International Traveling Fellows Program

The application period is now closed.

Since 2000, ASSH has worked with IFSSH-recognized hand societies to select a group of up to 20 International Traveling Fellows each year.  These fellows are given a rare opportunity to visit the U.S. facilities of our members in the weeks before and after Annual Meeting to both learn and observe.  They are also given complimentary Annual Meeting registration and are invited to attend a traveling fellow breakfast on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Traveling Fellow Eligibility & Requirements

  1. To qualify, nominees must be 45 years of age or less, and have not participated in the program previously.
  2. Max of one nomination per country may be submitted.
  3. Application must include the nominee's CV, photo and a letter of recommendation.  Group travel preferences will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.
  4. Application must be received by April 30

Facility Visits

Fellows will travel together in groups of 2-4.  This format allows the fellows to build relationships with other international surgeons, and allows the host institutions to prepare more robust educational content for the fellows. The proposed itinerary is below (subject to change). 

 Group  August 26-27, 2019 August 29-30, 2019 September 5-7, 2019 September 9-10, 2019 September 12-13, 2019
 1 (A) The Curtis National Hand Center Union Memorial Hospital (Baltimore, MD) University Orthopaedics
(Jackson, MS)
ASSH Annual Meeting 
(Las Vegas, NV)
New York University (New York, NY) Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
 2 (B) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University (St. Louis, MO)  Emory University (Atlanta, GA) Stanford University Medical Center (Stanford, CA) University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor, MI)
 3 (C) Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (Albuquerque, NM) Philadelphia Hand Center (Cherry Hill, NJ) Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
 4 (D) University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) The Hand Center of San Antonio (San Antonio, TX) The Curtis National Hand Center Union Memorial Hospital (Baltimore, MD) University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
 5 (E) OSU Hand and Upper Extremity Center
(Columbus, OH)

 University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix/CORE  Institute (Phoenix, AZ)

University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor, MI)
Rothman Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
 6 (F) Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center (Indianapolis, IN) University of Chicago Hospitals (Chicago, IL) Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) OrthoCarolina (Charlotte, NC)
7 (G)

Oklahoma Sports & Orthopedics Institute (Oklahoma City, OK)

Texas Medical Center (Houston, TX) Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)
8 (H) OrthoCarolina (Charlotte, NC) Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)   OSU Hand and Upper Extremity Center
(Columbus, OH)
Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)

Facility visits take place during the weeks before and after the Annual Meeting.  It is important to note that all hosts have absolutely no financial obligations.  The traveling fellows and their country's hand society are responsible for all food, travel and lodging.

2019 Traveling Fellow Timeline

April 30 Traveling fellows' application deadline
May/June Facility visits confirmed
August/September      Facility visits take place

Please email Danielle Roesmann at [email protected] with questions about this program or to sign up as a host facility.