Morehouse School of Medicine and NFL Announce 2023 Roster of MSM Students Participating in League-Wide Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative
Six MSM medical students will complete month-long clinical rotations with NFL club medical staff during the 2023 season.
ATLANTA and NEW YORK – JULY 19, 2023 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the National Football League (NFL), together with the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society (PFATS), today announced the roster of six MSM students who will participate in the second year of the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative. The national program aims to increase and diversify the pipeline of students interested in pursuing careers in sports medicine and, over time, to help diversify NFL club medical staff. The student's clinical rotations will begin as training camps open for the 2023 NFL season next week.
The Morehouse School of Medicine students participating in the program for the 2023 season are:
|Temitope Elutilo-Ayoola||Arizona Cardinals|
|Brandon Chiedo||Atlanta Falcons|
|Alexandria Williams||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Adam Munoz||Indianapolis Colts|
|Valdemar Wany||New York Giants|
|Jamie Maignan||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
A complete roster of participating students is available here.
“Morehouse School of Medicine is honored that six of our students were selected to be part of the 2023 NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative,” said Joseph Adrian Tyndall, MD, MPH, Morehouse School of Medicine Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean. “The experience our students will obtain through this primary care and orthopedic sports medicine clinical rotation is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that demonstrates the NFL’s commitment to diversifying the healthcare workforce.”
Morehouse School of Medicine and its three fellow Historically Black medical schools (HBMSs) participated in the initiative's pilot program last year with three MSM students among the 14 students total who were hosted by 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 MSM and 18 other medical schools will complete clinical rotations with NFL club medical staffs focused on primary care sports medicine and/or orthopedic surgery.
“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.”
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.”
“What an exciting time to launch the second year of the Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative,” said Reggie Scott, PFATS Past President and Los Angeles Rams Vice President, Sports Medicine and Performance. “The league-wide expansion is just a testament to the commitment of diversity initiatives in the health and safety space in the NFL. We look forward to the continued growth with this program to create opportunities and experiences for so many diverse medical students.”
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.
For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, please visit MSM.edu.
About Morehouse School of Medicine
Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically-Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission — the creation and advancement of health equity. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit MSM.edu or call 404-752-1500.
Jamille Bradfield, Morehouse School of Medicine
Kelly Langmesser, NFL
Amy Weiss, NFLPS
Leslie Weir, PFATS