In the Know: SMPH Updates for September 18, 2020

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  • September 21-25 marks National Postdoc Appreciation Week. We would like to recognize the talent and efforts of postdoctoral scholars in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Our campus will be marking this occasion via the 5th Annual UW-Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium organized by the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association. Blitz talks and a virtual poster session will occur on September 23, followed by a keynote talk and career panel on September 24.
  • The spring 2020 academic calendar has been revised. The semester will begin on January 25 and the last day of instruction will be April 30. There will not be a spring break, but there will be no instruction on Passover (March 27) and a long weekend from April 2 through April 4.
  • Plan ahead for Annual Benefits Enrollment from September 28 to October 23, which is the window of opportunity for eligible employees to make benefit plan changes, consider new enrollments and/or drop coverage.
  • Four articles set for publication in the next issue of the Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) are now accessible online ahead of print, including a brief report by UW Health authors regarding the integration of clinical pharmacists in primary care. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The journal also seeks volunteer peer reviewers. Please indicate your interest in and credentials here.
  • View non-COVID-19-related news of the week including a funding opportunity for special projects, information about the new IRB Efficiency Project, and more.
  • Reminder: Campus flu shot clinics are continuing. Check out available appointment times next week and beyond.
  • View the agenda for the Fall All-Faculty/Staff Meeting on October 12 at 4:30-6:00 p.m. All are welcome to the virtual meeting and encouraged to submit a question for the town hall Q&A.

 Building Community – Examples of Excellence

  • Sue Wenker, PT, PhD, received dual honors from the national professional society APTA Geriatrics in recognition of her excellence in teaching and delivery of physical therapy service to older adults. “I want to support my peers in the good work that they do,” Wenker said. “I’ve been fortunate to surround myself with people who have similar interests but different mindsets, and so they challenge me to think differently.” This article is part of a series of articles focusing on members of the school who received national awards during the 2019-20 academic year.

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH

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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. Submit your thoughts and we’ll share them in a future issue.

“I need to thank the entire Doctor of Physical Therapy gang for ALWAYS going above and beyond. Thank you Natalie Blonien, Judy Dewane, Kristi Hallisy and Jill Thein-Nissebaum for putting in countless extra hours to ensure our PT2s have the hands-on skills they need. Thank you Colleen Cobey, Dan Cobian, and Sue Wenker for guiding our PT1s through a challenging start to their education. Thank you Jeff Hartman, Bryan Heiderscheit, Evan Nelson, and Mary Sesto for seamlessly creating phenomenal virtual courses. Thank you Jeanne Duncan for continuing to create miracles in clinical education. Thank you Amy Schubert and Lisa Levy for flawlessly adapting the admissions office to the changing times. Thank you Sue Arneson for being the glue that holds us together. Finally, thank you Melissa Smiley and Deonna Suiter for joining us in the middle of COVID19 and jumping right in-we are blessed to have you on our team!” — Lisa Steinkamp, PT, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor (CHS), Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

“To the extraordinary Rebecca Whalen, Payroll & Benefits Specialist Advanced, who provides exceptional customer service to me and so many others at any time but who has gone above and beyond during the time of COVID. Rebecca thank you for your patience, good humor and willingness to FIND SOLUTIONS. My colleagues and I see you and we appreciate you – thanks!” – Sarah Esmond, MS, Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity

 Telecommuting Tip:

  • Find alternate space: Sometimes we need a break from our desk – is there another spot in your house you can move to if you need a change of scenery? It’s OK to leave your workspace occasionally to help you refocus.