Robotic Visiting Fellowship


One (1) Visiting Fellowship is available for 2022/23 which to take place in Modena, Italy at the Policlinico of Modena University under the supervision of Prof Fabio Catani.

Duration: 6 months

Salary: up to 35’000 EUR* (*conditions apply)

Exact dates of the fellowship will be defined on an individual basis according to availability of both the host and the fellow.

The deadline for application is Monday, 06 January 2020.

Final decisions will be communicated to the applicants at latest by February 2020.

The call for applications is planned to open in early 2022.

Please watch out for any announcements via our EFORT communication channels and check our website on a regular basis.

Register your interest in this fellowship programme by sending an email to indicating the following details: Your First Name, Your Last Name and Your Email Address.

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About the host centre


Director of Complex Structure Orthopedics and Traumatology | Policlinico of Modena University | Hospital of Modena | Professor and Chairman | Department of Orthopedic Surgery | University of Modena and Reggio Emilia | Modena | Italy

Professor Catani is an internationally recognized expert in joint arthroplasty surgery focusing on motion analysis and innovation technology, such as computer assisted surgery. He is pioneering in robotic surgery since 2014, when he performed clinical trials on the accuracy of Mako robotic-arm assisted technology on Mako Partial Knee and Mako Total Hip applications with excellent results in all patients. From 2016 he is also started using the Mako Total Knee application. He has multiple research publications on Robotic-Arm Assisted hip and knee arthroplasty and several ongoing studies.

Professor Catani is also an expert on research and educational endeavors to make patients more satisfied with their knee and hip arthroplasty, increasing their ability to perform daily living activities. His contributions to the orthopaedic community have focused on improving surgical techniques, understanding the pathomechanics of orthopaedic diseases, and quantifying the patient outcomes. He has patents on ankle, knee designs, and orthopaedic sensoring devices. In recognition of his work, he has received numerous awards, including the Mark Coventry Award, assigned by the American Knee Society.

Eligibility and Application

The visiting fellowship is targeted to early-career surgeons already successfully operating in the following countries:

  • Austria.
  • Denmark.
  • Finland.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Italy.
  • Ireland.
  • Luxembourg.
  • Netherlands.
  • Norway.
  • Spain.
  • Sweden.
  • Switzerland.
  • United Kingdom.

The successful applicant should have one-year pre- to three years post-national surgical qualifications and should be able to fully correspond in English.

In order to submit an application, the following documents together with the completed application form are kindly requested to be submitted:

  • Copy of applicant’s MD license.
  • CV.
  • Motivation Letter.
  • References.
  • Publication history to date.

The CV should include at least the following information:

  • Country where currently practicing.
  • Your interaction with robotics to date and/or non-robotic relevant consideration.
  • Age and experience.
  • Surgery examination grades.
  • Teaching center of origin.

The Motivation Letter (max 500 words) should include:

  • Current level of surgery skills and expertise in robotics, if any.
  • Dedication to hip and knee replacement surgery.
  • Your reasoning on how this robotic fellowship will improve your surgery skills and patient outcomes.

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