May 15, 2020 SMPH COVID-19 Update

  • To round out the week, Dean Golden shares a Fireplace Chat video with reflections on the lessons he’s learned during the pandemic. All are welcome to respond and stay in touch by emailing
  • A work group with representatives from 13 major national medical education organizations has issued a final report and recommendations about medical student away rotations and in-person interviews for the 2020-2021 residency cycle. Recommendations include discouraging away rotations for medical students with few exceptions, using online interviews and virtual visits for residency program applicants, and changing (delaying) the opening of residency application cycles. Medical education leaders at SMPH and UW Health have reviewed the recommendations and will use them to guide processes across our organizations. Read more about MD student away rotations at SMPH.
  • University Hospital entrance screening and Lot 75 updates are in effect and should be noted by essential personnel working on site.


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

“Dr. Kara Hoppe has led the charge for telehealth in high risk pregnancies, even before the COVID pandemic. She continues to guide us through remote monitoring and video visits. Thank you for your leadership!” – Katie Antony, MD, Assistant Professor (CHS), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

“A tremendous “THANK YOU” to the many colleagues who dedicated time and expertise as REVIEWERS or suggested reviewers for the ICTR Pilot Awards Program! Your support for excellence in translational research is inspiring, especially during these challenging times. It makes us proud of our shared mission to discover, translate, and disseminate interventions to improve health for the people in Wisconsin and beyond. In addition to individual scientific reviewers, we are indebted to the experts at UW, Marshfield Clinic and across the state who serve on both our scientific and external community review committees. You. Are. Amazing.” – Kate Judge, Program Manager, Community-Academic Partnerships, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR); Peggy Hatfield, Administrative Director, Workforce Development, ICTR; Christine Sorkness, RPh, PharmD, Distinguished Professor (CHS), School of Pharmacy and Senior Associate Executive Director, Workforce Development, ICTR

Telecommuting tip:

  • Virtual Forums: Combating Coronavirus: The Chronicle of Higher Education has an ongoing series of virtual forums to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing academia.

 Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Take a moment to tune in to nature at the UW Arboretum: Look at, and listen to, spring’s wonderful renewal as seen and heard by University Communications staff photographer Bryce Richter.