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Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM)

Launched at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2018, U-HELM provides mentoring and leadership development opportunities to junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented populations in the health sciences or involved in health equity research and practice. A new cohort of approximately 14 U-HELM fellows is selected annually through an application process. U-HELM fellows move through a yearlong curriculum of monthly seminars and networking events that focus on traditional academic career development as well as topics related to cultural identity and challenges of systemic racism. In addition, fellows are matched with a senior-level faculty mentor to address issues of leadership and cultural identity. U-HELM mentors are trained in cultural diversity with methods proven to enhance mentoring effectiveness. U-HELM is designed to supplement, not replace, research or academic discipline mentoring relationships.

U-HELM was founded by Dr. Molly Conroy, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. April Mohanty, Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and U-HELM Alumna, joined the program in 2020 as a co-director. Administrative support is provided by the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

Eligible applicants are current junior faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and fellows. Please apply here.