Newsletter Image August Justin EvansThe Office for Diversity and Inclusion has four cornerstone goals.

• Build an institution free from discrimination of any kind;
• Create excellence by cultivating diversity;
• Promote the career development of our diverse workforce;
• Enhance the recruitment and retention of students, trainees, and staff from those underrepresented in medicine.

To help bring the fourth goal to fruition, last year ODI welcomed Justin Evans, Program Manager I, to serve as a dedicated resource and bridge between undergraduate medical education (UME) and graduate medical education (GME). For Justin, this means that while his position technically sits with the GME team, he will physically be located in the UME-Student Affairs office.

 This dynamic helps keep Justin apprised of the different residency opportunities available while simultaneously allowing him to build relationships with our underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students.

Justin explains, “As a resource for students, I am here to introduce them to GME and the things we’re doing to promote diversity and inclusion. For each student, this may look different. Sometimes, the need might involve raising awareness for the mentoring portal; other times, my work could primarily be seeking out programs that offer URiM students the best stipends.”

Justin came to UAB from Huntingdon College, where he managed student success programs. In this role, Justin expressed the importance of being comfortable with learning. When asked how his previous experience will help the medical students at UAB, he commented, “I love being a jack-of-all-trades, finding out what a particular student needs and having the capacity to help them. If I don’t know, I always tell them, ‘I don’t know YET.’ Then, I start researching to get students the answers they need.”

To enhance the recruitment and retention of URiM students, ODI must nurture the pipeline that runs from medical students to residents and fellows and, ultimately, UAB faculty. By giving students consistent support throughout their time at UAB, the team provides a service that they want students to know isn’t going away just because they graduate from medical school. Justin adds, “I am here to show them that while the services we offer UME and GME are different—just by the nature of what they need—there are still going to be resources available. We are still here to help them grow academically and in their careers.”

If you’re a medical student, resident, or fellow and have questions for Justin, please email him at justinevans@uabmc.edu.