The purpose of the AMSSM Traveling Fellowship program is to encourage academic interchange, shared research and exploration of common clinical interests with other sports medicine leaders throughout the world. The experience includes the opportunity to view live patient encounters, tour sports medicine facilities, share cases and spend time with regional experts in sports medicine.

The Traveling Fellowship program is a two-way exchange. Each year AMSSM selects a sports medicine physician from a partnering country to serve as the International Visiting Fellow, visit sports medicine centers within the US and present at the AMSSM Annual Meeting. In return, the International Visiting Fellow helps host an AMSSM tour to that country later that year. The AMSSM contingent includes a Senior Traveling Fellow (appointed/selected by the AMSSM Board leadership) and two Junior Fellows (by application).

Past Traveling Fellows have included:

Year Int'l Visiting Fellow Senior Fellow Junior Fellows
2014 – Australia Dr. Peter Brukner Dr. Jim Puffer Drs. Irfan Asif and Chad Asplund
2015 – South Africa Dr. Jon Patricios Dr. Doug McKeag Drs. Alison Brooks and Jim MacDonald
2016 – Italy Dr. Maurizio Casasco Dr. Rob Johnson Drs. Andy Peterson and John Wilson
2017 – UK Dr. Simon Kemp Dr. E. Lee Rice Drs. Ken Barnes and Mederic Hall
2018 – Scandinavia Dr. Hilde Berge Dr. John Lombardo Drs. Leonardo Oliveira and Jason Zaremski
2019 – Japan Dr. Yuka Kodama Tsukahara Dr. Brian Halpern Drs. Aaron Gray, Kentaro Onishi and Kyle Smoot
2020 – New Zealand Dr. Mark Fulcher Dr. Margot Putukian TBA

Applications for the AMSSM Traveling Fellowship Tour to New Zealand are now available and will be due by March 1, 2020. Dates for the tour will be December 6, 2020 through December 21, 2020. Past President Margot Putukian, MD will serve as the AMSSM Senior Traveling Fellow for this tour. Two Junior Fellows who are 10 years or less out of fellowship, have been AMSSM members for at least the past five years, are board certified in sports medicine and currently practicing in the US or Canada will be selected to join Dr. Putukian on this tour.

Please note: Individuals currently in a sports medicine fellowship at the time of application are not eligible.

AMSSM will provide coach class airfare and lodging for the Traveling Fellowship class, and the hosts from New Zealand will provide meals and transportation within the country. Participants will also receive a daily per diem to help cover any expenses not covered by the hosts.

Following the application period, the AMSSM IIOR Traveling Fellowship Subcommittee will review the applications and make recommendations for final approval by the AMSSM Executive Committee. Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be considered.


For years in which the AMSSM Traveling Fellowship program will be headed to a country/region where English is not widely spoken and AMSSM does not have established relationships, the AMSSM Board may choose to invite applications from the membership for an AMSSM Traveling Fellow Ambassador for a given year/exchange. The Traveling Fellow Ambassador will be responsible for helping make connections to local hosts prior to the trip and interpret when language difficulties are encountered. The Travel Fellow Ambassador will be picked prior to the Junior Fellows and will work closely with the Senior Traveling Fellow in the planning process. The Traveling Fellow Ambassador is required to be an AMSSM member, be fluent in the language of the fellowship destination and have connections to the sports medicine community in the country/region AMSSM will be visiting. Applicants must be AMSSM members. There is no minimum training requirement provided the member is fluent in the language of the fellowship destination and has connections to the sports medicine community in the country/region AMSSM will be visiting. The 2021 Traveling Fellowship will be the first year in which a Traveling Fellow Ambassador will be sought. AMSSM Founder and Past President Greg Landry, MD, FAMSSM will serve as the Senior Traveling Fellow for a tour to Germany in the Summer or Fall 2021. Applications for the 2021 Traveling Fellow Ambassador will be due March 1, 2020.

If questions, please email Jody Gold in the AMSSM office.

The Traveling Fellowship Program is funded from an educational grant provided to the AMSSM Foundation from DJO Global.

Must be logged in to apply (Junior Fellow Applications for 2020 Trip to New Zealand due by March 1, 2020).

Must be logged in to apply (Traveling Fellow Ambassador Applications for 2021 Trip to Germany due by March 1, 2020).


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