SICOT meets SICOT Fellowship Programme (closed)

Funded by SICOT & local hosts

This SICOT programme allows surgeons, who are members of SICOT under 45 years of age and have finished their residency, to undertake a fellowship at a centre of excellence. The candidates will have access to, and the possibility to train in, all the orthopaedic subspecialties represented at the centre. Accommodation will be provided by some host universities/centres and SICOT will cover the travel expenses (economy) up to EUR 1,000. SICOT will reimburse up to EUR 2,000 (economy travel expenses included) for centres who do not provide accommodation. Depending on the length of the stay and the costs of accommodation, SICOT can cover this up to EUR 2,500 (prior approval required). Taxis will only be reimbursed at a reasonable amount. Airport shuttle bus service must be used in priority to taxis.  

In addition to the above, SICOT will exceptionally offer five senior surgeons (over 45 years of age) a fellowship in the same centres. SICOT will cover the travel expenses (economy) up to EUR 1,000.

Application requirements:

  • Must be a SICOT member with membership dues paid two years in a row at the time of the application (the year of the application deadline and the year before)

  • For the Junior Fellowship: must be 45 years or under at the beginning of the fellowship

  • For the Senior Fellowship: must be over 45 years at the beginning of the fellowship

  • Must have five or more years of specialised orthopaedic training

  • Health insurance coverage during stay at centre

  • Medical check-up before travel (including lab results for blood tests) 

  • Both application forms must be filled in (please see here below in “Documents to submit”)

  • Priority is given to candidates having attended one or more SICOT Congress(es) in the past 4 years

  • Preference will be given to international fellows. SICOT will not cover the travelling costs of national fellows.

Documents to submit to [email protected]:

  • SmS application Form to be filled in

  • Host Center Selection Form to be filled in

  • Copy of birth certificate or passport

  • Up-to-date CV mentioning

    • the date of birth

    • the logbook

    • the academic achievements

    • other achievements

    • the professional experience in Orthopaedics (with month and year of beginning and ending)

    • the field(s) of interest

  • Two recommendation letters, one must be from the current Head of Department

  • A document proving the English level

  • Motivation letter showing the motivation and the reason for wanting to attend this fellowship

  • Recent medical check-up (including lab results for blood tests)


Deadline for applications: 30 May 2024


Centres currently offering this opportunity:


Vila Velha Hospital – Vila Velha
Subspecialties available: General Trauma
Duration: 4 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: from March to November
Supervisor: Luiz Augusto B. Campinhos


University Hospital Motol – Prague
Subspecialties available: Paediatric orthopaedics, arthroscopic reconstruction, joint arthrosplasty
Duration: 4 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: from February to May and from September to November
Supervisor: Vojtech Havlas


RWTH Aachen University Medical Center - Aachen
Subspecialties available: Spine, Pelvis, Orthopaedic Trauma and Plastic/Reconstructive
Duration: 4 to 8 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: Between March and November
Supervisor: Frank Hildebrand

Clinic of Hand Surgery, Rhön-Klinikum - Bad Neustadt
Subspecialties available: Hand Surgery
Duration: 4-12 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: All year
Supervisor: Jörg van Schoonhoven

University Clinic Charité - Berlin
Subspecialties available: Hip, Knee, Spine, Trauma, Hand, Shoulder, Elbow, Pelvis, Foot & Ankle, Tumour
Duration: 4 to 12 weeks (extendable for another 12 weeks for a total of 6 months)
Supervisor: Ulrich Stöckle and Carsten Perka 

Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie - Homburg
Subspecialties available: Pelvic and Spine Surgery, Hand Surgery
Duration: minimum 4 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: All year
Supervisor: Emir Duric 
Specific requirements: Costs - rent per month: EUR 140; and food (breakfast and lunch) EUR 5-7 per day (EUR 3 per day will be provided)

Marktredwitz Hospital  - Marktredwitz
Subspecialties available: Trauma, Hand, Spine musculoskeletal Research, Sports Orthopaedics, Reconstructive Surgery and Arthroplasty.
Duration: 4 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: Summer or Spring
Supervisor: Alexander Schuh


Henry DUNANT Hospital - Athens
Subspecialties available: total hip and total knee arthroplasties, primary and revisions
Duration: 4 to 8 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: tbc
Supervisor: George Macheras

KAT Hospital - Athens
Subspecialties available: All susbspecialties (hand surgery, microsurgery, arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, ankle surgery, spine surgery, ...)
Duration: 4 weeks (extendable to one year – arrangements to be made with the host centre)
Preferred period for fellowship: tbc
Supervisor: Stamatios Papadakis


St. George University Teaching Hospital - Székesfehérvár
Subspecialties available: Joint replacement, sport surgery
Duration: 4-8 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: all year
Supervisor: Akos Zahar
Free accomodation and meals are provided.


Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital - Bombay
Subspecialties available: Arthroplasty 
Duration: 4 to 6 weeks 
Preferred period for fellowship: June to October 
Supervisor: Vaibhav Bagaria & Swapnil M Keny
Comment: the hospital can offer 
- 1200 USD or accommodation (based on availability) if a fellow is coming for 6 weeks
- 750 USD or accommodation (based on availability) if fellow is coming for 4 weeks 
- 500 USD or accommodation (based on availability)if the fellow is coming for 2- 3 weeks

Tejasvini Hospital (SSIOT) - Mangalore
Subspecialties available: Trauma, Arthroplasty, Arthroscopy, Paediatric Orthopaedics
Duration: 6-8 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: October-November
Supervisor: Shantharam Shetty


Fondazione Poliambulanza, Istituto Ospedaliero - Brescia
Subspecialties available: Hip & Knee Arthroplasty, Spine, Sports, Paediatrics, Robotic Surgery and Trauma
Duration: 4-8 weeks
Preferred period of fellowship: All year except August
Supervisor: Francesco Benazzo 

Ospedale San Filippo Neri - Rome
Subspecialties available: Hip & Knee Joint Revision
Duration: 3 months
Preferred period for fellowship: from February to April and from October to December
Supervisor: Francesco Falez
Hospital requirement: have a health insurance and a personal liability insurance to participate in surgical activities


National Orthopaedic Hospital - Lagos
Subspecialties available: Arthroplasty/Orthopaedic, Oncology
Duration: 4 to 6 weeks
Preferred period for fellowship: from February to April and from October to December
Supervisor: Wahab Yinusa
Hospital requirement: anytime but December


University Medical Centre Ljubljana - Ljubljana
Subspecialties available: Spine, arthroscopy, sports, Endoprosthetic primary and revision surgery (hip, knee, to lesser degree shoulder), osteotomies, reconstruvtive surgery, foot and ankle, children and tumors
Duration: 1 month
Preferred period for fellowship: n/a
Supervisor: Vane Antolic


University Hospital Infanta Leonor - Madrid
Subspecialties available: Hip and Knee: Hip Surgery in Young Adult (FAI surgery -open/arthroscopy-, Primary Hip Arthroplasty, Revision Hip Arthroplasty), Knee Surgery (Navigated Knee Arthroplasty, Navigated Unicompartimental Knee replacement, Navigated revision Knee), Hip-Knee Trauma Surgery
Duration: 2 months
Periods for fellowship: First period: October-November. Second Period: February-March. Third period: April-May
Coordination: Oliver Marin-Peña
More information: English will be the official language during the fellowship. Hospital could provide special rates for lunch menu. Official certificate will be provided at the end of the Fellowship. It’s mandatory to participate in at least one investigation project during the fellowship period. Fellowship candidates will attend all Hip Meetings that will be scheduled during the fellowship period (usually 1-2 Hip meetings). During the fellowship period, the candidate will participate in hospital practice from Monday to Friday. The time scheduled for a standard day should be: Surgical/Clinic participation from 8:00 to 15:00 and Investigation practice from 15:00 to 17:00


University of Zurich, Dept. of Trauma - Zurich
Subspecialties available: Trauma, Spine, Pelvis, General Trauma and Emergency Medicine
Duration: up to 3 months
Preferred period for fellowship: March and October
Supervisor: Hans-Christoph Pape


Texas Children’s Hospital - Houston, Texas
Subspecialties available: trauma, sports injuries, spine, leg & foot deformities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), osteomyelitis, hip disorders, and full range of pediatric orthopedic deformities.
Duration: 1-2 months
Supervisor: Scott Rosenfeld
Requirements: All visiting international observers/fellows interested in coming to Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, must contact the Department of their intended visit dates, and provide all supporting documentation a minimum of 60 days in advance. Once the fellow has been accepted, (s)he will be put in contact with the Department to arrange for these documents.