EFAS/AOFAS Exchange Program


The application period for the 2023 EFAS/AOFAS Exchange Program is now closed. Applicants will be notified of their status in February.

AOFAS has partnered with the European Foot & Ankle Society (EFAS) to develop the EFAS/AOFAS Exchange Program. Through the program, three EFAS members each year will attend AOFAS Annual Meeting and travel to prominent orthopaedic foot and ankle institutions in the US and Canada. In turn, three AOFAS members will attend the EFAS Congress or Advance Symposium and visit foot and ankle sites in Europe. At each site, Exchange Fellows will meet leaders in foot and ankle surgery, observe procedures in operating rooms, and share research and ideas.

For our inaugural program, AOFAS Exchange Fellows will travel from November 13-December 8, 2023, visiting Hessingpark Clinic in Augsburg, Germany; Lyon University Hospital in Lyon, France; and University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain; and the EFAS Advance Symposium in Madrid, Spain.

The EFAS Exchange Fellows will travel from September 12-October 6, 2023, visiting sites in New York, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Boston, Massachusetts, and AOFAS Annual Meeting 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. 


AOFAS will select the AOFAS members who travel to Europe, while EFAS selects the EFAS members who travel to the US. All AOFAS applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Active or Candidate Member of the AOFAS with a current practice located in the United States or Canada.

  • Ability to obtain passport and visas if required for countries on list of travel.

  • Ability to travel from November 13-December 8, 2023.

  • A travel stipend will be awarded but any expenses beyond that amount will be the responsibility of the Exchange Fellow.

  • Additional criteria consistent with AOFAS travel guidelines.


Questions? Contact the AOFAS at or 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US).