Japanese Orthopaedic Association Traveling Fellowship

The Japanese Orthopaedic Association sponsors three-week tours. 

  • US Fellows travel during even years and visit top Japanese academic centers and historical landmarks for the JOA Traveling Fellowship.
  • Japanese Fellows are hosted by orthopaedic surgeons across the US during odd years. The tour begins or ends at the AOA Annual Meeting, depending on the year.

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Make a life-long impact on your career - Apply Now FOR THE 2018 JOA TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP 

Application Deadline: April 24, 2017.
Download the application instructions below. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • be 42 years of age or less the year prior to the tour.
  • have passed the Certifying Examination of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS certified)
  • be a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • must be qualified to practice orthopaedic surgery in the United States; must be a United States citizen OR a Permanent Resident with a full time position at a hospital/institution in the United States.
  • be available to travel to Japan the spring of 2018

Note: Former ABC and NATF Fellows are ineligible.​​



 The deadline to apply is April 24, 2017.

Hosting Information

JOA hosts are encouraged to use their creativity to plan a unique and exciting experience that will allow the visiting fellows to grow in their leadership skills, research, and career goals. Hosts may also take advantage of any unique environments that they may have either academically or historically. 

The Traveling Fellowship Taskforce 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. Hosts will be asked to:

  • Identify a key contact person at the host institution for the AOA
  • Coordinate academic, leadership and social programs 
  • Send the AOA a finalized, detailed itinerary six weeks prior to the tour
  • Meet the JOA Fellows when they arrive in the local area.  If the fellows fly in/out of the region, fellows must be transported to/from the airport to the designated hotel or meeting location
  • Provide housing, meals and ground transportation for the JOA Fellows, as well as covering the costs for these arrangements

If you are interested in hosting future JOA Fellows, please contact fellowships@aoassn.org


2016 JOA Traveling Fellows

Samuel K. Cho, MD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

Reza Firoozabadi, MD
University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Brett A. Freedman, MD
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center 

Sumon Nandi, MD
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Toledo, OH

View a list of JOA Alumni

2017 JOA Exchange Traveling Fellows Hosts

As a leadership organization, the AOA coordinates the logistics for the AOA Traveling Fellowships. Host institutions have a significant impact on the success of the fellowships and provide a compelling experience for the Fellows. Thank you to the 2017 JOA hosts. Without your support this traveling fellowship would not be possible. 

University of Texas – Houston 

Tulane University 

Vanderbilt University

The Indiana Hand To Shoulder Center

University of Cincinnati, Health Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

University Minnesota

Northwestern University

University of Illinois at Chicago
Rush University

University of Chicago