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Internship at Stetson Powell Orthopedics

The Stetson Powell Internship Program is designed to provide practical experience to college graduates bound for medical school. The program is one year long and is a paid position. Interns work directly with the physicians, learning on a state of the art electronic medical record system how to take a medical, social and family history, a history of present illness and how to record a physical examination. Interns review X-rays and MRIs from the in-office extremity MRI, and learn to synthesize information into a list of possible diagnoses. In addition, interns have the opportunity to see both arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder, knee, elbow, hip and ankle. They engage in ongoing research projects with the goal of publishing their projects in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, interns have the opportunity to learn the business of medicine by sitting in on in business and financial meetings of the group. Our program started in 2005 and we are proud that all of our interns have been accepted into medical school.

The internship program begins each year on the first of June.  Qualifications are students who have recently graduated from a university, taken the MCAT, and plan on attending medical school.  Interest in Orthopedics is preferred, but not required as this experience will help all aspiring doctors.

If you are interested in applying, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to

Here is what some of our interns have said about the program:


After graduating from Princeton in 2017, I sought a gap-year internship that would allow me to interact with patients on a daily basis. I flew from NJ to California immediately after graduation, excited to get a glimpse into what it is like being an orthopedic surgeon in private practice. As I write this post now, having finished the internship only days ago, I cannot even begin to adequately describe all that I learned and experienced over the past year. In addition to having thousands of unique patient interactions, I learned the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of orthopedic injuries, I learned how to be an efficient scribe, I was exposed to billing and the managerial side of running a practice and I benefitted from the mentorship of three world-class physicians. In addition, my experiences in the office were always the first thing that medical schools wanted to discuss when I went on interviews.

You feel like you are part of a family when you work at Stetson Powell Orthopedics – everyone looks out for each other and you are all invested in the same goal of providing outstanding patient care. It was an honor and a privilege to be an intern and I know that the lessons I learned from the patients, coworkers and doctors will serve me for the rest of my career. Jonathan is attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University?

Shane Davis – Tufts University School of Medicine

As a prospective medical student who had long been interested in sports medicine, I thought that the pre-med student internship position at Stetson Powell Orthopedics would be the perfect fit for me. It presented a unique opportunity to spend a full year working side by side with three well-respected orthopedic surgeons to gain valuable insight into what a career in orthopedics is all about. Reflecting back on my time at Stetson Powell Orthopedics, I can say that the past year not only met, but exceeded my expectations.

I learned how to effectively interact and communicate with patients, physicians and other medical and office staff. I learned how to take an accurate medical history and work in an electronic medical record system. I learned the basics of X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as their role in patient care, and I also learned a great deal of medical information both in the office and in the operating room. While these were all things I had hoped to achieve when I applied for the position, it was the things I did not anticipate that I believe truly set this experience apart from anything else I had encountered. I did not realize how much I would learn about running a medical practice, nor did I imagine I would play a role in helping to make changes and improvements to the office throughout the year. I was also able to learn about the American healthcare system and came to better understand the business aspect of medicine. As a result, not only do I feel well prepared to begin my medical education in the fall, but I also believe that the this internship has prepared for success throughout the entirety of my medical career. I will always value the relationships that I formed at Stetson Powell Orthopedics and I will never forget the lessons I learned along the way.

Katy Metcalf – Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

I graduated from Pomona College in 2012 with a degree in Biology and knew I wanted to work for a year to gain clinical experience while applying to medical school. I heard about the internship at Stetson Powell Orthopedics and Sport Medicine through a friend of mine and realized that it was an ideal position. It would allow me to continue to pursue my passion for medicine and sports during my year off, provide an introduction to medical practice and offer a unique opportunity to work directly with patients.

