As part of the league’s efforts to increase the number of black team physicians and medical professionals, four historic black medical colleges in the United States will provide eight NFL teams with students for a month-long clinical tour in the 2022 season.
The NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative, announced by the Tuesday League, the NFL Physician Society and the Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society, will begin with two students on each team. One student will be employed in primary care medicine, the other in orthopedic surgery. All first-year students in the program will come from Howard University College of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meheri Medical College, and Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.
The NFL plans to expand the initiative to black students in all medical colleges next year and to include all 32 teams, the league’s chief medical officer said. Allen Sills said in a media conference call on Tuesday.
Dr. Sills cited a study published in October 2021 Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine That said, 86 percent of physicians and 65 percent of athletic trainers identify NFL teams as white.
“As organizations, we want to come together to say that this is a problem that we want to solve, that we want to be thinking leaders, and that we want to bring together programs that can constructively address the pipeline for climate change. We see today, “he said.
Dr. Lisa Berkeley, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Residency Program at Charles Drew University, talks about the importance of having sports medicine suppliers who look like patients, the athletes they serve, those who can relate and some of the effects of social factors on overall health. . “
He also said of the students, “It’s important to see other providers who look like you, and this exposure is very important in sports medicine, because it has a lot of opportunities that you need to cover a team or be open to sports.”