In the Know: SMPH Updates for October 2, 2020

Top news

  • UW SMPH and UW Health stand in support of the Association of American Medical Colleges statement expressing concern about the chilling effect of the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, and the need for diversity training at this time in the nation’s history. Read more about the AAMC statement and an accompanying FAQ. We are committed to being a diverse, inclusive, equitable and antiracist academic medical center. 
  • The latest quarterly issue of Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is now available online. The issue, which includes research published by SMPH faculty and learners, and UW Health clinicians, features research on team-based care, COVID-19, youth suicide and more. Access the full issue here. 
  • As part of their efforts to address systemic racism in medicine, UW Health and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are using a biological test to estimate kidney function rather than relying solely on a decades-old formula that uses race as a variable. The formula can lead to over-estimation of glomerular filtration rate in Black individuals in advanced stages of kidney disease, leading to delays in necessary care and transplantation.  
  • The Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium, hosted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will take place next week. The virtual poster session will begin on Monday, October 5, and the keynote will take place on Thursday, October 8. The event link and posters will be available here.
  • Three new policies and two revised policies have been released relating to personal and institutional use of social media, reference checks as a condition of paid employment, and student mistreatment, supervision and safety. In alignment with Policy 10.10, “Institutional Use of Social Media Policy,” administrators of institutional social media accounts representing SMPH units should register each account using this form.
  • On October 5-6, Lucille Marchand, MD, BSN, FAAHPM, professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and candidate for the SMPH Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Chair search, will virtually visit SMPH.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend Dr. Marchand’s academic presentation on Monday, October 5 at 3-4 p.m. and town hall on Tuesday, October 6 at 4-5 p.m., both via Webex. See details on the Leadership Search Candidate Visit webpage.
  • October marks CommUNITY Well-being Month, which is taking place in lieu of the Wellness Symposium. The month will provide 31 days of powerful virtual learning and discussion, including presentations, resources, and suggested activities. Daily events will focus on seven dimensions of well-being, including reflection, mindfulness, environment, health, safety, connection, and meaning. View the calendar of events and register here, and read more about them here. 
  • View this week’s Quick Linksincluding an update on payroll tax deferral, sad news about the passing of former Psychiatry faculty member Dr. Mark Moffet, and more. 

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