ABC Fellowship Tour 2007
Alastair Younger, M.D., FRCSC
University of British Columbia
John Antoniou, M.D., FRCSC
We couldn't believe our good fortune last year when we learned that we were selected to be the 2007 ABC fellows from Canada. Time passed quickly, and after making arrangements and a few phone calls to our fellow travellers from the United States over the Winter and Spring, we finally were able to meet the rest of the fellows in London on April 15th. We were greeted by Peter Kaye and David Adams from the British Orthopaedic Association and were introduced to the rest of the ABC fellows: Dr. Brian Donley from Cleveland (foot and ankle), Dr. Connie Chu (Pittsburgh - basic science), Dr. Steve Frick (Charlotte - paediartics), Dr. Alan Hilibrand (Rothman institute - spine) and Bill Ricci (St. Louis - trauma).
We were taken off to Southampton and cured our jet lag with a pub dinner with our local hosts, and a game of Skittles, setting the tone for the remainder of the tour.
2007 ABC fellows with Damian Griffin at Warwick Castle. From l to r: Connie Chu, John Antoniou, Bill Ricci, Alan Hilibrand, Damian Griffin, Steve Frick, Brian Donley, and Alastair Younger.
Over the ensuing days in the United Kingdom we travelled to Bristol, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Wrightington, Oswestry, Warwick and London. Academic highlights included talks by Mike Freeman on knee joint mechanics, Chris Colton on plagiarism in orthopaedics and a varied programme in many centres where our hosts presented state-of-the-art orthopaedic research. Social highlights in the first week included a visit to Bath, a tour around Edinburgh and the Castle, and a game of golf at St. Andrews. After returning south of the border we were treated to a visit of Wrightington and the Charnley museum. In Coventry, we had a black tie dinner at Warwick castle with many previous British ABC fellows. In London, our Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital hosts treated us to a tour of the houses of parliament and West Minster Abbey.
After what seemed like a short stay, we bid farewell to our British hosts and headed to Australia via Singapore. In Australia we were treated to dinner at the Royal Sidney Yacht Club, and enjoyed a late night visit to the clubs under the Sidney harbour bridge. Our tour took us on to Manly beach and dinner at the Opera house. We then travelled on to Brisbane and Melbourne, and enjoyed presentations in each city. We were treated to sailing, an Australian rules football game, a wine tour and a wildlife tour amongst other highlights.
Our final visit was to New Zealand, where our Auckland hosts met us in Queenstown for a little rest and relaxation, with golf and jet boating.
We completed the scientific and social programme in Auckland prior to returning home. On the tour we met many amazing people and hosts who received us warmly. We made many new friends and bonded with our fellow travellers. We look forward to being able to return the favour in the future by hosting our British, Australian, South African and New Zealand fellows here in Canada.
The tour was an amazing educational and cultural experience. We came back grateful and invigorated by the experience.
Thank you COA for an experience we will never forget.
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