Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the NFL’s only active player who doubles as a physician, and now he’s on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec.
Duvernay-Tardif told Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop that he wanted to help health workers during the pandemic, and make use of his doctorate, despite the fact that he did not have a specialty or a license to practice, which posed a problem.
Health ministry officials in Canada, however, recently started a campaign to recruit all health care professionals and experts, including students, meaning Duvernay-Tardif just needed permission from the Chiefs to put on his scrubs.
After completing a crash course, where he was refreshed on all the basics, he was assigned to work at a long-term care facility on April 24.
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