I did not know exactly what the job entailed, but it came to exceed all expectations. While I take patient histories, enter information in to electronic records, discuss diagnoses and treatment plans and observe exciting surgeries, perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the internship is participating in the entire spectrum of patient care; from the initial visit through the treatment and recovery. I work with doctors invested in my education, growth and future, and undoubtedly learning to think proactively and communicate effectively in the medical field is invaluable. Ultimately, the overarching education provided by the physicians as well as the patients, reaches well beyond the yearlong internship. I can say honestly that not only do I feel well prepared for school, but I am motivated and excited for my future career.

Jordan Sukys – Boston University School of Medicine

STETSON POWELL UPDATE:  I am currently preparing for my Step-1 Board exam and looking forward to starting my 3rd year clinical rotations this summer. The Stetson Powell Internship experience continues to prove useful in expected and unexpected ways, but I think the experience will really prove its value come 3rd year when I am interacting with patients, nurses, residents and doctors every day on the wards. In addition to my studies, I am also really enjoying the city of Boston and spending time with my fellow Stetson Powell Intern alumnus Shane Davis, who is in the same year as me across town at Tufts University School of Medicine. (04/23/2015)

I was recommended to apply to the Stetson Powell Pre-Med Internship by a close family friend and former patient of the practice. The Internship offered everything I was looking for during my gap year between college and medical school – the opportunities to work closely with patients, train under world class physicians, maintain my involvement with sports and observe the inner-workings of a reputable private practice. The hands-on nature of the internship stood out among other gap year options; no other position I found offered a more in-depth, intimate clinical experience than that available at Stetson Powell. I accepted the job offer in March of my senior year at Bucknell University and happily joined the practice two weeks after graduation.

My experience at Stetson Powell has absolutely exceeded expectations. I’ve developed meaningful, professional relationships with hundreds of patients, observed dozens of orthopedic surgeries and become thoroughly acquainted with our electronic medical records system, experiences that have prepared me well for medical school training and our modernizing healthcare system. Most importantly, I’ve started to develop the mindset of a physician, learning to anticipate the needs of patients and doctors before they present. This level of experience and perspective has greatly bolstered the foundation of my medical education and undoubtedly strengthened my readiness for medical school.

Ariana Eginli – USC Keck School of Medicine

My name is Ariana Eginli and I graduated from USC in May 2010 with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Bioethics.  I decided to take two years off before attending medical school.  Last year, I traveled to Armenia where I shadowed a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.   After seeing how this doctor changed the lives of children who were suffering from congenital deformities, I became passionate about orthopedics.   I am ecstatic about developing my interest in orthopedics and medicine through the Stetson Powell Orthopedics internship position.

As an intern, I am responsible for interviewing patients, presenting their cases to the doctors, and entering their information in electronic medical records.   Through this internship, I am gaining valuable insight into the rigorous training I will receive as a medical student.   I am lucky to be learning from the best, and I regularly find meaning, fulfillment, and enjoyment in the work I do.  I look forward to meeting all of Stetson Powell Orthopedics’ wonderful patients and providing them with the high-quality personalized care that Stetson Powell Orthopedics embodies.

While I work here, I am busy applying to medical schools and was recently admitted to USC’s Keck School of Medicine.  I also have upcoming interviews at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Nuriel Moghavem – Stanford University School of Medicine

STETSON POWELL UPDATE:  Nuriel Moghavem is currently a 3rd year medical student at Stanford School of Medicine in a five-year MD/MPP program. He has an interest in health policy, with particular emphasis on quality improvement and on social determinants of health. He is a Delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates and is the Chair of the California Medical Association’s Medical Student Section. (04/23/2015)

I graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Neuroscience in May 2011 and knew I wanted to spend a year working full-time in a clinical setting before beginning medical school. I wanted to better understand the daily work that goes into busy medical practice and gain valuable experience in patient care in order to be a better doctor. I applied to the premedical internship at Stetson Powell after finding it on Columbia’s jobs board and, after taking a trip here to Burbank for an interview, accepted the position. I started two weeks after graduation and could not have asked for a more exciting and relevant introduction to full-time medicine.

