Selection criteria

We aim to identify surgeons who dedicate the main part of their practice to orthopedic trauma care and support them to deepen their understanding of fracture care and further develop their skills.

Selection criteria for AO Trauma fellows

AOTrauma fellowships are in high demand, and we receive more applications each year than we can accommodate.

The goal of AO Trauma’s 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 AO Trauma community.

Applicants have to fulfill certain criteria:

  • AOTrauma member

  • AOTrauma Basic Principles and Advanced Principles courses

  • Orthopedic Trauma is the 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


Who selects AO Trauma fellows?

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

 
  1. First, each application is reviewed and evaluated by members of the National Council of the applicant’s country of work. 
  2. Next, the application goes to the Regional Fellowship Coordinator (RFC). In each of the five AO Trauma regions the Regional Board has appointed one senior surgeon as the RFC. The RFC makes the final decision and places the fellows with host centers.
  3. If a fellow goes to a different region for his fellowship, the RFC of the host region takes care of the placement.

Stipends

The fellowship stipends are a contribution towards costs for accommodation and meals during your fellowship and may cover only parts of these expenses. They are calculated based on price indices of each host country. A complete overview can be found here.

How an AO Trauma fellowship changes your life

“Spending an AO Trauma fellowship in one of our carefully selected host centers is a great opportunity to further develop your understanding of fracture care. You will gain insights into trauma management in a different environment that will change the way you manage fractures for the better.”

Wa’el Taha, AO Trauma Education Commission Chairperson

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