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Physician News

Keith Black, M.D., was honored by the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association, and John Harold, M.D., was named president-elect of the American College of Cardiology.

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Meetings and Events

Pharmacy Focus

Carisoprodol to Become Schedule IV Drug on Jan. 11, 2012

Due to the potential for abuse of carisoprodol, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the decision to designate carisoprodol (SOMA) as a Schedule IV controlled substance.

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - December 2011 (PDF)

Grand Rounds

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Inpatient Specialists Are at Your Bedside, Around the Clock


When adult Medical Group patients need to be hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, they get expert care from a team of internal medicine specialists with specific expertise in hospital care. Also called hospitalists, these physicians are located in the hospital to allow around-the-clock care and physician access for patients. The hospitalists and their care team stay in close communication with patients and their physicians to ensure coordination of care in the hospital and a smooth transition after hospitalization.

Who will care for me in the hospital?

Your Medical Group physician works with the hospitalists associated with the Inpatient Specialty Program (ISP) to provide 24-hour care, seven days a week when you are hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai.

The ISP hospitalists are interviewed and hired based on criteria that include clinical excellence, interpersonal skills (warmth, compassion and communication) and work ethic.

In addition to the inpatient specialists, the ISP care team also includes nurse practitioners, care managers and administrative support staff. Working closely with the hospitalists, the care managers act as your liaison and help with care coordination and communication. They coordinate scheduling of tests and procedures, answer questions and ensure there are no unnecessary delays in your hospital care.

How are my primary physician and other specialists involved?

Rest assured the ISP team manages your care in partnership and close communication with your primary care physician and specialists. They are kept thoroughly updated throughout your hospital stay and have access to your medical record electronically so they can check on your status at any time. As well, your hospitalist has access to your medical history through your electronic medical record.

Why do I need a hospitalist?

Hospitalists don't have an outside office to run, so they are always available in the hospital when you need them, regardless of the time of night or day. They have a close working relationship with hospital staff and an intimate understanding of hospital processes that enables them to get things done efficiently and effectively for you. They have a great deal of experience managing acute inpatient illness, so you can feel confident you are getting the quality medical care you need.

When you're ready to be discharged, your hospitalist will discuss further treatment needs with your primary care physician. Your care manager will help arrange your follow-up care and assist with any home care or medical equipment needs you may have. At that point, you will be placed back into the care of your primary care physician and specialists for your ongoing medical needs.

(Pictured above: The Cedars-Sinai Inpatient Specialty Program (ISP) team includes 19 hospitalists, two nurse practitioners, eight care managers and their manager, plus three administrative support staff. Bradley T. Rosen, MD, MBA, is the ISP medical director. They provide care for hospitalized Medical Group patients 24/7.)