Triad Business Journal: Wake Forest University medical student selected to rotate with Carolina Panthers as part of NFL diversity in sports medicine initiative

Aug 14, 2023

Alexis Restrepo, a fourth year medical student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been selected as one of 32 medical students from 19 medical schools across the country to participate in the NFL’s Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative.

Restrepo will complete a one-month clinical rotation with the Carolina Panthers, where she will observe and participate in the care of players and work directly with and under the supervision of the team physicians — some of whom are physicians at Atrium Health, the official health care provider of the Carolina Panthers — and the athletic trainers.

“The NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative will allow me to gain practical exposure to professional-level sports medicine, along with meaningful connections, support and mentorship in the sports medicine field,” said Restrepo, who participated in soccer, tennis and swimming while she was in high school. “I cannot wait to learn more about what it means to be a team physician and apply the skills and knowledge I gain to my future career in orthopaedics.”

“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,” said Dr. Timothy McAdams, president of the NFL Physicians Society. “We’re all looking forward to watching this program continue to grow and impact more medical students in years to come.”

Read the full story at the Triad Business Journal here.