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 Jeff Boyle, Coordinator of Member Services and Programs, with any questions.
AOSSM gratefully acknowledges DJO for their continued support of the Traveling Fellowship program.

Become a Traveling Fellow

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022 Traveling Fellowship tour to Latin America (SLARD). The SLARD Traveling Fellowship tour is tentatively scheduled for February and March 2022. Click here to complete the application to become a 2022 Traveling Fellow.

Host a Traveling Fellow


We are currently accepting applications to host the 2022 Traveling Fellowship tours to the United States. AOSSM is hosting the Traveling Fellows from ESSKA, APKASS, and SLARD in June and July 2022.

Submit your application to host the 2022 Traveling Fellows.

If you previously applied or have questions about hosting, please contact Jeff Boyle (, Manager of Member Services and Projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do traveling fellows do?
  • What are the benefits of the Traveling Fellowship Program?

Past Participants

North American - European Exchange
North American - Latin American Exchange
North American - Asian Exchange

Past Tour Highlights

View Video from Past Tours
Read Past Tour Blog Archives

Traveling Fellows Take Flight to the Asia-Pacific

AOSSM Traveling Fellows Set-off on 2019 Tour in Japan
Traveling Fellows Continue Tour in Korea
Traveling Fellows Head South to Taiwan 
Reaching New Heights in Hong Kong
Shanghai Welcomes the Traveling Fellows
A Reflection on Enjoying the Journey