April 16, 2010 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
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April 16, 2010 Issue

Did You Wash Your Hands?

MEC launches campaign

The Medical Executive Committee has approved a campaign to improve physician hand hygiene compliance at the medical center. Look for detailed information in future issues of Pulse as the campaign rolls out later this month.

Pharmacy Focus

Droperidol has been removed from the Cedars-Sinai formulary and can no longer be prescribed in the medical center. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Phillip Zakowski, M.D., chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, at phillip.zakowski@cshs.org.

Deadline Nears for Hollywood Bowl and Sand N' Snore Tickets

The deadlines for physicians to order tickets to the Hollywood Bowl Fireworks Spectacular and Sand N’ Snore are fast approaching.

ED Doc Launches 
iPhone App

David "Brady" Pregerson, M.D., wants people to download his new iPhone app - just not when they're driving or crossing the street.

The "Think Twice" app, which is based on his pocket book of the same name, launched April 7 and can be found in the medical section of the iTunes store.

(l-r) Mark S. Siegel, chair of Cedars-Sinai’s Board of Directors, Stephen D. Smith, keynote speaker, and Dr. Joel Geiderman, co-chair of the event, talk before the program.

Yom Ha'Shoah Event Marks 26th Year

Shoah Foundation Institute executive director speaks at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

One of the world's leading advocates of Holocaust education and genocide prevention was the keynote speaker at this year's Yom Ha'Shoah program at Cedars-Sinai.

More than 300 physicians, employees, volunteers, and community members attended the event to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Hereditary Cancer Program Goals Expanded

The Women's Cancer Research Institute's Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Detection Program is expanding.

"As our knowledge about the biology and behavior of BRCA-associated hereditary cancers has evolved, the Gilda Radner Program's goals have transitioned to focus on identifying molecular modifiers and predictors of disease penetrance, allelic heterogeneity, improved screening strategies and targeted therapies," said Beth Y. Karlan, M.D., director of the program.

Web/VS Tip of the Week

Using the Discharge Medication List

Printing of an inpatient detailed Discharge Medication List is currently available in Web/VS. 

Research Corner

Team identifies ulcerative colitis genes

A study of the human genome led by Cedars-Sinai researchers has identified genes linked to ulcerative colitis, offering clues as to what causes the condition and potential avenues for new therapies to treat the disease.

Melmed Honored with Transatlantic Medal

The Society for Endocrinology presented its 2010 Transatlantic Medal to Shlomo Melmed, M.D., senior vice president of academic affairs, dean of the medical faculty, for his achievements in the field of pituitary research.

Meetings and Events

Great Debates in Clinical Medicine - April 29

The Seventh Annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will be held Thursday, April 29, at 8 a.m. in ECC A-C. The topic will be "Deal or No Deal - The Sale of Human Organs to Address the Organ Shortage in America."

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