real world experience

Real World Experience

We partner with several outstanding universities to offer aspiring medical school students an opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience in an orthopaedic clinic environment. These students work hand-in-hand with physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers through the development and collection of research data.

To learn more about our program, contact Allison Nall.

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Current Intern

Current Intern

John Benedetto


Where Are They Now?

Isaiah Jackson

USC School of Medicine Greenville '24

Isaiah interned at the Hawkins Foundation in the Fall of 2019 while attending Clemson University. He returned after his first year of medical school in the summer of 2021 and has continued to work on research projects throughout his time at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. He is currently a 4th year medical student in the United States Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program and will be applying to Orthopedic Surgery residency for the upcoming 2023-2024 match. 

Ashley Bee Anderson, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon, A.T. Augusta Military Medical Center

Ashley (LCDR Ashley B. Anderson, MD) was a Hawkins Foundation intern from 2010 to 2011, a Research Assistant from 2011-2016, and returned after her first year of medical   school in the summer of 2013. She earned her medical degree from the Medical  University of South Carolina in 2016. She completed her orthopaedic surgery training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in 2022. She is currently stationed at A.T. Augusta Military Medical Center (ATAMMC). She is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and a physician-scientist for the Limb Optimization and Osseointegration Program (LOOP) at WRNMMC.

Hunter Bohon

USC School of Medicine Greenville '25

Hunter interned with the Hawkins Foundation in the summer of 2019 before beginning his senior year at Clemson University.  After graduating, Hunter took a gap year in which he worked as a full-time Research Assistant for the Hawkins Foundation. He enrolled in the Class of 2025 at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in the fall of 2021. Through his time with the Hawkins Foundation, Hunter has worked on multiple research projects and has been credited as coauthor on a handful of publications. He is currently in his third year of medical school and is pursuing a career as a Sports Medicine physician.

"In retrospect now, as an orthopaedic resident and now as a staff surgeon I feel like the time at the Hawkins Foundation was almost a mini sports fellowship that has prepared me well for each step along the journey both as a clinician and scientist. It gave me a network of life long mentors. I was also inspired to focus on continued clinical curiosity as well as the importance of evidence based medicine, a team approach, and patient outcome centered care."

- Ashley Bee Anderson, MD

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