonstrated commitment to sports medicine, excellence in research and clinical practice as manifested through presentations, publications, and team service.
• Letters of reference (both personal and professional) are also required • Applicant must be an orthopaedic surgeon currently practicing in North America, who is 45 years of age or under • Applicant must also be board certified, and an AOSSM member who has done a sports medicine fellowship. Individuals currently in a sports medicine fellowship should not apply.
Download Application in PDF Format
Download Application in Word Format
The application must be completed (and duplicated seven times). Your completed application and letters of support must be received by the Society office by October 31, 2012 for the 2013 Tours. If you have any additional questions, please contact Debbie Czech