Fall 2006

Orthopaedic Surgeons Tour U.S. and Canada

Five North American orthopaedic surgeons, including UCSF's Kevin J. Bozic, M.D., M.B.A., spent four and a half weeks touring orthopaedic surgery programs across the continent as part of the North American Traveling Fellowship (NATF) program.

"It was really informative and inspiring to visit so many great orthopaedic surgery programs," Bozic says. "It's really important to have this kind of forum for intellectual and academic exchanges."

Those taking part in the 2005 NATF Tour were Bozic; Rex C. Haydon, M.D., from Chicago; Johnny T.C. Lau, M.D., from Toronto; Matthew T. Provencher, M.D., from San Diego; and Heather A. Vallier, M.D., from Cleveland. The group visited orthopaedic surgery programs in three Canadian and 11 American cities.

NATF was established by the American Orthopaedic Association in 1970. The goal of the fellowship was to select "five or six young Orthopaedic surgeons who had just completed their resident training and would be interested in traveling to orthopaedic centers in this country and Canada over a period of five or six weeks."

The tour promotes significant clinical and scientific exchange and fellowship and has developed into an intense introduction to the diverse ways that leaders address the challenges that face orthopaedics today. Since the origination of the NATF, there have been a total 150 NATF Fellows.

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