April 8, 2020 COVID-19 SMPH Update

Medical education updates:

    • Hands-on clinical learning activities for all SMPH health profession degree students are postponed until at least the end of May
    • Education program leaders and faculty have done an exceptional job transforming curricular content into virtual learning activities
    • UW–Madison has canceled all in-person summer classes and non-credit summer programs and activities. SMPH has been granted some exceptions to allow appropriate clinical learning activities and recruitment activities this summer, if and when it becomes safe to do so.
    • Questions about how to request exceptions to the campus cancellation of all in-person learning activities and summer programs can be directed to Elizabeth Petty, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
    • As noted previously, the Shapiro summer research program will continue through modified virtual projects developed by students with their mentors. Questions about Shapiro research can be directed to Vera Tsenkova, PhD, Director of Health Profession Student Research. 

Update from finance:

  • FAQ available about COVID-19 accounting codes: this guidance clarifies how to use new campus accounting codes to identify activities directly related to COVID-19, which will help with various reporting requirements. Learn more


  • Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at go.wisc.edu/shoutout and we’ll share the stories. Visit this page to see a collection of shout-outs to date. Stay tuned tomorrow for more!

“I would love to acknowledge Academic Program Development and Evaluation Director Andrea Poehling’s tremendous work in catalyzing our office’s response to the challenges faced during the pandemic. These have included assuring instructional continuity for the 130+ on-going basic science SMPH courses and creating and monitoring a system for reviewing requests for laboratory access for essential research (over 250 and counting!). Andrea has organized both efforts with incredible skill, for which she has been known for years! Thanks a ton, Andrea!” – James Keck, PhD, Associate Dean for Basic Research Training


“Kavita Kanwar is a graduating fourth-year medical student who worked as a nurse prior to starting her studies at SMPH. Kavita is jumping back in to help the cause and will work as RN until she starts her internship this summer. Thanks for your inspiring example!” – Mark Beamsley, MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Find personal space in isolation. Paradoxically, physical distancing is forcing people and families in close proximity for extended periods of time. During a stable time of emotional neutrality, discuss individual needs for personal space and develop a plan. From “Staying Sane and Current on COVID-19” on MedPage Today.