April 29, 2020 SMPH COVID-19 Update

Top news:


  • Register today for a Building Community and Ebling Library book club to be part of online discussions of fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels. The partnership is bringing together groups of SMPH faculty, staff, and learners to virtually connect and discuss works of literature during this time of remote work. The next session open to all is on May 22 and focused on the Poison Squad. Stay tuned for more sessions!



  • More than 530 attendees attended the Spring SMPH Faculty/Staff Town Hall on Monday afternoon.The PowerPoint presentations and a video recording are available.    


  • 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 for more!


“On behalf of the radiation oncology research team, we would like to thank program manager Diana Trask for her continued dedication, leadership, and strength during this challenging time. Diana continues to be an exceptional manager and has prioritized the mental health and well-being of our team. We remain connected as a group by having daily Webex video meetings to keep everyone informed of daily tasks/challenges, share positive stories, and promote connection. We are thankful to have Diana as our manager and want to recognize the support she has provided during this time.” – Cathy Kraemer, Study Coordinator, Department of Human Oncology


“About 4 weeks ago, Hematology/Oncology fellow Matt Brunner realized that any doctors who don’t regularly do inpatient medicine might need some education materials to use if they were suddenly pulled into the hospital. He convened a team of volunteers to create and organize user-friendly tips for working on the wards, and “cheat sheets” to reference when treating a number of pathologies. In the event of a surge, “interim hospitalists” will have some great tools to use!”  – Sam Pabich, MD, Instructor (CHS), Department of Medicine


Telecommuting tip:

  • Leadership for the virtual office: The Office of Strategic Consulting has an article on supervising telecommuters and leading teams with telecommuters through uncertain times, including how to mimic casual hallway or break room conversations.


Staying strong & supporting one another: