Medical educators and clinicians
- U-Connect, UW Health’s intranet, has a section with information for clinicians and advanced practice providers.
Religious observances and academic flexibility reminder: As instructors and students review class schedules this semester, now is the time to note any need for academic flexibility due to religious or cultural observances. The SMPH health professions programs (MD, MPH, DPT, MPAS, MGCS) provide specific instruction to students regarding religious observances, aligned with UW–Madison policy, and in consideration of the unique characteristics of clinical education settings. Students should plan ahead and refer to their program handbook for specific details.
University Health Services (UHS) mental health services are available, confidential, easy to connect with, and no cost to students:
As a reminder to students, student advisors, teaching faculty, and other mentors, UHS resources are available to all students. An Access Appointment is the first step to individual and group counseling. Other opportunities such as Let’s Talk, Thrive Workshops, Connecting Badgers, and a 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Support Line are also available. Common issues UHS can help address include test anxiety, sleep, procrastination, stress, depression, relationships, and more.
- New policy released pertinent to clinical departments hiring dually-employed faculty: SMPH Policy 3020, Faculty Relocation for Clinical Departments, defines and establishes the school’s requirements for the procurement and payment of faculty household relocations and costs associated with indefinite work assignments.
- Continuing medical education opportunity with Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ): Gain American Medical Association credit for free with any of the WMJ courses available in the ICEP Portal. Topics include rural residence as a predictor of better health outcomes, quality of diet in children with developmental disabilities, and how faculty and medical students’ perceptions of learning differ.
Anti-Racism and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation launches Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) at SMPH: ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups that foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives. ERGs do this by focusing on the experience and perspectives of people of a particular race, ethnic or cultural background, gender, gender identity, religion, age cohort, sexual orientation, history of disabilities, military services, or similar parameters. This program, which has been operating successfully at UW Health for two years, is now open to SMPH employees. Learn more
The Microlearning Facilitation Resources from the Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation have been added to Canvas:
The resources are built for groups to start facilitating conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. All faculty and staff have access to them. The series is a resource for engaging in regular 20- to 45-minute discussions to strengthen awareness and a common purpose around DEI at SMPH as well as build connection and community on teams. We all have a role in creating an antiracist and inclusive culture at SMPH, and this discussion tool can support you in doing this critical work. If you would like to consult further about how to use these resources, please reach out to Naomi Takahashi.
- Explore evidence-based teaching practices for fostering inclusion, belonging, and achievement: The Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring is offering professional development opportunities for faculty, instructors, and graduate assistants. Flexible formats are available. Register now for Teaching at UW: Foundations and Enhancing Online Education.
- AAMC publishes medical education competencies for diversity, equity, and inclusion: These cross-continuum competencies help educators design or adapt curricula and aids educators and learners in their individual professional development and diversity, equity, and inclusion journeys. In August, AAMC will host two forums to discuss these medical education competencies. Read more
- SMPH diversity, equity, and inclusion web-based modules now available: 22 modules developed by the Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation are open for self-enrollment on Canvas. The learning modules cover antiracism, equity tools, and bias in healthcare. Enroll on Canvas and click “Go to the Course” to access the modules
- “Badge backer” card provides tips for preventing and responding to microaggressions: Developed by the Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation, this resource is a printed, foldable card that can fit right into your ID badge holder. The card includes key response strategies to interrupt microaggressions, discrimination, and bigotry to make it clear that we value and stand behind our learners, staff, and faculty. Request badge backers using this form
- How can I help make the university more inclusive to our community members with disabilities? A new campus website called Accessibility @ UW–Madison provides a central location for campus accessibility answers. Read more