Jul 19, 2023
NFL announces 2023 ‘Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline’ participants

The National Football League (NFL), together with the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), announced the roster of medical students who will participate in the second year of the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative, which aims to increase and diversify the pipeline of students interested in pursuing careers in sports medicine and, over time, help to diversify NFL club medical staffs.

The students’ clinical rotations will begin as training camps open for the 2023 NFL season next week.

diversityLast year’s pilot program hosted 14 students at eight NFL clubs. This season, the program will expand league-wide to more than double the number of students in the program’s second year. Diverse students from 19 medical schools will complete clinical rotations with NFL club medical staffs focused on primary care sports medicine and/or orthopedic surgery.

Participating students hail from the country’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) medical schools as well as other medical schools local to NFL clubs.

“The NFL and our club medical staffs are thrilled to welcome these impressive medical students from around the country to the league this season,” said NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills. “The league-wide expansion of the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative this season demonstrates strong interest in sports medicine from diverse and under-represented medical students and is indicative of our clubs’ commitment to diversity in all facets of the game.”

The students participating in the program for the 2023 season include:

Name Medical School NFL Club
Temitope Elutilo-Ayoola Morehouse School of Medicine Arizona Cardinals
Brandon Chiedo Morehouse School of Medicine Atlanta Falcons
Safwan Hyder Georgetown University School of Medicine Baltimore Ravens
Mohamed Bah University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Buffalo Bills
Alexis Restrepo Wake Forest University School of Medicine Carolina Panthers
Tyler Kelly University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville Chicago Bears
Alexandria Williams Morehouse School of Medicine Cincinnati Bengals
Penelope Halkiadakis Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland Browns
Imari Parham Meharry Medical College Dallas Cowboys
Adrianna Hayden Meharry Medical College Denver Broncos
Tamarandobra “Dobra” Ogeh Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Detroit Lions
Analisa Narro McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston Houston Texans
Adam Munoz Morehouse School of Medicine Indianapolis Colts
Lancelot Benn Howard University College of Medicine Jacksonville Jaguars
Patrick Baki University of Kansas School of Medicine Kansas City Chiefs
Cameron Harris Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Las Vegas Raiders
Daniel Cordova Charles R. Drew University Los Angeles Chargers
Nonye Ikeanyi Charles R. Drew University Los Angeles Rams
Nicholas Cavil Meharry Medical College Miami Dolphins
Hassan Mian University of Minnesota Minnesota Vikings
Bryan Beaubrun Howard University College of Medicine New England Patriots
Schyler Morton Meharry Medical College New Orleans Saints
Valdemar Wany Morehouse School of Medicine New York Giants
Azra Dees Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University New York Jets
David Jimenez Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Eagles
Warren Austin University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh Steelers
Bella Gomez Stanford University School of Medicine San Francisco 49ers
Brian Cedeño University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle Seahawks
Jamie Maignan Morehouse School of Medicine Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Morgan Williams Meharry Medical College Tennessee Titans
Robert Emeh Howard University College of Medicine Washington Commanders

A complete roster of the 2023 participating students can be found here.

During their one-month rotations, students will observe and participate in the care of NFL players, working directly with and under the supervision of the orthopedic team physicians, primary care team physicians and athletic trainers to gain medical knowledge and exposure to patient care in sports medicine. Additionally, students will become familiar with return-to-play guidelines and on-field treatment considerations for NFL players. By the end of the rotation, students will understand the basic elements of all facets of care provided to NFL players from an orthopedic, primary care sports medicine and athletic training perspective.

“We are incredibly excited to participate in the second year of such an impactful and important diversity program,” said NFLPS President and San Francisco 49ers head team physician Timothy McAdams, MD. “Mentorship is a critical component of recruiting students into our field, so we’re thrilled to immerse more talented medical students with diverse backgrounds into the NFL clubs’ medical communities. We’re all looking forward to watching this program continue to grow and impact more medical students in years to come.”

As the program continues to grow, the league aims to further expand the pipeline initiative in the coming years to include additional disciplines, spanning additional roles in the NFL’s player care “Team Behind the Team” including physician assistants, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists and behavioral health clinicians.

The Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative is part of the league’s broader commitment to ensure that staff and leaders in the league office and at NFL clubs reflect the racial and gender makeup of America. Among NFL club medical staffs, the initiative builds on existing efforts to recruit and hire diverse medical staff when positions become available across all roles, and to increase diversity across NFL medical committees.

Students participating in the program this year expressed enthusiasm about the opportunity and optimism about the future of diversity in sports medicine.

*This is an issued press release from the NFL. 

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