In the Know Quick Links – Week of January 4, 2021

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:

Resources for everyone

  • Update on Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Leadership Search: Thank you to members of the SMPH community who participated in virtual visits and presentations by candidates for this important inaugural position. The search process to date has resulted in a better understanding of our additional leadership needs in this vitally important area. This phase of the search process has not resulted in an offer, and the search will “reboot” in early 2021 after reconsideration of the position description. We will be sharing more information during the SMPH Faculty/Staff Meeting on Monday, Jan. 25 at 4:30 pm. All are welcome to submit questions for the town hall Q&A using this form.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has approved University Health Services to begin vaccinating eligible members of the campus community under the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Most individuals at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who meet Phase 1a eligibility should have received confirmation via email from UHS or will receive it shortly. The initial phase of vaccination includes frontline health care workers and others in direct contact with COVID-19 patients, or in direct contact with the virus that causes COVID-19 or virus specimens. Eligible UW–Madison employees who have dual appointments at UW Health should have received more information from the health system. Read more
  • Midpoint employee performance conversations (for the time period of July 1, 2020-December 31, 2020) should be completed no later than February 19, 2021. Midpoint conversations are for all full- and part-time (non-faculty) academic and university staff and limited appointees. All supervisors, including faculty who supervise (non-faculty) academic staff and university staff, will need to complete the midpoint conversation for those employees and record them in PMDP. Employees within their evaluative period (i.e., employees in probationary status or in their initial evaluation period at the university) are not included in the midpoint conversation. Supervisors should be following their probationary review process for employees in their evaluative period. See PDMP resources for more information.
  • A total of 14 locations for saliva-based PCR testing locations have been announced, including Health Sciences Learning Center and the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Read more
  • The Center for Urban Population Health, which is affiliated with SMPH, UW-Milwaukee, and Aurora Research Institute, is recruiting for a new director (40% position). The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2021. Read more
  • A second round of furloughs for campus employees began January 1, 2021 and will continue through June 30. With the beginning of the furlough period drawing near, the SMPH Office of HR offers additional information for SMPH employees. Read more

Resources for researchers

  • Human subjects research update: Phase 2 Restart of Clinical Research, which was originally slated to end on December 31, has been extended and will continue into 2021. Please be aware that research teams still need to submit a request for approval for both new studies, and studies that are reopening. Read more
  • Workshop for clinical research coordinators: the Professional Research Education Program (PREP) will be hosting a virtual workshop on Jan. 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. focusing on remote consent with a special highlight on DocuSign. Attendees will hear a study coordinator’s perspective on obtaining remote consent and learn more about the regulatory considerations surrounding remote consent. Register
  • 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 was 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.
  • UW Health has updated their testing requirements for learners doing clinical rotations after winter break. Existing guidelines were changed to include the following (see point 6 of this document on U-Connect): “For learners taking semester breaks of 2 weeks or more in length, and new learners entering for spring 2021 semester, a negative COVID test is required within 96 hours before their scheduled return to or start of clinical rotations. Test results should be submitted to, along with the name of the program and clinical rotation assignment.” Please note that this requirement differs from university testing requirements for access to university buildings starting on Jan. 25. Learners on clinical rotations will be expected to abide by both requirements.

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: A project of Ebling Library staff, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Guide, emphasizes health sciences connections to the topic and includes recommended articles, institutional statements, events information, and books. This is a “living” resource that will be routinely augmented. To suggest additions, contact
  • The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) will host a webinar on Jan. 12 at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. entitled ‘Lessons from the Field: Perspectives from Latinx Participants in Health Research.’ Register
  • 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