The American-British-Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship is a symbol of the past and an amazing opportunity for the future. Since 1948, a vibrant exchange of knowledge has taken place among orthopaedic surgeons from the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. and extending to South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand over the years. We are excited and honored to present the experiences of the 2015 ABC Traveling Fellows.
The 2015 ABC Fellows included 5 orthopaedic surgeons from the United States (Dr. Robert H. Brophy, Dr. Sanjeev Kakar, Dr. Hue H. Luu, Dr. Alpesh A. Patel, and Dr. Suken A. Shah) and 2 orthopaedic surgeons from Canada (Dr. Rajiv Gandhi and Dr. Kishore Mulpuri). Our subspecialties include pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, hand surgery, arthroplasty, musculoskeletal oncology, and spine surgery, and our research interests run the spectrum from the intricacies of inflammation to “big data” in clinical research.
The tour lasted 5 weeks, beginning in London, England, and ending in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite differences in health-care systems, we all share the common goal of providing timely access to high-quality, value-based care. We found these similarities as well as in the challenges that orthopaedic surgeons face around the world. From our mentors and teachers, we learned skills of effective leadership and change management. Most of all, we were humbled by the hospitality and kindness shown to us and by the openness with which very deep and constructive conversations were held; these form the foundation of career-long relationships, collaborations, and friendships that define the ABC Traveling Fellowship.
Our journey began in London. We were hosted by the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) as well as The Bone & Joint Journal (BJJ, formerly The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, British Volume). Upon our arrival, we were greeted by BOA Honorary Secretary Dr. David Limb as well as …
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