Welcome to UAB Connect!

Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Program

What is it?

UAB Connect is a mentorship portal designed to make it easier for students and housestaff at UAB from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine to find and connect with faculty mentors from similar backgrounds. 

What for?

We understand that while establishing meaningful mentorship relationships is critical for academic success, finding the right mentor(s) can be very hard to do. UAB Connect is here to make the process easier for students and trainees.  

Who is the target?

The first phase of the program targets mentees and mentors from racial and ethnic minorities that are traditionally underrepresented in medicine, compared to the patient population in Alabama. Very soon, we plan to invite other groups in this initiative as well, to include those from rural hometowns, those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and first generation medical students. In the future, we also plan to include LGBTQ individuals and religious minority groups in this initiative. 

What’s next?

Students and residents 

If you are interested in establishing a relationship with a faculty mentor, click here to find one.  First, enter your Blazer ID and password. On the next page, fill out at least one of the search fields (you can select more than one field to narrow your search). Faculty members who fit the criteria will result. If desired, you can also browse the faculty member’s official UAB profile by clicking the “view faculty profile” link.  Email your potential mentor and let him or her know that you would like to establish a mentorship relationship and why. Remember to tell them that you found them through the UAB Connect program.

Faculty

If you are interested in becoming a faculty mentor, click here. First, enter your Blazer ID and password. On the next page, fill out your mentor profile.  When you have 2-3 mentees, please log back in and indicate that you are no longer accepting mentees. We recommend that you update your UAB faculty page (scholars.uab.edu), though this is not necessary to participate in the program. 

Follow up 

We want UAB Connect to be a useful resource for students, residents and faculty. Because of this, we will ask mentees to fill out an evaluation form every quarter. In the long-run, we hope to study the effects of the program on student well-being and retention at UAB. 

Future Directions

Remember, the first phase of the program is targeted at racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine. We plan to include the other groups mentioned above as soon as logistically feasible (rural, economically disadvantaged, first generation medical students, LGBTQ and religious minorities). Stay tuned!

If there are any questions or comments about the program, please contact Tera Howard: tfhoward@uabmc.eduusing the subject line UAB Connect.