April 22, 2020 COVID-19 SMPH Update

  • Wednesday, April 22 was National Administrative Professionals Day. Each and every day our school’s progress in research, education and service is powered by the talent and dedication of SMPH administrative professionals. On behalf of Dean Robert N. Golden and members of the Dean’s Leadership Team, thank you.
  • UW–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) continues to add recommended COVID-19 continuing education and continuing medical education offerings to its collection, as well as a full catalog of online CE and CME activities on other topics.
  • The cancellation of UW–Madison sponsored travel has been extended through June 30. An announcement issued today provides further details.
  • DoIT has released a Scam Alerts Resource Page with information about currently active scams, some of which are linked to con artists taking advantage of pandemic-related concerns or scenarios.
  • There is still time to submit a question for the April 27 Faculty/Staff Town Hall. We look forward to connecting with one another during this virtual event starting at 4:30 pm on Monday; please refer to the Town Hall website for Webex information.


  • 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!

“Thank you very much to operating room RNs Sarah and Barb, ophthalmology resident Jacob Evans, clinical anesthesia resident Kaytie Curtis, and all the other main OR staff who helped to make my urgent surgical case this week go smoothly and start in a timely fashion. I recognize that the RNs and many other staff in the main OR, as well as throughout the hospital, are working hard to retrain for possible redeployment, and dealing with a lot of changes in their daily work and schedules. Despite these challenges, they performed with their usual skill and good humor in the OR. Jake did a great job in the case, and was able to navigate some unusual logistics smoothly. Much appreciated!” – Suzanne van Landingham, MD, Assistant Professor (CHS), Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

“A huge shout out to Hope Broadus, Associate Dean of Human Resources at the SMPH! She has been working around the clock to support the Human Resources team. She is responsive, supportive and keeps the whole team well informed. We are extremely grateful for her strong leadership throughout all of this. Thank you from the Human Resources Team!”  – Dawn French, Senior HR Specialist

Telecommuting tip:

  • Take breaks: You might be surprised how efficient it can be to work at home — but you still need breaks from time to time. Step away from the computer for a few minutes and do something that recharges you, such as a “one-minute meditation” session or a moment of exercise.

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Observe nature and advance science at the same time: The Journey North initiative, a citizen science program from UW Arboretum, is still open for individuals to participate – from their backyards, out their windows, or anywhere else in nature that is amenable to social distancing. Help them track the first signs of spring by identifying birds, insects, and plants. It’s also an opportune way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day today.