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American-British-Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship


The AOA-ABC Fellows travel in odd years for five weeks, touring orthopaedic centers
in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

APPLY NOW - Please download & read application instructions before applying 

Eligibility Information

Applicants must be: 

  • less than 45 years of age by December 31st the year prior to travel.
  • 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.

  • certified by the ABOS (written and oral examinations) at the time of application.

  • able to travel to the AOA Annual Meeting in the year prior to travel for finalist interviews. The finalist interviews will take place in Seattle, WA on June 22, 2016.

  • able to make the tour dates. Tours are approximately five (5) weeks, and travel to (A) the United Kingdom and South Africa or (B) the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The 2017 tour will travel through the United Kingdom and South Africa.

  • able to attend the AOA Annual Meeting the year of the tour.

About Applying

  • The AOA is now accepting applications for the 2017 ABC Traveling Fellowship
  • The application deadline is January 31, 2016
  • Please be sure to download the application instructions before completing your online application.
  • Apply Now

Information for British Fellows
Information for Canadian Fellows

Networking Events

  • ABC Fellowship Dinner receptions take place in odd years at AOA Annual Meetings
  • AOA Traveling Fellowship alumni receptions take place annually during the AOA and AAOS Annual Meetings

Questions? Please e-mail

Congratulations to the  2015 American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellows

Robert H. Brophy, MD
Washington University Orthopedics
Chesterfield, MO

Rajiv Gandhi, MD, MSc
Toronto Western Hospital
Toronto, ON  

Sanjeev Kakar, MD, MRCS
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Hue H. Luu, MD
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

U. K. Kishore Mulpuri, MBBS, MS, MHSc
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Suken A. Shah, MD 
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE  

Thank you to the 2014 AOA-ABC  Hosts for hosting Australian, British, Canadian, and New Zealand Fellows

Emory University School of Medicine 

University of Miami                         

Vanderbilt University                

Campbell Clinic                            

Duke University Medical Center

University of Pittsburgh         

University of Pennsylvania       

Rothman Institute                          

Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center                  

Harvard/Massachusetts General 

McMaster University                  

University of Toronto                   

The next day we visited the Wrightington hospital/ Sir John Charnley's hospital - it was FANTASTIC! The Charnley museum is still a working factory where instruments were being actively made and refined. It is clear that Sir Charnley was a true scientist who did not achieve what he did by mere chance. We watched a hip replacement 'charnley style' in his original theatre. Even the hand and spine surgeons were in awe of Charnley's body of work.

2011 ABC Traveling Fellows Diary Log excerpt