Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship (supported by BJJ and EFORT)


Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship 2017
Portugal, Spain & Italy
15 May to 2 June 2017

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 year three young orthopaedic surgeons will be selected to spend two weeks visiting orthopaedic centres of excellence in either the UK or mainland Europe, culminating in attendance at either the EFORT or BOA Congresses. 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.

More information:

The application submission for the 2017 Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship
(supported by BJJ and EFORT) is now CLOSED!

Applications are restricted to orthopaedic consultants and senior trainees who are less than 40 years old and from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Selection Committee will look for evidence of a strong academic and research background, and for surgeons who will be good ambassadors for their institution and country. Fellows will be expected to prepare three short presentations of their work which to present at the centres they visit.

The Bone and Joint Journal (BJJ) is funding this fellowship and pays for fellows’ travel and accommodation during the trip.

Those wishing to apply, are requested to submit their curriculum vitae, a covering letter stating the reason why they should be considered for this fellowship as well as two recommendation letters issued for the last 12 months. Please submit your application via the online system by following this link

The submission process is handled by EFORT. The selection of applicants is made by a Committee comprising representatives from EFORT and BJJ.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for dynamic young orthopaedic surgeons to broaden their experience, present their own work and ideas, and to make new professional contacts in Europe.

The applicants will be notified by email about the final outcome no later than the end of January 2017.

Further information can be obtained from Sanni Hiltunen from EFORT or Emma Vodden from BJJ.

John Mark Hamilton Paterson (1954-2013)

John Mark Hamilton Paterson (1954-2013)

Mark Paterson was a key figure in developing Children’s Orthopaedic services in East London, an under-privileged population. He studied medicine at Middlesex Hospital Medical School, graduating in 1977. After several house jobs, a year spent in Papua New Guinea and then various junior posts within the UK, Mark was appointed to the London Hospital in 1990. Over time, Mark’s role evolved from a consultant with a special interest in children’s orthopaedics, to a full-time children’s practice. This practice grew from one consultant to a department of four children’s orthopaedic surgeons. Mark’s particular talents were in the difficult area of neuromuscular orthopaedics and most notably cerebral palsy where his gentle manner, endless patience and understanding endeared him to his patients, their parents and his colleagues. Mark was also an examiner for the FRCS (Orth) for five years and assessor of examiners as well as examiner for the European Board of Orthopaedics and Trauma and for the college of surgeons in Hong Kong.

Mark made a very significant contribution to The Bone & Joint Journal (formerly JBJS Br). He reviewed for many years and joined the editorial board in 2005 and later was a member of the Council of Management. Mark was involved in inception of the EFORT/BJJ Travelling Fellowship and after his untimely death it was felt appropriate by all involved to rename the fellowship in his memory. The Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship is a fitting tribute to a man who touched and inspired those he came into contact with.

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