Early Stage Career Peer Mentoring Group

The Early Career Peer Mentoring Group is designed to provide insight into the transition from trainee to faculty. Mentees receive help with logistics, academic and NIH expectations, advice on transitioning grant resources, coaching on how to navigate interpersonal relationships, and guidance on managing the stresses of an academic career.

Peer Mentors are themselves early career investigators who have successfully secured an NIH K-award or equivalent career development award and have volunteered to share their expertise with peers about pursuing a career development award or other appropriate career trajectories. Peer Mentors are meant to complement the expertise and wisdom of senior research mentors with timely peer support and guidance about launching a career as a new MD or PhD faculty member.


Participant Testimonial

Wondering if this group is right for you? One of our participants who earned a K award in 2017 has this to say:

The Early Career Peer Mentoring Group provided step by step help as I was developing my independent academic career. I was able to get feedback from experienced faculty members as I was moving forward with my faculty position interviews. My mentor even shared some of her contacts at other universities, so I was able to get honest feedback about the departments where I was interviewing. She is not only a mentor, she is also a good friend with whom I am able to discuss all of my concerns and trust her opinions. 


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If you are interested in a mentor, please complete our interest form.

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Current Mentors:

Sushant Bhatnagar, PhD, Endocrinology
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Subhashini Bolisetty, PhD, Nephrology
email | faculty profile

Greer Burkholder, MD, MSPH, Infectious Diseases. 
email | faculty profile

Tiffany Carson, PhD, MPH, Preventive Medicine
email | faculty profile

Latesha Elopre, MD, MSPH, Infectious Diseases
email | faculty profile

Nathaniel Erdmann, MD, PhD
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Kirk Habegger, PhD, Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism

email | faculty profile

Chad Hunter, PhD, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
email | faculty profile

Kelly Hyndman, PhD, Nephrology
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Christina Muzny, MD, Infectious Diseases
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Colin Reily, PhD, Nephrology
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Gabrielle Rocque, MD
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Peer Mentoring Resources

UAB School of Medicine Professional Development Office

The UAB School of Medicine Professional Development Office provides confidential counseling, consultation and coaching for medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows and faculty within the School of Medicine/UAB Medicine. Whether you have a personal or professional concern, we are committed to your physical, emotional and professional well-being. Some common reasons people seek us out are for stress management, depression, anxiety, burnout, family and relationship issues, communication difficulties, substance abuse issues, and career/academic concerns.

Phone: 205.731.9799

Contact: Sandra Frazier, MD, Medical Director

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UAB Faculty Ombuds Office

The UAB Faculty Ombuds Office is a neutral resource available to all faculty. The office operates under the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the International Ombudsman Association. At the Ombuds Office, we offer a confidential place to discuss workplace issues, academic concerns, issues relating to administrative paperwork and process, explanation and interpretation of policies and procedures, and many other problems.

Phone: 205.975.3748

Contact: Michelle Fanucchi, PhD – Faculty Ombudsperson UAB Office of Post-Doctoral Education

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UAB Office of Post-Doctoral Education

The UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education and the UAB Postdoc Association work together to develop career opportunities that enhance and define the training experience for all postdoctoral scholars at UAB.

Phone: 205.934.3970

Contact: Lisa Schwiebert, PhD – Associate Dean

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UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The CCTS is a great resource available to everyone in the UAB community. There is a specific emphasis on Career Development that includes a K writing Group, NIH application advice and examples, Mentoring, and a CTS training program.

Phone 205.934.7442

Primary Contact: Jean Lambert , MA - Investigator Liaison

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Panels Done Quickly (PDQ)

This ad hoc peer group is tailored to scientific content and application needs. Agile and responsive in short time frame. Ideal for research strategies that are in advanced draft state, likely toward a deadline within the proximate 6 weeks.

Phone: 205.934.6670

Contact: Angela L. Schmeckebier, Program Director I

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Provide Feedback on Your Experience

If you have completed the Early Career Peer Mentoring Group, please fill out our post-group evaluation.