American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship

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

  • Tour A: United Kingdom and South Africa
  • Tour B: United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand

2017 ABC Traveling Fellows

Congratulations to the  2017 American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellows

AOA Fellows  
Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD – UCLA; Santa Monica, CA
Jonathan P. Braman, MD - University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, MN
Brett A. Freedman, MD - Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education; Rochester, MN
Joseph R. Hsu, MD - Carolinas Medical Center; Charlotte, NC
Eric J. Strauss, MD - NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases; New York, NY
View their bios

COA Fellows 
Wade Gofton, BScH, MEd, MD, FRCS(C) - The Ottawa Hospital; Ottawa, Ontario
David M. Sheps, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCSC - University of Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Less than 45 years of age by December 31st the year prior to travel
  • 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
  • Able to attend the AOA Annual Meeting the year of the tour

About Applying:​

The 2017 ABC applications closed on January 31, 2016. Applications for the 2019 ABC tour will open in summer, 2018. Learn more about the ABC tour through the experiences of past ABC fellows. Visit the AOA Traveling Fellowships Blog

Information for British Fellows

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

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


Please e-mail

View list of ABC alumni

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