In the Know Quick Links – Week of January 11, 2021

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:

Resources for everyone

  • Spring semester COVID-19 testing: On Jan. 13, the second weekly email from Chancellor Rebecca Blank to UW–Madison employees provided information about how to make appointments through the Safer Badger app, testing instructions, and the opening of the UW–Madison COVID-19 Assistance Line at (608) 262-7777. Please review:
  • The Kern National Network (KNN) for Caring & Character in Medicine will present “Human Flourishing, Caring and Character in the Medical Profession: To What End?” on Jan. 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. During this free online event — the first in a series — Andrea Leep Hunderfund, MD, from Mayo; Bonnie Miller, MD, from Vanderbilt; and John Luk, MD, from UT-Austin will lead an interactive discussion on the concepts of caring and character within medicine and engage in a conversation with other healthcare professionals on the topic of promoting human flourishing. Continuing Education credits are available. Details and registration instructions are here. KNN is a national network of seven medical schools, including SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin, dedicated to advancing caring and character in medicine with the goal of promoting human flourishing.
  • Update on Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Leadership Search: 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 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. 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 follow probationary review process for employees in their evaluative period. See PDMP resources for more information.
  • Professional development opportunities: Several  upcoming continuing education opportunities are available through UW–Madison Office of Human  Resources.
  • The Department of Employee Trust Funds will begin distributing employees’ Jan. 1, 2021 Wisconsin Retirement System Annual Statement of Benefits in April, after 2020 account data reconciliation processes have been completed. The statement is a summary of an employee’s year-end WRS retirement account information. To learn more about the WRS Annual Statement of Benefits, watch this ETF video or visit the My Statement of Benefits web page.
  • 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 UW–Madison employees began January 1, 2021 and will continue through June 30. The SMPH Office of HR offers additional information. Read more
  • Deadline extended to Jan. 31: 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. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Learn more

Resources for researchers

  • Abstracts in original adult and pediatric emergency care research for the 29th annual Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Research Forum are due Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Read more
  • UW-Madison’s virtual 2021 Data Science Research Bazaar will occur throughout February on the theme Data Science for the Social Good. Read more
  • 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
  • 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

  • The Kern National Network (KNN) for Caring & Character in Medicine will present “Human Flourishing, Caring and Character in the Medical Profession: To What End?” on Jan. 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. During this free online event — the first in a series — Andrea Leep Hunderfund, MD, from Mayo; Bonnie Miller, MD, from Vanderbilt; and John Luk, MD, from UT-Austin will lead an interactive discussion on the concepts of caring and character within medicine and engage in a conversation with other healthcare professionals on the topic of promoting human flourishing. Continuing Education credits are available. Details and registration instructions are here. KNN is a national network of seven medical schools, including SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin, dedicated to advancing caring and character in medicine with the goal of promoting human flourishing.
  • For clinical researchers: Abstracts in original adult and pediatric emergency care research for the 29th annual Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Research Forum are due Feb. 5, 2021. Read more
  • 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 CareerPathways@uwhealth.org, 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

  • 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
  • SMPH presented a 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
  • Community events in the Madison area in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day include:
    • Jan. 17, 1:00 p.m. – Urban League of Greater Madison’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, entitled “Stand for Justice.” Video will air live at 1:00 p.m. and available for later viewing.
    • Jan. 17, 4:30 p.m. — Ecumenical Martin Luther King, Jr. Service (virtual). View the livestream online
    • Jan. 18 — AfricaSong’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tribute & Ceremony.  A one-hour tribute entitled “Together as One” will feature excerpts from previous years’ ceremonies. Governor Tony Evers will present the 2021 MLK Heritage Awards and the State Proclamation. Anticipated broadcast schedule: noon on Wisconsin Public Radio, 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on The Wisconsin Channel, and 10:00 p.m. on PBS Wisconsin.
    • Jan. 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m. — The King’s Coalition MLK Day Youth Call to Service. Middle and high school youth are invited to attend the virtual MLK Day Youth Call to Service. Register
    • Jan. 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m. — City-County King Annual Holiday Observance. The event will be emceed by Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald and will feature a keynote by New York Times bestselling author Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. The MLK Humanitarian Award will be presented by City of Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. View online
  • On Jan. 25, 2021, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will welcome journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Wilkerson is the author of “Caste” and “The Warmth of Other Suns,” and she is the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. Wilkerson will discuss connections and reflections on the messages and life of Martin Luther King Jr. in researching and writing “Caste.” This will be a Q&A-style event. Learn more and register