The internship guarantees that I will be one of the best-prepared first-year students in medical school.  I am mastering the arts of history-taking, electronic record-keeping and communication between medical professionals. I have a birds-eye view on the timeline of patient care;  I interact with patients on their first visit, see them though conservative management, observe them in surgery, and monitor them during recovery. Interviewing up to 25 patients in a given day with completely different stories, conditions and backgrounds also gives me a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and develop the kinds of patient/provider relationships that are so crucial to establish as a doctor. Under world-class surgeons who invest themselves personally in my growth, I am learning to think and act like a physician.

Robert Whitehill – University of North Carolina Medical School

STETSON POWELL UPDATE:  Robert is currently working at Pediatric Children’s Hospital in Boston.

The Stetson Powell Internship Program was nothing short of a life-changing experience. When I began working at Stetson Powell, I was thrilled by the opportunity to have daily exposure to medicine and the requirements of operating an orthopedic office. The internship provided me with the chance to not only glimpse first hand the life of a physician but also gave me an early education in clinical skills that is not available elsewhere. Whether learning to interview patients, reviewing imaging studies or discussing diagnoses and treatment options with the physicians, the medical education offered was an invaluable springboard to my future career. While working at Stetson Powell I also had the chance to follow patients from their first visit to the office through the entire course of their treatment, an experience I found both rewarding and satisfying. In light of all of the attractive features of the internship, perhaps what I value most from my time at Stetson Powell was the chance to learn from the renowned physicians who quickly became lifelong mentors. The physicians personally invested themselves in my medical career and I still count them among my most valued teachers and counselors. I strive to one day emulate them in my future career and am grateful for the opportunity they gave me to join the Stetson Powell team.

Anna Kukhta – Tufts University School of Medicine

I graduated from UCLA with a B.A in psychology and a strong passion to become a doctor. After graduation, I decided to take a year off to work and take a break from studying. With graduation looming on the horizon, I began looking for full-time employment. Initially, I was not certain as to what I wanted to do during my year off and was open to all possibilities. I found the Stetson Powell Orthopedics internship on UCLA’s employment website. I was very excited for the opportunity to work with such respected physicians; however, I was unsure as to what the job would entail.

This position provides me with the opportunity to have a birds-eye-view into the life of a physician. I do not just see glamorous and exciting aspects of being a doctor, but also the many difficulties that come with living a life of a physician. This internship has allowed me to learn the art of history taking and patient communication. As pre-medical interns, we are treated like medical students and are taught to think, feel and act as physicians. This is a great opportunity which has allowed me to shadow and work with world-class surgeons, who have taught me the necessary skills to succeed in medical school.

Shalen Kouk – Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

STETSON POWELL UPDATE:  Shalen has graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has begun his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases.

While attending Cornell University, I decided that I wanted to take some time off after graduation and work prior to attending medical school. The pre-med intern position at Stetson Powell Orthopedics and Sports Medicine was the perfect opportunity during that period of time. Not only did I learn the basis of interviewing patients, but I was also able to observe surgeries, work on research projects and even travel to Cuba for a medical mission. The internship greatly strengthened my medical school application and I am now a student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. It also helped to prepare me for school and I feel that the internship has put me ahead of my peers.

Sara Karinja – Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City

I was an intern at SPO from 2012 to 2013. I am currently a 2nd year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. I am in my major clinical year which means I am rotating through the major specialties in medicine. Working as an intern at SPO prepared me for the challenge of working with different clinicians with different approaches, taught me the importance of communication & teamwork skills, and helped me to develop my own bedside rapport with patients. As a premedical student, I was challenged at SPO with many of the same challenges I face now as a medical student: learning medicine, taking care of patients, and working with a team. It was singlehandedly the most clinically relevant, and thus most important, experience of my premedical career. Thanks to Drs. Stetson, Powell and Lee, as well as Patty, Suzie, Barbara, Billie and Scott for such an educational and amazing experience!