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North America Traveling Fellowship (NATF)


The North American Traveling Fellowship (NATF) Tour is one of the AOA's flagship tours. The NATF promotes significant clinical and scientific exchange and fellowship. The tour is an intense introduction to the diverse ways that leaders address challenges facing orthopaedics today. The tour runs approximately five weeks in the fall of odd-numbered years and travels to regional orthopaedic centers in the US and Canada, rotating the region to be visited.

Eligibility Requirements

2017 NATF Applicants must have completed:

  • approved orthopaedic training (including residency and fellowships) on or after June 30, 2011
  • approved orthopaedic training on or after the June 30, 2010, if they subsequently entered into military service
  • 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.

2017 tour applicants must be able to take the tour in the fall of 2017. Exact dates will be determined. Selected candidates can work with the ABOS to comply with the Boards collection of cases if it conflicts with tour dates. 

2015 applications are closed.
The next NATF application will open in the Fall of 2016. 

Questions? Please e-mail

2015 NATF Fellows

Bashar Alolabi, MD, MSC, FRCSC

Jonathan Dickens, MD

Xinning Li, MD

Addisu Mesfin, MD

Anna N. Miller, MD 


2015 NATF Hosts

The 2015 NATF Tour will travel
through the Midwestern United
States and Canada. If you are
interested in hosting
the 2015 NATF Traveling Fellows,
please contact      



The next morning started with a quick academic session with a "full-house" of residents and faculty. We then spent the remainder of the day with faculty from our areas of specialty. We spent this time in the OR and clinics, chatting over lunch and touring a remarkable surgical skills lab, to name just a few things.

2009 NATF Traveling Fellows at University of Toronto November 5, 2009 Diary Log excerpt