Stephanie Stahl, an Emmy Award-winning health reporter, has been selected as one of 30 individuals from the United States for the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative. The program was developed by the NFL to encourage medical students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in sports medicine.
As a fourth-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Azra Dees is also part of this initiative. Dees believes that the program has been amazing and hopes it will continue to inspire more medical students to pursue careers in sports medicine. She recognizes that there is a lack of diversity within the field, with under 2% of orthopedic surgeons being Black, and even fewer being Black women.
Dees understands that it’s important for professional football players to see people who take care of them that look like them. As a lifelong Eagles fan, she was placed with the New York Jets for her training rotation to gain firsthand experience working in an NFL club setting. While she admits working for the Eagles would be a dream, Dees hopes that her interest in sports medicine started when she was a young dancer will inspire others to pursue this field and bring more diversity into it.