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International Fellowship Program

Program overview

Advances in medicine are achieved through collaboration at different levels of education, training, and research. The international fellowship program provides fellows opportunities for developing their knowledge and skills to improve patient care. The program is a mentor-mentee model.

Program Goal

The program's goal is to improve the surgical knowledge and skills of traveling fellows and provide the host institution opportunities for research and information exchange.

Planning process

The PTS will facilitate the connection between the fellow and local coordinators abroad. Please click here to see the list of coordinators. The interested fellow must contact the regional coordinators to find out fellowship vacancies, plan a trip abroad, and do due diligence to get access to healthcare facilities and obtain privileges. Interested fellows are responsible for coordinating their lodging, international travel insurance, and other logistics related to their trip. The PTS is not responsible for any political and social circumstances of the host country.

Program objectives for the visiting fellow

  • To provide exposure to a vast volume of cases in trauma and emergency surgery
  • To enhance the operative experience of complex cases
  • To provide cultural exchange
  • To augment understanding of different trauma systems worldwide

Program objectives for the host institution

  • To help create relationships between host institutions and traveling fellow institutions
  • To foster research and development of collaborative programs
  • To provide networking opportunities
  • To promote involvement between your institution and our international affiliated associations

Applicant Eligibility & Requirements:

Interested fellows must submit the following documents to local coordinators with copy to PTS HQ office.  See list of  local coordinators

  • Current CV
  • International Travel Health Insurance
  • Application form
  • Valid Passport (and visa) if applicable
  • Applicants are required to present a log of core cases performed during (or after) their fellowship overseas.

Application Process

  • Interested fellow must contact the local coordinators to find out about a fellowship vacancy.
  • Eligible Applicants must submit the documents described above to local coordinators.
  • Traveling surgeons are responsible for their traveling fees, housing, local fees to the hospital and administrative fees to the society when applicable
  • Once the application is approved, the applicant must sign an MOU before traveling overseas.
After the site has been chosen, local requirements might apply to each visitor.
    The PTS is not responsible for the local and political conditions of the host country to which the fellows will travel nor for their health and safety.

    The PTS is not responsible for arranging or subsidizing lodging, food, international or in-country transportation, or any other expenses related to his/her travel and training.

    Who Should Apply?

    • Surgery Residents, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellows, and Surgical Faculty with a desire to gain exposure to a large volume of cases.
    • Individuals who believe in international collaboration as a pivotal component to improving patient outcomes.

    Centers offering short term rotations (1-3 months)

    Dr. Rao Ivatury discusses PTS fellowships


    What Program Alumni Say About the Fellowship

    "..beyond the exciting cases and interesting experiences inside the operating theatre, what I took away from Panama most of all were friendships. The colleagues I have met there and worked alongside have become lifelong friends. I hope one day I can return their hospitality. Already, we are speaking about future joint investigational efforts and exchange between our institutions. International collaboration holds much promise, especially within the PTS – an organization built on such exchanges”...

    ”The exposure to penetrating trauma every day, different ways of managing things in a low resource setting and the building of friendships with new colleagues were invaluable to my career as a young trauma surgeon completing fellowship. After this experience, I can think of no greater capstone, no greater final preparation for my first job out of training. To anyone even considering doing a rotation like this through the Panamerican trauma society, do not hesitate! The PTS offers traveling rotations like this to almost any country in Latin America that fellows are interested in working in.” Jeffrey Skubic

    Does your institution want to be a training center for Panamerican Trauma Society?

    Please contact Gladys S. Shanklin at for details in eligibility.

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