The Fundamental Surgery Traveling Fellowship is designed to provide Orthopaedic Resident Surgeons from the US and their equivalent Specialist Trainee counterparts in Europe with an opportunity to visit and study working practices in Orthopaedic centres in London and New York where academic programmes are starting to integrate VR simulation into training, to view surgical and clinical practice and to study haptic VR simulation technologies in the transfer of Orthopaedic surgical skills. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page.
For the orthopaedic centres involved, which will be announced in due course, it will provide 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.
Chris Scattergood, co-founder of the Fundamental VR said “Sponsoring this activity will give us further insight into the needs and opportunities of Orthopaedic training programs and trainees, and demonstrates our passion and commitment to support the educational needs of resident and trainee programs globally”
Host centres will be orthopaedic units with a reputation for innovative and interesting work, a commitment to teaching and training, and will be users of the Fundamental Surgery VR simulation platform, www.FundamentalSurgery.com.
These centres will be selected each year of the program, and the location is subject to change. Each visit should include observation of clinical and operative work, a clinical conference or demonstration, and an opportunity for both fellows and hosts to present papers. Ideally, the programme in each host centre will include clinical sessions and operative demonstrations (e.g. live surgeries), lectures and social programme/meetings for the fellows.
Details, terms and conditions
At the time of the proposed trip, September 2020, applicants must be Resident surgeons in the fields of orthopaedics and traumatology. They will be selected on the basis of a personal letter of application, curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation from their Residency/Training Director and their support for absence from their normal place of work for the 1 week program . It is also important to understand that possible visa/work permit issues are entirely the responsibility of the accepted resident and not Fundamental Surgery. The evaluation committee comprises of leading Orthopaedic surgeons who sit on Fundamental Surgeries Global Medical Panel, and represent leading practices from the UK and the US. The committee is chaired by the Chief Learning Officer of Fundamental Surgery, and will be looking for evidence from applicants of a strong academic and research background and a passion for exploring the latest educational resources and technologies. We are looking for resident surgeons who will be good ambassadors for their centres and countries. The final decision is the sole discretion of the evaluation committee and the Chair has the final decision. FundamentalVR will publish the name of the selected resident and the key reasons for being selected.
Successful participants will be expected to prepare three short presentations of their work that they can present at the centres they visit. Once the fellowship is over, they will also be expected to collaborate to prepare one common report of the fellowship, which will be published by FundamentalVR. Cost of travel, accommodation and meals will be covered. Residents will be responsible for incidental expenses during the fellowship.
Funding & Support
Fundamental Surgery will fund the fellowship, covering the following:
- Economy class rail / air travel from the start and end of the fellowship
- All economy class travel during the fellowship
- All accommodation and meals during the fellowship
Fundamental Surgery’s logistics team will coordinate and pre book and pay for the most effective travel arrangements in conjunction with the Resident.
The cost of any travel expenses not booked by Fundamental Surgery may be reimbursed provided that the costs, are reasonable, are properly documented and expenses have been approved by Fundamental Surgery prior to booking.
Residents will also be required to prove that their travel and health insurances are upto-date.
Applicants are invited to submit their application electronically via the website above including a Curriculum Vitae, a letter of recommendation from their residency director, and support from their institution or program for leave to attend the fellowship. A covering letter from the applicant should be supplied stating why they are applying and why they should be considered. These submissions will be collected by Fundamental Surgery and distributed to the members of the Evaluation Committee for ranking and ultimate selection.
The deadline for application is the 11th April 2020. Selection and announcement of selected trainee/residents will take place shortly after the deadline closes in April 2020.
In applying, you are automatically invited into the VR Residents Council. The purpose of the council is to gather input from residents on their views and requirements for VR in their surgical skills development path, and to understand how this exciting technology can be shaped to meet those needs. More information can be found here.