UAB Connect


UAB Connect is a mentorship portal designed to make it easier for UAB SOM students and residents from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine to find and connect with faculty mentors from similar backgrounds. To learn more, click one of the questions below. 

Why is it important?

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 uses UAB Connect?

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, including 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 do I do when I find a match?

Mentees, please click this link to let us know when you have made a match with a mentor. You will be asked to provide your mentor's name. If you have more than one mentor, list all of them.

We want UAB Connect to be a useful resource for students, residents, and faculty. Because of this, we ask each mentee to fill out an evaluation form each quarter for each mentor. Please click here to find the evaluation form. In the long run, we hope to study the effects of the program on student and resident well-being and retention at UAB.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If there are any questions or comments about the program, please contact Justin Evans at justinevans@uabmc.edu using the subject line UAB Connect.

For IT support, please email meis@uab.edu or call 205-934-6620.

 

Ready to get started? 

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If you are interested in finding a mentor or becoming a mentor, choose one of the boxes below. On the next page, you will be prompted to enter your Blazer ID and password.

Note: 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!

UAB Connect Student Resident UAB Connect Mentor


Students and residents

If you are interested in establishing a relationship with a faculty mentor, click the green (left) box above.  On the next page, you will be asked to enter your Blazer ID and password. When prompted, 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, choose the yellow (right) box above. On the next page, enter your Blazer ID and password. When you're in the portal, 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.