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International Traveling Fellows Program

Since 2000, ASSH has worked with IFSSH-recognized hand societies to select a group of around 10 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.  In the past, our members have hosted traveling fellows from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom


Facility Visits

Starting in 2016, the fellows will travel together in two groups instead of traveling independently.  This new format will allow the fellows to build relationships with other international surgeons, and will allow host institutions to prepare more educational content for the fellows. The itinerary will be as follows:


Group 1
 Group 2
 9/19 – 9/20 Stanford University
 9/19 – 9/21 Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard University)
 9/22 – 9/23 Mayo Clinic
 9/22 – 9/23 Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City
 9/24 – 10/1 ASSH Annual Meeting
 9/24 – 10/1 ASSH Annual Meeting
 10/3 – 10/5 Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard University)
10/3 – 10/5 Mayo Clinic
 10/6 – 10/7 Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City
 10/6 – 10/7 Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois

Facility visits take place during the two weeks before Annual Meeting and the two weeks after.  Typically, fellows visit between Monday and Friday.  Each visit lasts between two and five days.  This is at the discretion of the host.  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.


2016 Traveling Fellow Timeline

​April 20
Traveling fellows' application deadline
Facility visits confirmed
​September - October
Facility visits take place
Please email Haley ( with questions about this program.
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