Going on Fellowship


You may be starting to plan your fellowship, be mid application to desired centres, or getting ready to go abroad. .

For those of you who have successfully completed your specialist training programme in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, I congratulate you. However, I also congratulate the family members who have been behind you and a great support to you all the way.

You now embark upon a very exciting part of your career and one which no doubt fills you with some trepidation and apprehension and some surprise as senior consultants express envy that you are going away on a fellowship.

For sure, there are definite difficulties, that is, uprooting yourself from Ireland and often bringing a significant other and possibly a small child or two! There is clearly stress to go with emigrating and stress too in starting a new job in a new environment.

Please be assured, from an orthopaedic surgery point of view, you will find that you are more than amply equipped to hold your own even in the most prestigious international centres. Many of the responsibilities of identifying where to live, buying cars, arranging personal administration, will fall to your significant other.

My own recollections of leaving were that I was very apprehensive and unsure and in fact, wished I could stay in Ireland! However, as I reflect back on my time away, it was so special, not just on a professional level, but also on a personal level. You will also make friends and colleagues that you will keep in touch with for the rest of your life.

Please look forward to this this time.

Professor John O’Byrne