About Connect: Who, What & Why

Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community that connects people. In the About Connect page, find out more about Mayo Clinic Connect mentors, members and the community. Meet the team of Mayo Clinic moderators and how the community is managed.  Review the community guidelines and learn how you can get the most from your Connect experience.

Each week a Member Spotlight features a members of your Connect community. Follow the About Connect page to get updates about members and the community. 

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About Connect

Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community, connecting patients with each other. Each year, more than 1.3 million patients from every U.S. state and nearly 150 countries come to Mayo Clinic for care. Patients, their families and friends, and Mayo Clinic's more than 64,000 employees and students are part of the global Mayo Clinic community. Connect provides a place for community members to share their experiences and connect with those who've faced similar experiences.

How to Get Started

Follow a group, post a message and discover your network. Learn how you can get the most out of Connect in this step-by-step guide.

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General Community Guidelines

  • Be respectful and kind. Disagreements are fine, but mutual respect is a must.
  • Realize that sarcasm and joking will often be misunderstood.
  • Be careful about giving out medical advice — sharing your own experience is fine, but don't tell other members what they should do.
  • Know that abusive or offensive behavior is not tolerated.
    • Profanity, vulgarity and abusive language are out-of-bounds. Personal attacks against members or health care providers are not acceptable. Such posts will be removed.
  • Keep in mind that Connect is a public forum. Read more about how to use Connect safely and protect your privacy.

Discussion groups

Discussion groups are great places to interact with and learn from others. Get the most out of your experience in the discussion groups with these tips.

  • Help people find your topic. Discussions with specific titles will receive more responses and better participation.
  • Ask members of the community for their experience, advice or opinions.
  • Beware of telling other members how to use the site — it's better to share any concerns directly with the community moderators.

Learn about Why and How we Moderate and manage the community.

Your Profile and Account Settings

Tell others about you on your Profile. You can add your name, a photo and a short bio.

You can also set your preferences in your Account Settings to receive email notifications and activity digests; and change your password and email address. Learn how to set your notification preferences.

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