In the Know Quick Links – Week of January 17, 2022

Resources for everyone

COVID-19 operational updates: 
  • As 2022 and the spring semester begins, please stay tuned to campus messages and the UW–Madison COVID-19 website for the latest information. Refer to the covidresponse.wisc.edu site for campus announcements and details on testing and vaccine/booster appointments, operational guidance, and FAQs. Read more
  • Reminder: All students, employees and visitors to the UW–Madison campus must continue to wear masks when inside campus buildings, including SMPH facilities. The Chancellor’s order has been extended through March 1, 2022.
  • Workspace personal protective equipment (PPE): Order items like face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, mask fitters, or face shields from the MDS warehouse through ShopUW+ (available at no cost to campus units until existing inventory is distributed). Contact your department fiscal specialist for help. For questions on accessing ShopUW+, contact your department fiscal representative or the Dean’s Office transaction team.
  • A cart with PPE is in the HSLC atrium near room 1335 (see photo). Employees are welcome to take supplies for their unit. Hand sanitizer dispensers are present in all common areas and building entrances.
  • UW Health COVID-19 requirements, announcements, and alerts for employees and affiliate individuals are available on U-Connect (requires UW Health login or VPN to access). Read more
Non-COVID policy, procedure, guidance, and operational news:
  • UW Health cybersecurity update for Citrix users: Starting in late January and into February, multi-factor authentication (MFA) will be required for UW Health Citrix users from additional locations outside the UW Health network, including SMPH and all of the UW–Madison campus. Read more
  • All SMPH employees are required to get their flu shot or fill out an appropriate waiver each year (the deadline was Dec. 6 – submit your information now if you haven’t already). Read more
  • UW Health construction: Impacts to University Hospital front entrances and travel routes through spring 2022. Employees and providers should avoid the main drive and both the Clinics and Hospital entrances at University Hospital during construction.
    • Staff entry from Lot 75 is currently limited and may require use of stairs. A video and directions on alternative employee entry points are available on U-Connect (requires UW Health login or VPN). SMPH employees who cannot use stairs should request a “fast pass” badge backer by filling out a UW Health accommodation form available on U-Connect. Contact the UW Health HR Service Center at (608) 263-6500 with questions.
    • Update: Due to delays in getting construction materials, the estimated completion dates for the multi-phase construction project to renovate University Hospital’s clinics entrance and main drive renovation have been extended. A new staff entry is expected to open in March 2022. Soft launch of the new clinics entrance is expected to occur in May 2022. For updated information as of Dec. 21, visit U-Connect.
Gathering, giving, and connecting:
  • Join in for the Winter Faculty/Staff meeting on Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m. This meeting will occur virtually. See the agenda and submit a question
  • Newest issue of Quarterly online: When COVID-19 cases began to emerge in Wisconsin in early 2020, the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) embraced the opportunity to collect valuable statewide data to assist the university and state in the face of the growing pandemic–an effort featured in the cover story in the latest issue of Quarterly. The issue also includes a look at the UW Undiagnosed Genetic Disease Program and its clinic, launched last July by the Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine; and a profile on the Department of Medical Physics, celebrating 40 years of technology development, clinical care and education. Read more
  • Celebrating creativity: The fall 2021 issue of Corpus Callosum – Ebling Library’s journal of the arts – is now online and includes 29 audio/multimedia, visual art and writing pieces created by students, staff, and faculty of the UW–Madison health sciences community. Access the issue here
  • Partners in Giving campaign: Under the theme “Make an Impact,” the campaign joins together state, UW–Madison, and UW Health employees to support hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Active phase of the campaign has ended but gifts are still welcome through May 2022 – Give today
Leadership searches:
  • Candidate visits for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will occur between Jan. 25 and Feb. 10. All visits will be virtual. The password to access video recordings is PALMchair2022. See details about the virtual sessions here.
  • Candidate visits for the chair of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine have occurred. See details and recordings here. The password to access video recordings is EmergencyMedicine2021.
  • SMPH invites applications and nominations for the position of chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Please share the position information with qualified candidates in your professional network and/or send their names in for nomination. Read more
  • Candidate visits for the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology position have occurred. See details here.

