January 23 2009 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

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Physicians must complete 50 hours every two years

The Medical Board of California changed its requirements regarding Continuing Medical Education effective Jan. 12, 2009.

Make your diagnosis

A 53-year-old man brought to the Emergency Department after a witnessed seizure. The patient has no significant past medical history. On arrival, the patient was noted to have a mildly altered level of consciousness. Physical examination revealed no neurologic deficits.

FDA recalls oral sodium phosphate products

After a recent FDA warning regarding acute phosphate nephropathy associated with the use of oral sodium phosphate products for bowel preparation, all over-the-counter and prescription products have been recalled and will be unavailable until further notice.

In other news, the Pharmacy Department is available to manage patients' medications, and a PDF version of the P&T Committee approvals for December 2008 is available by clicking here.


Physicians play vital role in design of system

Cedars-Sinai physicians have provided more than 1,600 recommendations regarding the development of the new electronic information system, CS-Link. Many of these suggestions have come from those participating in the Clinical Content Taskforces and the Clinical Detailed Design Sessions.

World-class doctors draw students

Michelle Jones, above, is one of nine students in Cedars-Sinai's Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine.

Nine students from across the nation are midway through their first year in Cedars-Sinai's new graduate program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine.

The doctoral students have access to both clinicians and researchers as they study a variety of diseases from different perspectives.

Donating Time for Donate Life

Steven D. Colquhoun, M.D., (pictured) surgical director of Liver Transplantation at Cedars-Sinai, was among those who volunteered to decorate the Donate Life float for the Rose Parade. The float's theme was "Stars of Life" and featured 34 gold stars depicting loved ones who donated organs, corneas and tissue.

How to use Discharge Medication Lists

All M.D. users now have the ability to edit, add or remove medication information directly online in Web/VS.

Rather than printing out the discharge medication lists and editing them on paper, physicians will be able to update and save the final version online for later viewing and printing.


C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., will receive the inaugural Dr. Carolyn McCue Woman Cardiologist of the Year Award ...

Terrence Town, Ph.D., was named holder of the Ben Winters Endowed Chair in Regenerative Medicine ...

By Cynthia C. Nast, M.D.
Chair, Well-Being Committee

In May 2008, the California Medical Board discontinued its Diversion program, which treated physicians with substance abuse and mental health problems in a confidential manner. Hopefully, this program will be reinstated in some form within the future, although this is not likely before 2011.

Gene therapy used to eradicate brain tumors

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai have identified a series of molecular events that harness the power of the immune system to eradicate glioblastoma multiforme brain tumors.

Their findings, based on laboratory and animal studies, appeared in the Jan. 13 issue of PLoS Medicine, an open-access online journal of the Public Library of Science.

8th Annual Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders - Jan. 29 to Feb. 1

Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT: 23rd Annual Case Review with the Experts - Jan. 30 to Feb. 1

4th Annual Marlene Wald Memorial Go Red Day - Feb. 6


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