In the Know: SMPH Updates for October 16, 2020

Top news

  • Researchers in Medical Physics and Radiology developed a custom artificial intelligence algorithm called CV19-Net to identify COVID-19 pneumonia on chest X-ray radiographs. The team, led by Prof. Guang-Hong Chen, PhD in collaboration with assistant scientist Ran Zhang, PhD and Prof. Scott Reeder, MD, PhD, found that the algorithm was more sensitive than the human eye at detecting pneumonia caused by COVID-19, raising the possibility of automated radiograph screening in the future as a “computational first responder” to help radiology teams.   
  • The Wisconsin Partnership Program announced its 2020 Community Impact Grant awards for initiatives that aim to advance health equity and improve health and well-being throughout the state. Initiatives that address the health of Black men and women, prevent suicide among Wisconsin farmers, and promote economic stability and restorative justice are among the six awards of $1 million each. 
  • Two recent studies led by Prof. Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, demonstrate the different ways mentors and mentees understand and experience race and ethnicity within the mentoring relationship, and how culturally aware mentoring (CAM) training may help improve mentoring efforts. “The long-term goal of this body of work is to further the science and practices of mentoring, thereby improving the training environment for students from underrepresented groups and ultimately, advancing their success,” said Dr. Byars-Winston. 
  • The Publishing Board for the Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) has named Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, editor-in-chief for a three-year term effective immediately. Dr. Schrager, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, has served as interim editor-in-chief since May 2019, when John Frey, III, MD, retired from the position. Prior to that, she served as associate editor. WMJ is an indexed peer-reviewed medical journal owned and operated jointly by the Medical College of Wisconsin and UW SMPH. The seven-member Publishing Board is comprised of faculty and staff from both institutions. Learn more here.
  • There is still time to submit a paper for the Wisconsin Medical Journal’s special issue on the impact of race and racism on health in Wisconsin. Consideration will be given to original research, review articles, case reports and brief reports, as well as commentaries and narratives. The deadline for submissions is November 1; the issue will be published in January 2020. Learn more about how to submit.
  • View this week’s Quick Linksincluding information about the campus-wide October Employee Survey and a webinar series for clinicians designed to relate the history of HIV prevention, treatment and care to decisions about treating patients with SARS-CoV-2. 

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH

  • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club has an upcoming discussion session. Spots still remain! Register here
    • October 23, 4 p.m., “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.” Free Amazon Kindle versions of this book available for the first 15 participants who request one.
  • The next webinar event offered by the SMPH student chapter of White Coats for Black Lives will be held on October 21 from 12-1 p.m. with Claudette Adegboro, MD, Assistant Professor (CHS) in the Department of Pediatrics. Register




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“October 21st marks the date that residency programs nationwide will begin reviewing applications and selecting candidates to interview for PGY1 positions in the 2021-2022 academic year. Before any of this can happen, someone spends an unimaginable amount of time and creative energy creating best practice recruitment guidelines, updating website and social media, revising evaluation tools, devising an equitable screening process, and so much more. This is a year-round job; while interviews only occur in the fall/early winter, recruitment never stops. This year, in addition to the traditional responsibilities of recruitment, COVID-19 has added another layer of complexity to these efforts. In-person recruitment fairs have been moved to virtual platforms and programs have been strongly advised by the AAMC to conduct virtual interviews only. So, this year, in addition to the standard recruitment workflow and responsibilities, the virtual element has been added in, creating even more work, requiring more out-of-the-box thinking. Fortunately, for the UWDFMCH – Madison (and Baraboo) residency program, we have an indispensable gift, in recruitment coordinator Dan Samuelson, who has taken on this challenge and absolutely crushed it. I think I speak for many of us, Dan, when we say THANK YOU, for leading these efforts with passion, and a dose of humor!” — Angie Womble, Honorary Associate/Fellow, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


“An area of every organization that does not get enough attention: accountants who process payroll. 2020 has been their year to shine. Our employees in the cancer center greatly appreciate the efforts and service of the SMPH payroll team including Payroll and Benefits Specialist Deb Brimmer. The last few months have been a complex stretch of furlough entries and unique COVID related timesheet entries. Navigating new instructions, deadlines, and quirky peoplesoft dashboards isn’t easy. After six months of entering and approving, I’m not sure I understand the system any better than I did in March — but I can rely on Deb/payroll’s communication and quick turnaround of questions. Our safety net is payroll’s service.” — Peter Connor, Center Administrator, Carbone Cancer Center