In the Know: SMPH Updates for January 11, 2021

Top news:

  • Start off your observance of MLK Day by reflecting on the impact of racism in health care and learning at a virtual event that will be livestreamed to Facebook on Jan. 15, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The talk features Dr. Tito Izard, one of our own alumni who is a frontline fighter for health equity in the Milwaukee area. We checked in with Dr. Izard to learn more about his background and motivations. “I’m a community doc. That’s what I am; that’s my destiny,” he said. Read more


  • Curious about what to expect during COVID-19 saliva-based PCR testing this semester? University Health Services has some tips. Wondering whether individuals who have been vaccinated will still be required to test? The short answer is yes — details here from the university’s FAQs.


  • Two weeks from today: the Winter Faculty/Staff Meeting is on Jan. 25 from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. via Webex. The agenda includes a presentation by Dr. Stephen Meyn on genomic medicine at UW–Madison and updates about COVID-19 responses on campus, antiracism efforts, and the Building Community program. All are welcome to submit questions for the Town Hall discussion here.


Building an Anti-Racist SMPH 

  • In October, we shared institutional support for an Association of American Medical Colleges statement expressing concern about the chilling effect of the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. On December 23, a federal judge issued a nationwide temporary injunction against President Trump’s “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping” Executive Order (EO) published last September. The order is currently undergoing a court challenge.



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“Thank you to all the ophthalmology residents who continue to work hard and bring a positive attitude to the table, the attendings who are constantly ensuring our well-being and modifying methods to teach us during this pandemic, and the rest of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) team for keeping the spirits high!” Nenita Maganti, MD, Internal Medicine/ Ophthalmology Resident


Telecommuting Tip
Staying warm and saving money while telecommuting: Working from home in winter has its perks (no commuting in a snowstorm!) but it also means keeping the thermostat at a comfortable level during the work day. UK-based magazine The Homeworker has tips on keeping costs down while staying warm.