The Japanese Orthopaedic Association sponsors three-week tours.

  • Even Year Tours: US Fellows visit top Japanese academic centers and historical landmarks for the JOA Traveling Fellowship.
  • Odd Year Tours: Japanese Fellows are hosted by US orthopaedic surgeons. The tour begins or ends at the AOA Annual Meeting, depending on the year.

Upcoming Tour Information

Applications for the 2021 JOA Traveling Fellowship will open on January 15, 2021.

Applicant Criteria

  • Less than or equal to 8 years in practice
  • ABOS certified
  • A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Qualified to practice orthopaedic surgery in the United States; must be a United States citizen OR a Permanent Resident with a full time position at a hospital/institution in the United States.
  • Available to travel to Japan the spring of 2022
  • Able to attend the 2023 AOA Annual Leadership Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT

Lengthy episodes of time away from practice (>6 months) may be noted by applicants and will be reviewed and given consideration by the selection committee on a case by case basis. This includes but is not exhaustive of illness, family/medical leave, maternity/paternity leave, military deployment, etc.


Alumni of the American-British-Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship and the North American Traveling Fellowship are ineligible for consideration.

JOA hosts are encouraged to use their creativity to plan a unique and exciting experience that will allow the visiting fellows to grow in their leadership skills, research, and career goals. Hosts may also take advantage of any unique environments that they may have either academically or historically.

Host Responsibilities

Hosts will be asked to:

  • Identify a key contact person at the host institution for the AOA
  • Coordinate academic, leadership and social programs
  • Send the AOA a finalized, detailed itinerary six weeks prior to the tour
  • Meet the JOA Fellows when they arrive in the local area.  If the fellows fly in/out of the region, fellows must be transported to/from the airport to the designated hotel or meeting location
  • Provide housing, meals and ground transportation for the JOA Fellows, as well as covering the costs for these arrangements

Group Hosting

The Traveling Fellowship Subcommittee also encourages members to “group host,” with several institutions in one area sharing the hosting duties and costs, thus adding to the diversity of the tour.

Become a JOA Host

If you are interested in hosting future JOA Fellows, please contact

JOA Alumni

Fellowship Alumni Directory coming soon!

Follow the Fellows

Learn more about the AOA-JOA tour through the experience of past JOA fellows. Visit the AOA Traveling Fellowships Blog.


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