Resources for researchers

  • Clinical Trials Community of Practice: Guest speaker Dixie Thomspon, RN, from the University of Utah and the Trial Innovation Network (TIN), will present on the benefits of collaborating with the TIN for resources to conduct multicenter clinical trials and studies during the next meeting Jan. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. Read more and get the virtual meeting link
  • Grants available from the State Economic Engagement and Development (SEED) research program: Administered by UW–Madison’s Discovery to Product, SEED grants allow UW–Madison faculty and academic staff with ownership in a Wisconsin company to engage in innovative research, generate additional private and public sector support for their research programs, and promote technology transfer between the university and industry. Deadline: Feb. 15Read more
  • The UW–Madison Global Health Institute is taking applications for its 2022 grants and awards program. This competitive program is designed to support global health efforts of faculty, staff, clinicians, and graduate students across campus, fostering a spirit of collaboration with colleagues and communities, locally and worldwide. Applications due Jan. 24. Read more
  • The UW Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program is now accepting applications for two new scholars. Apply by Feb. 28. The start date for the scholar positions is June 1. This opportunity is available for early-career faculty at UW–Madison whose research focuses on women’s health or sex and gender differences. Read more and apply
  • The second round of the Research Forward initiative is now accepting proposals: A cover sheet with 300-word abstract was due Dec. 6. The complete proposal is due Jan. 24. The Research Forward competition from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education funds projects that have potential to fundamentally transform a field of study, as well as projects requiring significant development prior to applying for external funding. Read more
  • Nominations are being accepted for the 2021-22 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships, Kellett Mid-Career Award, Vilas Associates Competition, and WARF Named Professorship. Earlier in 2021, seven faculty members from our school received fellowship awards – the highest number in a decade. Submit a nomination by Feb. 4.
  • Looking for insights on inclusive language? Read the SMPH Presenter’s Guide. Originally written by a group of medical students in fall 2019, it is reviewed annually, revised as needed, and has been endorsed by the Building Community Steering Committee. The Presenter’s Guide gives examples of how to talk about underrepresented identities in medicine. Read the guide
  • Office of Faculty Affairs and Development news:
    • Mentoring workshop: a free, virtual workshop on “Making the Most of Your Mentoring Relationships” will be held on Jan. 19 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom. Register here
    • New resource webpage: Faculty Award Opportunities. The page contains a downloadable chart and award opportunities categorized by career stage. See the page
    • The newest issue of Faculty Central is available. Read the newsletter and subscribe
    • Resource: Promotions Oversight Committee Guide and the SMPH Mentoring Guide. The Promotions Oversight Committee Guide provides clarity about the process of promotion from assistant to associate professor on the CHS and Tenure tracks. The Mentoring Guide gives an overview of mentoring functions and structures to support faculty development.
    • 2021-2022 Pathways to Promotion workshops: 
      • Pathways to Promotion Tenure, Feb. 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (location TBD). In-depth examination of the UW–Madison promotion and tenure process. Learn more and register
      • Pathways to Promotion 101 for CHS/CT track faculty, March 7, 1-5 p.m. (Virtual; in-person option TBD). Recommended for CHS and CT track faculty in their first few years at SMPH. Tailored to those who would like an introduction to promotion processes or have never attended a Pathways to Promotion seminar. Learn more and register
  • Principal Investigators: The SMPH Office of Research is your information source for funding opportunities. Bookmark these links:

