Dr. Brockmeier Traveling Fellowship
Dr. Stephen Brockmeier recently returned from the AOSSM/ESSKA Traveling Fellowship, a three and a half week tour and academic exchange through Europe. Selected for this unique and prestigious fellowship along with two other travelling fellows, Dr. David Flanigan from the Ohio State University and Dr. Frank Petrigliano from UCLA, and “Godmother”, Dr. Elizabeth Arendt from the University of Minnesota, the tour encompassed 6 stops in 5 European countries.
Historically, the AOSSM/ESSKA traveling fellowship was first established in the mid 1980’s as a collaborative effort between sports medicine subspecialists in the US and Europe to try and foster friendships and academic exchange. Every other year, three fellows are chosen from the US to travel through Europe, hosted at each site by one of the senior members of the European Society for Sports Medicine, Knee Surgery, and Arthroscopy (ESSKA). On the intervening years, three fellows from ESSKA travel in the US; UVA has been a host site for these fellows twice in the past decade.
During his recently completed fellowship, Dr. Brockmeier first visited Lyon, France, a mecca for knee and shoulder surgery (as well as the center of the universe for fine cuisine and wine). Next stops in Geneva, Switzerland, which was highlighted by a ride along with the medical support team for a Swiss cycling team in competition in the Tour de Romandie, and Paris were phenomenal, both academically and culturally. Next, the group visited Milan, Italy with hosts Dr. Pietro Randelli and current ESSKA President Matteo Denti.
The final tour stop was Oslo, Norway, where the group stayed at the Norwegian Olympic Training Center and was hosted by IOC Medical Director and Past ESSKA President Lars Engebretsen. The trip finished at the biennial ESSKA Congress in Amsterdam, where Dr. Brockmeier and his co-fellows shared their experiences with the conference attendees.
"The experience from beginning to end was fantastic and truly a once-in-a-career opportunity”, said Dr. Brockmeier. “I’m grateful to AOSSM and ESSKA for the amazing opportunity, as well as to my partners at UVA for covering for me while I was gone for nearly a month.”
Milan, Italy with hosts Pietro Randelli and ESSKA President Matteo Denti