AFSH HVO Young Surgeons Overseas

As part of the AFSH outreach efforts, the Foundation supports up to three individuals to participate in a 2-4 week volunteer fellowship at a Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) project site.

Participants are exposed to a wide range of surgical pathologies not commonly seen in the United States. Surgeons in this program learn to communicate more effectively with people from different cultures and are exposed to the realities and constraints of delivering health care in a resource-scarce environment. The participants are challenged to be flexible, to adapt to different circumstances and to hone their decision making skills. Their overseas assignments afford the surgeons a chance to utilize their expertise in the field by improving the quality of hand surgery in their country of assignment. 


The Young Surgeon Overseas Program is open to: R3, R4, R5, Fellows, and Surgeons within 3 years of completing their fellowship.  Applicants must not have been in practice for more than five years.  Note: Residents and Fellows applying for this fellowship will be paired with a lead, established surgeon. 

Mission Locations

HVO will work directly with the chosen fellows to find mission dates and locations that work for each individual participant. Previous participants have visited locations such as Ghana, Nicaragua, China, Peru and more.