Stephanie Stahl, a well-known health reporter, has recently been selected for the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative. This program is aimed at encouraging 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, Stahl is one of only 30 individuals in the United States to be chosen for this prestigious initiative. She spoke highly of the NFL’s efforts, stating that it has been an amazing opportunity.
Stahl is particularly passionate about increasing diversity within the field of sports medicine. According to her, less than 2% of orthopedic surgeons are Black, and even fewer are Black women. She believes it’s crucial to change this trend, especially when treating professional football players who often look like her or other people of color.
As part of her training rotation, Stahl was placed with the New York Jets to gain firsthand experience working in an NFL club setting. While she learned a lot during this time, she felt that understanding how patients were managed was just as important as sheer knowledge.
Despite her current placement with the Jets, Stahl confessed that working for the Eagles would still be a dream come true. As a lifelong fan of the team, she admits that she might not always be entirely objective in her reporting on them. Nevertheless, her passion for sports medicine began when she was young and has stayed with her throughout her life. She hopes to see more diversity in this field in the future and is excited to continue contributing to it through her work with the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative.