American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship

Tour Information

The AOA American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellows travel in the spring of odd years for four to five weeks touring orthopaedic centers.  

  • 2019 Tour: United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand
  • 2021 Tour: United Kingdom and South Africa
Learn more about the ABC tour through the experiences of past ABC fellows. Visit the AOA Traveling Fellowships Blog.

Congratulations to the 2019 ABC Traveling Fellows

  • Antonia Chen, MD - Charles A. Rockwood ABC Traveling Fellow
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Derek Kelly, MD, FAOA
    Campbell Clinic
  • Michael Lee, MD, FAOA
    University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Philipp Leucht, MD, PhD
    NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Hassan Mir, MD, MBA, FACS, FAOA
    Florida Orthopaedic Institute/University of South Florida
  • Sukhdeep Dulai, MD, MHSc (Epi), FRCSC - COA Fellow
    University of Alberta
  • Ruby Grewal, MD - COA Fellow
    University of Western Ontario

To read more about these individuals, click here.

Application Information

Applications for the 2019 ABC Traveling Fellowship are closed. Applications for the 2021 ABC Traveling Fellowship will open in late 2019. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Early to Mid-Level career practicing orthopaedists
  • 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 2021 finalist interviews will take place in Baltimore, MD June 9-13, 2020
  • Able to make the tour dates
  • Able to attend the 2021 AOA Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM

Information for British Fellows
Information for Canadian Fellows
Information for Australian Fellows
Information for New Zealand Fellows
Information for South African Fellows

Hosting Information

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

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

ABC Alumni

  • ABC Fellowship alumni dinners, in odd years at AOA Annual Meetings
  • AOA Traveling Fellowship alumni receptions, annually during the AOA and AAOS Annual Meetings

Questions?

Please e-mail fellowships@aoassn.org

View list of ABC alumni

The American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship began in 1948.

Since then, many of the AOA's past presidents have participated in this prestigious Fellowship:  

 Past President

Presidential           
Year     
 
ABC Traveling
Fellowship Year

 Harlan C. Amstutz, MD..............................  1983......................  1970
 Joseph A. Buckwalter, MD........................   2001......................  1987
 Sherman S. Coleman, MD.........................  1978......................  1959
 Paul H. Curtiss, Jr., MD............................  1982......................  1957
 Douglas R. Dirschl, MD...........................  2012......................  2001
 William F. Enneking, MD........................  1984......................  1965
 C. McCollister Evarts, MD......................  1985......................  1971
 John J. Fahey, MD....................................  1969......................  1949
 Albert B. Ferguson, Jr., MD.....................  1976......................  1955
 J. Leonard Goldner, MD.........................  1988......................  1955
 Robert E. Leach, MD.............................  1994......................  1971
 G. Dean MacEwen, MD........................  1981......................  1967
 Bernard F. Morrey, MD.........................  2003......................  1983
 Regis J. O’Keefe, MD............................  2017......................  1999
 Michael A. Simon, MD.........................  2002......................  1983
 Dan M. Spengler, MD...........................  2004......................  1981
 Marc F. Swiontkowski, MD..................  2006......................  1989
 James R. Urbaniak, MD.......................  1995......................  1973
 Andrew J. Weiland, MD......................  1999......................  1981
 Stuart L. Weinstein, MD.....................  1998......................  1985
 Frank C. Wilson, MD..........................  1987......................  1969