Fellowship: 'Friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests.'
A lot has changed since our last face-to-face meeting in Melbourne in March 2020 on the eve of the pandemic but the desire to meet in person was still very strong and being able to catch up with colleagues in person in London 2 years later was a great relief. Personal connections are so important both academically, socially and personally. One can read a scientific paper but nothing can compete with seeing the presenter in person and discussing things in person. It is so much better to question and discuss topics in person, to question more deeply and pick up so many nuances that are just not possible in the virtual world.
A highlight for me at the London IFSSH was attending a small reunion of all our past Victorian Hand Surgery Associates UK hand fellows. We started our Hand Fellowship program in 1996 and have had 43 fellows to date. It was great to be able