Travelling Fellowships


(North American Travelling Fellowship)

General Information

The NAT Fellowship traditionally involves a tour of the US and Canada by one (1) Canadian fellow and four (4) US fellows. The tour begins in the fall of every odd year (i.e. 2025, 2027 etc.)

2025 NATF Tour

A call for applications from COA members for the 2025 NATF tour will open in the New Year. Deadlines, forms and criteria will be posted in early 2024.

Tour Diaries

Learn more about the fellowship experience from the fellows themselves through past travel blogs or through the links below.

Dr. Bashar Alolabi’s 2015 NATF tour

The North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF) commenced in 1968. The first group of Fellows began their tour in Washington, and then visited a number of orthopaedic centres throughout the United States and Canada.

This Fellowship was originally designated for orthopaedic surgeons who had recently completed their orthopaedic residency and were in their first years of practice. The eligibility was eventually extended to include applicants up to five (5) years following completion of their training.