With the release of the new year, there’s been an outpouring of support for black physicians across the NFL.
Now, that support has led to the creation of a Black Doctors Association to be formally formed in April.
“It’s a group of black doctors that we can all look up to, and that’s really what we’re trying to do,” Dr. Tanya Farrar told ESPN.
“Our goal is to empower and give back to our community, so that they can have a voice and feel comfortable about their doctor and their medical practices.”
The Black Doctors Academy will have about 100 members by the start of the season, and will have a goal of being in operation by 2020.
“We are here to empower you as a physician to have confidence and be able to be your own advocate, and be proud of what you do, and feel good about it,” Farrard told ESPN during the inaugural Black Doctors Conference.
“We are all the same.
We’re all doctors and we’re all humans.
We can all work together.”
The Association will have its first training session in February, but the members will be able earn the designation as soon as the 2018 season begins.
“The idea is that we’re going to have training sessions in the summer, and we want to do everything from our offices, our homes, our offices in other cities, and to be in a group to be a group leader in terms of where we want our members to practice, how we want them to practice,” Farar said.
“And then we’re gonna have our annual conference.
It’s going to be really good because it’s going out to a lot of other people.
It will be a great group of people that we’ve been able to grow around and build a network with.”
The goal is for the Black Doctors Alliance to become the face of black physicians in the NFL, and the league has already started recruiting black doctors to its team.
“There are a lot more opportunities that are open than you realize,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Now you have the opportunity to be that person who can say, ‘Hey, we’re black doctors and here’s how we’re doing this, we know how to treat you like a human being, and here are some opportunities that we think you can help us.'”
Farrars, who is the president of the NFL Black Doctors Organization, is not just focused on the association’s first training, but also the training and mentorship opportunities for the new members.
“You can tell me, what do you think about being the face and leader for this?
What are your thoughts on mentorship and working with people in your profession?”
“I’m not really looking for that right now, but I want to see how the association grows and gets out to more people.”
The training will be conducted by Dr. John Thomas, a doctor in spas and orthopedic practices.
“What’s really interesting to me about Dr. Thomas, he’s an African-American doctor,” Fargar said, adding that he is “a person who has a lot to offer to people in the Black community.
He has a history of being a pioneer in medicine, and I think that’s important because there are a ton of people out there who have a history with him.”
“I just think it’s a really good group of doctors that can give back and help our community,” Farshar said of the BlackDoctors Association.
“Because right now there’s a lot people that are struggling to make it as doctors.
I think it will help them be better physicians.
It might help people who are struggling with their careers or their relationships.
And it might help them understand the issues that they’re dealing with.”
“There’s a long road ahead of us, but hopefully we can get a group together, and really start to be able see the benefits that we are providing our communities,” Fassar said in an interview with ESPN.