In the Know Quick Links – Week of December 14, 2020

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:

Resources for everyone

  • Are you involved in advising 4K-12th grade schools about COVID-19 related topics? UW Health hopes to identify all professionals engaged in COVID-related medical advising of 4K-12th grade schools. Please complete this survey
  • Countdown – less than 3 weeks to internal deadline: Nominations are open for the UW–Madison Academic Staff Excellence Awards. All are encouraged to nominate deserving candidates. While nominations can be made directly, the Dean will support a small number of candidates for nomination. If you’d like to submit a nomination for consideration of the Dean’s support, please submit the nomination packet, as complete as possible, to the Office of the Dean ( no later than January 4, 2021. Because clinician-teacher (CT) and clinical health sciences (CHS) faculty tracks are classified by campus as academic staff appointments, nominations of faculty in these tracks for these awards are welcome and encouraged as well.
  • Reminder – safeguarding patient privacy: Throughout the pandemic and particularly during the current COVID-19 surge, public interest in the day-to-day experiences of health care professionals has been high. Nationally we have seen a trend of health care workers giving first-hand perspectives of their experiences on their personal social media accounts to emphasize the importance of COVID-19 health and safety measures. Safeguarding protected health information (PHI) is a shared responsibility of everyone in SMPH. Patient stories, images, video, and other PHI should never be shared on personal social media accounts.
  • Campus Inclement Weather Guidelines: As the weather becomes more seasonal, employees working on-site are encouraged to review the university’s guidelines.
  • Countdown – 15 days to deadline: The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is seeking artwork to illustrate a special issue on the impact of race and racism on the health of people in Wisconsin. Works in the following media are invited: photography, digital design, or well-rendered photographs of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, or textile/fiber art. The deadline is December 31. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Learn more

Resources for researchers

  • For clinical researchers: The first CHI2 Informatics Seminar of 2021 will occur on Jan. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register for a webinar entitled “Tools that Revolutionized Clinical Data Sharing” with Gadi Lachman, MBA, CEO of TriNetX and Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD, CRIO of Partners HealthCare and Professor at Harvard Medical School.
  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education is hosting a Research Forward initiative to stimulate and support highly innovative and groundbreaking research at the UW–Madison. A cover sheet with a 300-word abstract is due December 21, 2020. The complete proposal is due February 1, 2021. Maximum funding award $500,000. Read more

Resources for medical educators and clinicians

  • For clinical researchers: The first CHI2 Informatics Seminar of 2021 will occur on Jan. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register for a webinar entitled “Tools that Revolutionized Clinical Data Sharing” with Gadi Lachman, MBA, CEO of TriNetX and Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD, CRIO of Partners HealthCare and Professor at Harvard Medical School.
  • Professor emerita Renata Laxova, MD, PhD was a mentor to countless clinicians, students and researchers. A tribute article describes her life experiences as a Holocaust survivor and her dedication to advancing the field of medical genetics. Read more
  • UW Health and UnityPoint Health–Meriter have received a limited supply (116 doses) of bamlanivimab, an investigational therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. The medication was recently granted Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read more
  • Planning out CME activities through the end of 2020? View synchronous and asynchronous options available through the Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership. Learn more 

Upcoming Events: Anti-Racism and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • An on-demand replay of most sessions from the 2020 UW–Madison Diversity Forum is available. Access presentation materials, supporting resources, and videos here.
  • Announcing a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Guide: What we began as a #BlackLivesMatter resource list, has, through the efforts of Ebling Library’s Paije Wilson, Lia Vellardita, Chris Hooper-Lane, Allan Barclay, Andy Osmond and Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, become a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Guide.While it emphasizes health sciences connections to the topic, the articles, institutional statements, Events Calendar, and books are universal in their intended audiences. Students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to learn more about systemic, institutional, and cultural racism, white privilege, inequities within various disciplines, and more will find thought-provoking and actionable resources in this Guide. Many of the books are at Ebling, or have been ordered and will be available soon. This is a “living” resource that will be routinely augmented. To suggest additions, contact
  • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club will be offering a discussion sessions on January 13 at noon about the best-selling book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. An e-book version of the title is available via NetID through Ebling Library. Discussions will be led by Elizabeth Petty, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Vera Tsenkova, PhD, Director of Health Professions Student Research. Learn more and register
  • Mark your calendar for an SMPH Martin Luther King, Jr. event on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. featuring a talk and Q&A with Tito Izard, MD, President and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services Inc., an independent not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Izard is an alumnus of SMPH, former faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and current board member of the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association. Read more
  • The next Health Equity & Diversity Lunch & Learn Series session will occur on January 21 at noon-1:00 p.m. on the topic “Decolonizing Care in Treatment.” Learn more and register