Since 2007, Stetson Lee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has offered a year-long, paid internship program for recent college graduates planning on attending medical school the following year. Our interns work directly with the physicians and medical team, learning an electronic medical record system, how to take a medical, social and family history, and how to record a physical examination. Interns review X-rays and MRIs from the in-office open 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, and ankle. They engage in ongoing research projects with the goal of publishing their projects in peer-reviewed journals. 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 orthopaedics is preferred, but not required as this experience will help all aspiring doctors.
Here is what some of our interns have said about the program:
"I know that the lessons I learned from the patients, coworkers, and doctors will serve me for the rest of my career."
- Jonathan C. (Class of 2018)
"This internship has prepared me for success throughout the entirety of my medical career"
- Shane D. (Class of 2013)
"[This internship] greatly bolstered the foundation of my medical education and undoubtedly strengthened my readiness for medical school."
- Jordan S. (Class of 2013)
Who is this internship for?
Our program is designed as a gap-year opportunity for recent college graduates who plan to matriculate into medical school at the end of the internship.
Do I have to be local to Los Angeles to apply?
No, that is not a requirement. Our interns come from all corners of the country and we encourage all students who are interested to apply irrespective of location.
What can I expect to learn?
You will learn how to navigate electronic medical record systems, take patient histories, present to physicians, and how to record physical examinations, all while gaining a good understanding of general musculoskeletal anatomy. You will also learn the fundamentals of reading orthopaedic X-rays and MRIs. We provide interns with the opportunity to shadow arthroscopic and open surgeries, most often of the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist and ankle.