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.

2020 JOA Traveling Fellowship Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 JOA Traveling Fellowship Tour has been postponed. The Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) and AOA have agreed that both sides of the tour will be offered in 2021. The four selected AOA fellows will travel throughout Japan and the JOA fellows will travel throughout the Western United States. 

The health and safety of the Traveling Fellows and our hosts are of utmost importance. We will continue to follow the guidelines put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding our future planning and tours. 

Application Information

Applications for the 2021 JOA Traveling Fellowship will open on January 15, 2021. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Less than or equal to 8 years in practice
  • ABOS certified
  • A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 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.
  • Available to travel to Japan the spring of 2022
  • Able to attend the 2023 AOA Annual Leadership Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT

Lengthy episodes of time away from practice (>6 months) may be noted by applicants and will be reviewed and given consideration by the selection committee on a case by case basis. This includes but is not exhaustive of illness, family/medical leave, maternity/paternity leave, military deployment, etc. 

Note: Former ABC and NATF Fellows are ineligible.

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

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