As part of an NFL diversity initiative, 14 students from historically Black college and university (HBCU) medical schools will work for the first time on the staffs of NFL clubs this season.
The goal of the joint program – together with the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society (PFATS) – is to increase staff diversity across sports medicine.
The students are from four U.S. HBCU medical schools: Morehouse School of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Howard University College of Medicine, and Meharry Medical College.
They students will be working with eight NFL teams: the Atlanta Falcons, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Los Angeles Rams, the LA Chargers, the New York Giants, the San Francisco 49ers, the Tennessee Titans, and the Washington Commanders.
The students’ one-month clinical rotations will start in September with the 2022 NFL season. Orthopedic team physicians, primary care team physicians, and athletic trainers will supervise.