How are AOTrauma Fellows selected?

Selection criteria for AOTrauma Fellows

AOTrauma fellowships are very sought-after, and we receive many more applications each year than fellowships can be granted. AOTrauma’s goal for the fellowships is to identify surgeons who are dedicating the main part of their practice to orthopedic trauma care. We want to help these surgeons to deepen their understanding of fracture care and further develop their skills. In the end, we want each fellow to become a part of the worldwide AOTrauma community.

In order to obtain these goals, the following criteria need to be fulfilled by each applicant:

Selection criteria for Fellows

​Selection criteria

  • AOTrauma member
  • Basic Principles & Advanced Principles courses have to be completed before application
  • Orthopedic Trauma is main part of practice
  • Working knowledge of local language, or of English
  • < 45 years in the year of application for an AOT fellowship

Recommended

  • Employed by a teaching hospital

​Selection criteria

  • AOTrauma member
  • Basic Principles & Advanced Principles courses have to be completed before application
  • Master level, or Specialty course
  • Working knowledge of local language, or of English
  • Letter of motivation
  • One letter of recommendation
  • (no age limit)

Recommended

  • Employed by a teaching hospital
  


Who selects the fellows?

Fellows are selected in several steps, involving the National Councils and the Regional Boards of each AOTrauma region.

  1. In a first step, each application is viewed and evaluated by members of the National Council of the applicant’s home country. 
     
  2. Then the application goes to the Regional Fellowship Coordinator (RFC). AOTrauma has five regions (Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America), and in every region, the Regional Board has appointed one senior surgeon as the RFC. The RFC makes the final decision and places the fellows into host centers.
  3. In case a fellow goes to a different region, the RFC of the host region takes care of the placement.