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International Traveling Fellows Program

Deadline to join the host list is April 24th


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

Not every host is guaranteed a traveling fellow each year.  If a fellow selects your facility from the host list, the ASSH Central Office will confirm the assignment.  Once your fellow(s) are confirmed, it is the responsibility of your facility to coordinate the visit.

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.

How to Become a Host

To become a traveling fellow host, please make sure you are not already on our host list. If you are not on this list and are interested in becoming a host, please send the following information to Haley Licata at

  1. Your name, facility, and city/state
  2. Dates you are available to host within two weeks before and after Annual Meeting (2014 Annual Meeting is week of September 15)
  3. Number of fellows you can host at one time
  4. Contact person for scheduling visits (name and email)
  5. Preferences (if any) of fellow's home country, language skills, specialty, etc.

2015 Traveling Fellow Timeline

April 24
Deadline to join the host list 
​May 22
Traveling fellows' deadline to select hosts
​May 25
Potential hosts contacted
​June 22
Facility visits confirmed
Facility visits take place
Please email Haley ( with questions about this program.
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