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May 05
5/5/20 - Operations Update

Welcome to the MAY 5, 2020 update on UW Ob-Gyn departmental operations.  


Last week, the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity issued the brief “Family Planning Services Are Essential,” in response to requests from community partners. Huge thanks to all who played a role in developing this crucial community resource, from drafting language to sharing insights on institutional approaches to contraceptive services, to layout and design expertise:

  • Amy Williamson
  • Eliza Bennett, MD
  • Cynthie Wautlet, MD 
  • Jenny Higgins, PhD
  • Rob Garza and Jackie Askins

Share your own messages of thanks! Give someone a shout-out here, and look at what others have shared on the UW Ob-Gyn Gratitude page.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


  • The UW Ob-Gyn essential services plan has received approval through June 30th for the Phase 1 expansion of essential services, which includes approval for scheduling tier 2 and tier 3 patients in clinics.
  • The ASOG division is working through surgery schedules at Meriter. Starting May 11, there will be more dedicated GYN surgery block time, and current projections suggest a possible return to regular surgery block schedules at Meriter by June 8.



  • The medical student education team in UW Ob-Gyn is exploring bringing Phase III students back into clinic. They’re also preparing a list of vital experiences medical students need to be on campus for as the UW-Madison campus considers how to handle educational experiences in the fall.
    • For virtual educational experiences, the team is working on best practices for including medical students on Vidyo patient visits.


  • Residents are back on rotation at most clinical locations right now; they should be back to the rest of the locations by next week.


  • Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 8:00 for the next virtual Department Meeting. Megan Peterson, NP, will present “The Hidden Positives of COVID: Reflections of Your Department APPs”. Watch on WebEx.


  • On Thursday, May 7, the National Academy of Medicine will host the webinar “Supporting Clinician Wellbeing During COVID-19”. You can watch online from 12:30-2:00pm (CT) on Thursday. A recorded version of the webinar will be available after the event.


Have questions about the UW-Madison furlough policy? The SMPH has shared FAQs about furlough and the medical school. SMPH Associate Dean for Human Resources Hope Broadus will also be available to answer questions at two town hall meetings on Wednesday, May 6:

Session 1:  Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:15 to 9:00 am

Meeting number: 194 930 427

Password: g98QUJb5fpq (49878525 from phones) 

To join by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0001 and use access code: 194 930 427


Session 2: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:15-3:00 pm

Meeting number: 190 761 952

Password: 8pkRviaWP96 (87578429 from phones) 

To join by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0001 and use access code: 190 761 952


As of May 1, some Wisconsin state parks and forests have re-opened after closing in early April. New conditions for visiting the parks are in place, including purchasing park passes online before visiting. Learn more about the best practices for visiting state parks here, and check out the map of opened parks. May we all find time to enjoy the outdoors again soon!

Find more resources to support mental and physical resilience on the UW Ob-Gyn Wellness Committee resources page.

XO, Laurel

UW Health COVID-19 / UW-Madison COVID-19 Plans and Response / U.S. CDC / Wisconsin DHS


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