Austria-Swiss-German Traveling Fellowship 

The ASG tour promotes international travel for the exchange of medical ideas.

  • During even years, two Americans, one Canadian, and one British orthopaedic surgeons tour orthopaedic centers in Austria, Switzerland and Germany for three to four weeks.
  • During odd years, one Austrian, one Swiss and two German orthopaedic surgeons tour orthopaedic centers in North America for a three to four week period.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • ABOS certified  
  • No older than 49 years of age the year immediately preceding the tour
  • 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. 
  • Able to take the tour in the Spring of 2018
  • ABC Alumni are ineligible
Applications for the 2018 ASG tour will open in January, 2017. Learn more about the ASG tour through the experience of past ASG fellows. Visit the AOA Traveling Fellowships Blog

Hosting Information

ASG 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 ASG 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 ASG Fellows, as well as covering the costs for these arrangements

If you are interested in hosting future ASG Fellows, please contact


2016 Austria-Swiss-German Traveling Fellows

Eric W. Edmonds, MD
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

Simon C Mears, MD,PhD
University of Arkansas for Medical Services 
Little Rock, AR

Andrea N Veljkovic, MD, Bcomm, MPH
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

View a list of the ASG Alumni

2015 ASG 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 2015 ASG Hosts. Without your support, this tour would not be possible. 

University of Utah

University of Arizona

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Irvine

University of California, San Francisco

Oregon Health and Science University

The University of British Columbia

University of Washington

Children's Hospital Boston