Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship (supported by BJJ and EFORT)


Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship 2019
Italy, Portugal and Spain
02 to 14 September 2019

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.

More information:

The application submission for the Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship 2019
is now CLOSED!

Applications are welcomed from orthopaedic surgeons and senior trainees who are less than 40 years old and come from across Europe including the UK 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 British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery (BESBJS) is funding this fellowship and pays for fellows’ travel and accommodation during the trip.

The submission process is handled by EFORT. The selection of applicants is made by a Committee comprising representatives from EFORT and The Bone and Joint Journal (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.

To apply, please submit your:

a) curriculum vitae,
b) covering letter stating the reason why they should be considered for this fellowship, as well as
c) two recommendation letters issued for the last 12 months.

Please submit your application via the application system:

The deadline for applications is Sunday 5 May 23:59 CET. Final decisions will be communicated to the applicants on Monday 20 May.

Further information can be obtained from EFORT at or The Bone and Joint Journal, Emma Vodden.

Padova, Italy
Monday 02 to Wednesday 04 September 2019
Department of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Oncology, University of Padova
Host: Prof. Dr. Pietro Ruggieri

Lisbon, Portugal
Friday 06, Monday 09 and Tuesday 10 September 2019
Orthopaedic Department of Hospital Cuf Descobertas
Host: Prof. Dr. Jorge Mineiro

Madrid, Spain
Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 September 2019
Hospital La Paz
Hosts: Dr. Enrique Gil-Garay & Dr. Eduardo García-Rey


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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