Traveling Fellows Take Flight to Taiwan

2017 AOSSM to APKASS Traveling Fellowship
Tour recap provided by Miho J. Tanaka, MD, Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery

We arrived in Taipei on April 10th (to noticeably warmer weather) after an incredible tour in Hong Kong, wondering how we could possibly keep up the energy and excitement from the first leg of our trip. We were not disappointed!  

We met Professor Chih-hwa Chen at our hotel, who took us on a walking tour of some popular sights in Taipei, including Liberty Plaza and a famous local temple, followed by a stop at the world-famous dumpling restaurant, Din Tai Fung.

The following day, Professor Chen accompanied us on a day trip to Kaohsiung, approximately an hour and a half south of Taipei by bullet train, where the new National Sports Training Center was built. There we met Dr. Paul Chou, Sports Medicine Director, and toured the impressive facilities that included multiple sports-specific training centers with top-of-the-line equipment. We were able to observe some of the athletes in action. Coincidentally, I also ran into a former men’s gymnastics coach from my time at Stanford. The day ended with an engaging academic session on the topic of sports injuries before we returned to Taipei.

We spent the next day at Taipei Medical University, where we toured the hospital and spent the morning observing Professor Chian-Her Lee, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He performed a medial meniscal root repair, two ACL reconstructions, and one PCL (tourniquet time 18 minutes)! We had a great discussion regarding the role of osteotomy and root repairs in the setting of meniscal root pathology. We were all fascinated by the use of the peroneus longus autograft as an alternative to hamstring autograft, which led to further discussion.

We spent the afternoon engaging with presentations from the fellows and from the host about our research, followed by interesting dialogue. Aman Dhawan MD’s lecture on 3D bio printing received particular attention and resonated with our host, Professor Chih-hwa Chen’s interest in augmenting the process of tendon to bone healing. We were joined by residents and other faculty members for this discussion as well.

Our hosts were extraordinarily generous, and arranged for a cultural tour of Taipei on our last day that included a visit to the National Palace Museum and dinner at the top of Taipei 101, the tallest building in the city.  Since we all have a common interest in hiking, our hosts arranged for a hike through the volcanic mountains of Yangmingshan National Park in the afternoon, but unfortunately it was cut short by weather (and fortunately not by a volcanic eruption). The hike was replaced by a visit to the local hot springs, which was a new experience for some of us. We all came out feeling very refreshed and ready for our next stop in Shanghai!

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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