It was a great accomplishment for Dr Fraser Taylor to be awarded the Australian Hand Surgery Society Travelling Fellowship for 2019. This fellowship connects and supports a young Australian Hand surgeon to travel overseas to further their surgical skills and knowledge.
The fellowship started at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota USA. The Mayo clinic is widely regarded as one of the world leading hospitals and is committed to advancing medical knowledge and education. The surgeons at the Mayo Clinic have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. Dr Taylor had the opportunity to observe in surgery and discuss with world experts different approaches and techniques for treatment of complex shoulder, elbow wrist and hand problems.
Dr Taylor then attended the annual meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr Taylor contributed to the meeting by presenting a paper on Australian treatment trends in wrist fractures and a laboratory study published in collaboration with the engineering department at Griffith University on the Gold Coast comparing different treatment types for radial head fracture in the elbow.
Following the meeting he spent a week visiting the Roth McFarlance Hand and Upper Limb Clinic in London Ontario. He was hosted by upper limb surgeons Dr Graham King, Dr George Athwal and Dr Ruby Grewal. This centre is well known for the production of scientific literature around surgical techniques of the shoulder hand and in particular the elbow, with Dr Graham King being a surgeon designer for elbow implants. Upon his return Dr Taylor is pleased to share this valuable experience and new knowledge in treating his own patients.