In the Know: SMPH Updates for July 6, 2020

  • A memorial fund has been established to honor the memory of Dr. Beth Potter and her husband Robin Carre, who passed away on March 31. The goal of the effort is to raise $100,000 toward two initiatives that are fully supported by the Potter Carre family: a memorial in the UW Arboretum, and scholarships named in honor of Dr. Potter to allow Family Medicine and Community Health chief residents to attend leadership training that focuses on wellness and resiliency. Thank you for honoring the legacy of Beth and Robin.
  • Reminder: The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement will host a virtual discussion titled “Committed to Change: A Call to Action, Understanding How Racism Shows Up and Impacts Students and Alumni Engagementon July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Three panels will share the long-term history and roots of racism, especially in the Midwest. Panelists will delve into how racism shows up on predominantly white campuses and recommend ways to approach students and alumni impacted by racism. Register
  •  SMPH faculty are invited to attend a webinar on July 15 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. focused on national updates to the residency application process in the COVID-19 era. The webinar is offered by colleagues in the MD Academic Career and Development Program (ACAP) team. Questions? Contact Brian C. Núñez, Director of Career Advising and Wellness. WebEx link


  • 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!


“On behalf of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, we thank Ms. Carmyn J. Hayes, a 2020 UW Madison graduate with a BS in Psychology and a certificate in Afro-American Studies. Ms. Hayes — [our] only Black women’s soccer player, and a Mercile J. Lee Scholar — was an outstanding Student Outreach Assistant with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease and Research Center. She joined the Gleason Lab team in January, and did amazing work in the office and working remotely. She served as the Tech advisor for African American elders in our Get Movin’ Exercise Class by setting up, distributing and answering questions about their Chrome Books when the exercise class went on-line. Ms. Hayes was indispensable in administratively supporting our program and we thank her. She leaves us this summer to attend the PhD Counseling Psychology Program with a concentration in Sport Psychology at the University of North Texas, to become a licensed sport psychologist.” – Fabu Carter, MS, Senior Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Department of Medicine


“One of the most brilliant moves by someone creative in the UW-Madison system was to close the majority of the Arboretum to traffic! It’s been amazing to see folks in the area taking advantage of this community gem, and falling in love with this natural landscape right in the midst of our fine city. This has been a tough time for everyone, and seeing the number of people biking, walking & running – and the flora & fauna all in full swing – has been heartwarming. As a daily user, running into SMPH colleagues there randomly has been a wonderful jolt of energy. Hoping everyone can keep up the individual outdoor activities & continue supporting our amazing green space – even after this all (hopefully) settles down!” – Jim Conway, MD, Professor (CHS), SMPH Office of Global Health and Department of Pediatrics


“I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the continued excellence and dedication of the anesthesia inpatient pain management team. Throughout this pandemic, surgical procedures have continued and patients have encountered pain issues that have, at times, been difficult to address. Through the multidisciplinary dedication of this team (Michael Zywicki, Rachel McMinn, Elizabeth Wilson, Lisa Klesius, Jocelyn Blake, Kristin Bevil, Alian Aquino, Thomas Broderick, Shelly Borden, Steven Ethier, Patrick Meyer, Andrea Petty, Josh Cuevas, Zac Ambord, Hikmet Mohammed and Rachel Walker) patients have had their pain addressed and potential staff exposures and PPE requirements have been reduced via improved pain control and fewer required visits for pain management.” – Kristopher Schroeder, MD, Professor (CHS), Department of Anesthesiology


Telecommuting tip:

 Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Promoting resident/fellow well-being during the pandemic: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has published a comprehensive guidebook with information about promoting mental health in graduate medical education during the COVID-19 era.