The Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship (supported by BJJ and EFORT) previously known as BJJ-EFORT TF, is initiated and funded by The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery (BESBJS) and supported by the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) and the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA).
Every second year three young European (incl. the UK and Northern Ireland) orthopaedic surgeons will be selected to spend two weeks visiting orthopaedic centres of excellence across Europe, ideally culminating in an attendance at EFORT Annual Congress. It is envisaged that three centres will be visited. At each centre the fellows will learn about the specialty work of that unit and will participate in clinical conferences and presentations.
For a senior trainee or a newly-qualified consultant, it will provide an excellent opportunity to broaden clinical experience, to make important professional contacts and to gain experience in presenting their own work and opinions in an international setting.
For the orthopaedic centres involved, it will provide a welcome stimulus, an opportunity to develop and strengthen ties with surgeons and centres in other countries, and an opportunity to raise the profile of the unit concerned.
For the sponsoring bodies it represents a high profile example of their educational and training roles, and an opportunity for Bone & Joint to promote its activities.