International Traveling Fellows Program

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 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts, 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 27.

Apply now online at or email required materials to [email protected].

Facility Visits

Fellows will travel together in small groups.  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  September 3-4 -or-
September 4-5
  September 6-7 September 13-15  September 17-18   September 20-21  September 24-25
 A   Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY
September 3-4
University of Mississippi
(Jackson, MS)
ASSHAnnual Meeting 
(Boston, MA)
Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA)  
 B  Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, IL
September 4-5
 University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) Philadelphia Hand Center (Cherry Hill, NJ) University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor, MI)
 C   Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, IL)  Rothman Institute (Philadelphia, PA) New York University (New York, NY)
 D  Rothman Institute (Philadelphia, PA) Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY) Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) The Curtis National Hand Center (Baltimore, MD)
 E    University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) Stanford University Medical Center (Redwood City,  CA) Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC
 F   Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC  University of Florida (Gainesville, FL University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Alternate Option*

The Ohio State University
(Columbus, OH)
September 3-4

      The Ohio State University
(Columbus, OH)
Alternate Option*
      Plastic Surgery Program at Washington University
(St. Louis, MO)

*Alternate site visits are available for the days posted above.  Traveling Fellows may choose to visit an alternate site on that day instead of the scheduled group visit.

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.

2018 Traveling Fellow Timeline

April 27 Traveling fellows' application deadline
May Facility visits confirmed
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.