AOSSM Traveling Fellows Kickoff Asia Tour

Tour recap provided by Miho J. Tanaka, MD, Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery

The AOSSM sends three traveling fellows and a godfather on a cross-continental trip to Europe, Asia or South America each year. I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Asia tour along with my colleagues Aman Dhawan MD (Penn State University) and Alan Getgood MD (University of Western Ontario), with godfather Christopher Kaeding MD (Ohio State University).

Our tour began in early April, and we just completed the first leg of our trip in Hong Kong. Professor Patrick Yung met us at the hotel when we arrived, and arranged an incredible and memorable visit for us in the days to follow.  

The first part of the trip was a whirlwind, as we fought off jet lag and fatigue from a 15-hour flight while we toured several hospitals and facilities, and gave lectures on our first full day.  At Prince of Wales Hospital, we observed a shoulder stabilization surgery in the “operating theater” and toured the impressively high-tech research (animal, tissue, biomechanics lab) and rehabilitation facilities of China University Hong Kong, run by Professor Yung. 

The Hong Kong Sports Institute was equally impressive - a massive, modern facility for the HK athletes.  

From there, we went to the Rugby 10s tournament, as the medical coverage was provided by CUHK trainers and physicians. The rugby stadium was set in a premium space against the beautiful backdrop of HK and was quite a learning experience for the group.

At Queen Elizabeth Hospital, we engaged in lively academic discussion as the fellows presented their research.

Part of the tour included a daytrip to Macau (one-hour ferry ride), where we visited Dr. Wai-sin Chan and the Sports Medicine Centre of Sports Bureau. This was followed by some sightseeing, and in the evening, Professor Yung generously arranged for tickets to a show, as Macau is known for being the “Las Vegas of the East.” This water show was one of the best we have ever seen.

We found some free time to hike the famous Dragon’s Back Trail over the weekend, named for a path that runs atop the hills. The views from the top are breathtaking.

Our hosts were once again incredibly generous and arranged for several cultural visits, including a cultural tour of Kowloon, a visit with Professor KM Chan at the famous Sha-tin Racecourse, and some of the best meals that we have ever enjoyed.  We are grateful to our hosts at CUHK for such a memorable kickoff to the trip.  

Stay tuned for updates from Taipei, our next stop on the trip!

Miho J. Tanaka, MD
Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery 
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AOSSM gratefully acknowledges DJO Global for their support of the Traveling Fellowship program.

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