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2015 ABC Travelling Fellowship Tour
he American-British-Canadian (ABC) Travelling Fellowship was started in 1948 by Dr. Robert I. Harris of Toronto, Canada during his year as president of the AOA. It began as an exchange of orthopaedic surgeons between the United States of America, United Kingdom, and Canada. Over the ensuing years, the fellowship expanded with the addition of South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Ever since, the fellowship has been an invaluable opportunity for building collaborations, sharing knowledge, and developing friendships across the world. In alternating years, promising young orthopaedic surgeons from Canada and the USA visit the Commonwealth countries, while in intervening years, orthopaedic surgeons from the Commonwealth countries visit North America. We were privileged to make this trip as the 2015 ABC Travelling Fellows, and are happy to present our experiences during the fellowship tour. We (Rajiv and Kishore) are grateful to the COA for giving us the opportunity to be their ambassadors on this incredible tour.
Our five-week tour from April 22, 2015 to May 23, 2015 began in the United Kingdom and subsequently took us through Australia and New Zealand. We were greeted with the kindest hospitality and friendship throughout. Our travels taught us that as a global community of orthopaedic surgeons, we share the common challenge of providing high quality, value-based care. We were inspired to continue to improve how we train and educate residents, think about important research questions, and provide the best care for our patients. United Kingdom Upon our arrival in London, we were graciously welcomed by the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) as well as The Bone and Joint Journal (BJJ). Our UK tour was meticulously organized thanks to David Limb (BOA honourary secretary), Hazel Choules, and Emma Storey.
Fellows Robert H. Brophy, MD Washington University Chesterfield, MO, USA Rajiv Gandhi MD, MSc University of Toronto Toronto, ON, Canada Sanjeev Kakar, MD, MRCS Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, USA Hue H. Luu, MD University of Chicago Chicago, IL, USA Kishore Mulpuri, MBBS, MS, MHSc University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS Northwestern University Chicago, IL, USA Suken A. Shah, MD Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA, USA
British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) lunch upon our arrival to London.
In London, we were fortunate to visit a number of prominent academic and clinical centres. Our first visit was to The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, a collaborative effort between the National Health Service and University College of London, directed by our host, ABC alumnus and current BJJ editor-in-chief, Professor Fares Haddad. Together, we engaged in healthy discussion about critical issues in academic medicine, including how to approach large amounts of data from national registries, poor quality science, and authorship for large multicentre RCTs.
COA Bulletin ACO - Winter / Hiver 2015