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June 09
6/9/20 - Operations Update

Welcome to the JUNE 9, 2020 update on UW Ob-Gyn departmental operations.  


The UW SMPH chapter of the Student National Medical Association has started a White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) Chapter, and will officially kick it off with an event at the Wisconsin State Capitol, this Saturday, June 13th at 10am. More details about the event available in this flyer (PDF).

We all contribute to the department’s environment, and we all have a part to play in making UW Ob-Gyn welcoming and inclusive. Building an inclusive department is an ongoing effort, not a one-time exercise. Please take a look at this three-part Rx for an Inclusive Ob-Gyn. The Ob-Gyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee curated an ever-evolving collection of resources to support the activity and help us foster a culture of inclusion and respect among our patients, employees, learners, and the communities we serve.



Medical students will be back in rotations on July 6, 2020. The Phase 3 students who have onboarded so far have felt very welcomed and supported – thanks to all who have been part of their onboarding in recent weeks!


On Thursday, June 11, join us online for a Grand Rounds presentation from Antonio Romo De Vivar Chavez, MD: “Building the Most Important Memories of Residency, Your Muscle Memory: Surgical Simulation in Ob-Gyn Training”

Meeting number (access code): 192 849 972 

Meeting password: gr061120 (47061120 from phones)


The UW SMPH will offer two virtual book clubs to discuss issues of racism and inequity in the United States. Both discussions are open to SMPH faculty, staff, and learners. To facilitate conversation, participation is limited but additional dates will be added if registration fills:

    • On June 24, Vera Tsenkova, PhD, Director of Health Profession Student Research will lead a discussion of So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Register
    • On July 7, Elizabeth Petty, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Tracy Downs, MD, Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will lead a discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Register


The laboratory research Phase 1 reboot proposal will be submitted to SMPH soon, and plans for gradual reopening of research will follow. Thanks to Reproductive Sciences Division Director Manish Patankar, PhD and Research Manager Andrea Zorbas for preparing our department to return to research!


Since some degree of working from home will be the new normal for a while, we should focus on ways to make this sustainable from a personal and professional standpoint. Take a look at these resources to support good boundaries between work life and home life, when home and work are the same place:

You can 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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