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A fellowship of firsts: report of the 2019 SRS traveling fellowship

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We would like to offer our undying gratitude to everyone who made this trip possible. We thank the SRS for offering this incredible opportunity and to Lauren Kritter for tolerating all our nagging e-mails. We especially would like to thank our hosts: Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Dr. Dror Ovadia, Dr. Muharram Yazici, Dr. Ahmet Alanay and Dr. Shanmuganathan Rajaskaran, for their hospitality. We also would like to send our appreciation to their families for allowing us to impose on their lives. Lastly, we would like to thank our own families and colleagues who understood what this opportunity meant to us all and tolerated our month long absence.


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Caridi, J.M., Mesfin, A., Mundis, G.M. et al. A fellowship of firsts: report of the 2019 SRS traveling fellowship . Spine Deform (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s43390-020-00062-z

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