Resources for medical educators and clinicians

  • The Kern National Network is launching a new discussion series that will examine external influences shaping and driving the vitality of health care learners, professionals, and broader society over the next decade. The first of four live virtual sessions, “Flourishing in the Community,” is Jan. 25 from 4-5 p.m. Learn more and register
  • UW System COVID-19 student health care worker initiative: Instructors and mentors, please share information with students about a new incentive for UW students with nursing skills and other health backgrounds to work on the front lines of Wisconsin’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. About 1,000 students meeting specific criteria will be eligible for a $500 tuition incentive for working in hospitals and other health care settings. Read more
  • The UW–Madison Global Health Institute is taking applications for its 2022 grants and awards program. This competitive program is designed to support global health efforts of faculty, staff, clinicians, and graduate students across campus, fostering a spirit of collaboration with colleagues and communities, locally and worldwide. Applications are due Jan. 24. Read more
  • Resource for instructors and advisors: University Health Services has issued the Healthy Academics Toolkit focused on how to support student health and well-being. Read more and access the toolkit
  • The latest quarterly issue of Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is now available online. The issue, which includes research and commentary published by SMPH faculty and learners, features a collection of papers on rural health, COVID-19, opioid overdose mortality rates and more. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Access the full issue here.
    • If you’d like to receive email updates when new content is posted online, sign up here
    • Continuing education available: Look for articles that display a blue “CE” button at wmjonline.org, and to register, click on the “earn continuing education credit” links or visit the ICEP website.
    • The journal is continually seeking to expand its pool of highly qualified reviewers. Learn more and sign up
  • Nominations are being accepted for the 2021-22 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships, Kellett Mid-Career Award, Vilas Associates Competition, and WARF Named Professorship. Earlier in 2021, seven faculty members from our school received fellowship awards – the highest number in a decade. Submit a nomination Deadline: Feb. 4
  • Looking for insights on inclusive language? Be sure to read the SMPH Presenter’s Guide. Originally written by a group of medical students in fall 2019, it is reviewed annually, revised as needed, and has been endorsed by the Building Community Steering Committee. The Presenter’s Guide gives examples of how to talk about underrepresented identities in medicine. Read the guide
  • Office of Faculty Affairs and Development news:
    • Mentoring workshop: a free, virtual workshop named “Making the Most of Your Mentoring Relationships” will be held on Jan. 19 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom. Register here
    • New resource webpage: Faculty Award Opportunities. The page contains a downloadable chart and award opportunities categorized by career stage. See the page
    • The newest issue of Faculty Central is available. Read the newsletter and subscribe
    • Resource: Promotions Oversight Committee Guide and the SMPH Mentoring Guide. The Promotions Oversight Committee Guide provides clarity about the process of promotion from assistant to associate professor on the CHS and Tenure tracks. The Mentoring Guide gives an overview of mentoring functions and structures to support faculty development.
    • 2021-2022 Pathways to Promotion workshops: 
      • Pathways to Promotion Tenure, Feb. 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (location TBD). In-depth examination of the UW Madison promotion and tenure process. Learn more and register
      • Pathways to Promotion 101 for CHS/CT track faculty, March 7, 1-5 p.m. (Virtual; in-person option TBD). Recommended for CHS and CT track faculty in their first few years at SMPH. Tailored to those who would like an introduction to promotion processes or have never attended a Pathways to Promotion seminar. Learn more and register
  • Clinic focuses on diagnosing rare genetic disorders: The UW Undiagnosed Genetic Disease Clinic and Research Program aims to improve the health and well-being of individuals with undiagnosed genetic disorders. Clinicians may refer patients using this form.
  • Renewing Your WI Medical License? Need a transcript of your continuing education credits? Access CME / CE transcripts: Log in to your ICEP Learner Profile (https://ce.icep.wisc.edu), click “My account”, and then “My Activities” to download a full listing of your credits earned since 2018. For help, view ICEP’s FAQ page for more information or contact the ICEP helpdesk at help@icep.wisc.edu. If you are looking for a record of an activity that took place before Jan. 1, 2018, or you are requesting a transcript for RSS sessions (Grand Rounds, Case Conference, Journal Club, etc.) that took place before June 30, 2018, complete the CE Credit Reprint Request Form.
  • Faculty physicians: fulfill maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements. Earn MOC Part 4 credit for quality improvement work. Get started today by responding to this intake form, and direct questions to Cathy Means. The following courses are approved for MOC part 2 credit:

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

  • Learn about a new national center for health justice: The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation will host a webinar on Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. Central that will focus on the goals and recent work of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Health Justice as well as the newly developed health equity communication guide, which was published jointly by the center and the American Medical Association to support clinicians’ conversations with patients. Register
  • Inclusion of learners with disabilities: In a commentary published in Academic Medicine, Dean Robert N. Golden, MD and Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Petty, MD urge medical schools to provide inclusive education for learners with physical and sensory disabilities. Read more
  • In recognition of Native American Heritage Month in November, SMPH reaffirmed our commitment to advancing the health of Native Americans and increasing the representation of Native Americans in the health care workforce. The school’s Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) leads efforts that boost inclusion of Native Americans in all of the school’s missions. Read about the impact of NACHP and profiles on Native students and faculty in the school:
  • Looking for insights on inclusive language? Read the SMPH Presenter’s Guide. Originally written by a group of medical students in fall 2019, it is reviewed annually, revised as needed, and has been endorsed by the Building Community Steering Committee. The Presenter’s Guide gives examples of how to talk about underrepresented identities in medicine. Read the guide
  • New resources added to the Racial Equity Tools collection: Racial Equity Tools is a website designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. It offers resources, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their understanding and to aid those working for racial justice in systems, organizations, communities, and society at large. In December, 71 new tools were added to a collection that now includes over 3,200+ resources and 98 “bookcases” (category pages). Search the collection and see the expanded RET Glossary.
  • Meet the newest cohort of the Centennials Scholars and Clinicians Program, a community of diverse SMPH faculty from backgrounds underrepresented in science and medicine. Administered by the SMPH Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, the program initiated in 2009 to provide departments the resources to recruit and develop faculty from groups that experience health disparities in Wisconsin. Read more
  • Treaties: How we come to be where we are: View the recording of an event with Ho-Chunk Nation’s leading legal experts about treaties and how our ongoing nation-to-nation agreements with the Ho-Chunk Nation are fundamental to daily life here at Teejop (day-JOPE), the place currently known as Madison, Wisconsin. Watch the video and read more
  • Continuing education credit is available for four papers published in a special issue of the Wisconsin Medical Journal focused on the impact of race and racism on health. No-cost credit is available through the UW-Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP). Look for articles that display a blue “CE” button at wmjonline.org, and to register, click on the “earn continuing education credit” links or visit the ICEP website. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin.