Get Started on Mayo Clinic Connect

Step-by-step instructions to help you get the most out of Connect.

  1. Click Join in the top right corner.
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Click CONTINUE. 
  4. You'll receive a verification email. Verify your email address by clicking the link in the email we sent you. Check your spam if you do not receive the email.
  5. Read and scroll to bottom of Terms of Use, and click AGREE & CONTINUE.
  6. Choose a unique password.
  7. Choose a username. Your username is the nickname that represents you and that is visible to other members.
    • You do not have to use your real name if you wish to remain anonymous.
    • Usernames cannot be changed. Create a username that you'll like a year from now.
    • Shorter usernames are better (10 characters or less).
  8. Keep the box checked that says “Receive emails related to activity and events on Mayo Clinic Connect.” to receive alerts about activity on the site (recommended).
    • You can change your notification preferences in your Account Setting at any time.
  9. Click ACTIVATE MY ACCOUNT.

Congratulations. You are now a registered member of Mayo Clinic Connect.

Next steps: Learn how to Follow a Group and Take Part in a Discussion.

If you're already have a Connect account, here’s how to sign in to your account.


  1. Click Sign In in the upper right.
  2. Enter your email and password.
  3. Click Sign In.

Next steps: Learn how to Update Your Profile and Take Part in a Discussion.


  1. Click the menu (☰) in the top right corner.
  2. Select Groups, then Group Directory.
  3. Click Follow beside the group or groups you find interesting.

To unsubscribe and no longer receive notifications about a group, click Following.

Next Steps: Learn about the email digest and how to Set Notification Preferences.


  1. Click the menu (☰) in the top right corner.
  2. Select Groups, then Group Directory.
  3. Click a group that interests you and scroll to review recent discussions.
  4. Click the title of a discussion. This will take you to the discussion thread where you can read all the messages.
  5. Click Comment and write your message.
    • @mention any members you'd like to specifically reply to
    • Stay on topic. Or start a new discussion if you'd like to talk about something different in the group.
  6. Click Comment to publish your post.

Next Steps: How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe from a Discussion and Set Notification Preferences.


TIP: Before starting a new discussion, you may want to use Search to see if there is already a discussion for your topic or question that you can join. Learn How to Search on Connect.

  1. Click the menu (☰) in the top right corner.
  2. Select Groups, then Group Directory.
  3. Click a group that interests you.
  4. Scroll the list of recent discussions or Search the Group to see if your question has been asked and answered by other members.
  5. Click Start a Discussion.
  6. Enter a title on the topic you want to discuss.
    • Briefly describe the topic to help others find it.
  7. Write your message.
  8. Click POST DISCUSSION.

Next Steps: How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe from a Discussion and See My Activity.


As on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Connect allows you to mention other members so they are alerted to your post.

To mention another Connect member:

  1. Type "@" and member's @username.
  2. Select a name from the list that appears.

When you mention a person, they will get an email notification that you mentioned them in a post. It will also create a link to the member’s profile in the message.

When another member mentions you in a discussion, you will be subscribed and will receive email notifications when new messages are added.

TIP: Replies and @mentions: How do I know who is replying to whom?

Next Steps: How to Add and Edit My Profile and Subscribe or Unsubscribe from a Discussion.


You can send a private message to another Connect member or group of members.

  1. Click the member's username. This will bring you to the member’s profile page.
  2. Click Send Private Message.
    Send PM
  3. Write a subject and your message.
    • You can add other members to the private message by typing their usernames in Add Recipients (Do not include @).
  4. Click Send Message.

Next Steps: How to Add and Edit My Profile


Personalize your account. Member profiles lets you tell people about yourself and helps you find others.

  1. Go to your Profile.
    • Click your profile picture in the top right and select Profile & Settings.
  2. Click EDIT to add or edit your:
    • Name (optional)
    • Bio (Tell us about you. Max 500 characters.)
    • Profile photo (Use JPG, JPEG, JPE, PNG or GIF format. Less than 5MB in size.)
  3. Click SAVE PROFILE.
  4. Click “I’m Done Editing.

Your profile also shows the Groups and Blogs you follow, and the messages you’ve posted. You can edit the Groups and Blogs you follow in your profile.

Next Steps: How to Set Notification Preferences.


Control when and how often Mayo Clinic Connect sends email notifications to you. You can change your notification preferences any time.

  1. Go to Profile & Settings.
    • Click your avatar in the top right and select Profile & Settings.
  2. Select the Settings tab.
  3. Scroll down to Email Notifications.
  4. Click +Edit beside each category and choose to receive email notifications for each post, in your digest only or to unfollow.

Next Steps: How to customize your notifications and settings and Add and Edit My Profile.

Advanced Tip: How to Filter Connect emails into an Email Folder


Do you want to get an email for every post?
For some groups or blogs, you may wish to get an email or on-site notification for every new post in real time (as they are posted). 

To follow a group or blog and get every message in your inbox or on-site notifications:

  1. Select the group or blog from the Group Directory or Blog Directory.
  2. Click the ellipsis symbol (⋯) to see Actions for this Group.
  3. Select Get emails for all new posts in the group.

Mute a discussion thread
Sometimes you may wish to follow a group and get every email, but there is a specific discussion that you’re not interested in. You can stop emails for that discussion by muting it.

  1. Go to the discussion.
  2. Click the ellipsis symbol (⋯) below the first post to see Actions for this Discussion, and select Mute this Discussion.


  1. Go to your Profile & Settings.
    • Click your avatar in the top right and select Profile & Settings.
  2. Click +Edit
  3. Select the Turn off all email notifications checkbox.
  4. Click SAVE.

To start receiving notifications again, simply repeat the instructions and Enable email notifications. Your previous settings will be re-instated.

More useful tips:

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