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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Feb. 17, 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

Dabigatran (Pradaxa) safety update

Pharmacy Focus

A safety update, reversal guidelines and a fact sheet regarding the anticoagulant dabigatran (Pradaxa®) were released recently.

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Meetings and events


Grand rounds

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Upcoming CME conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - February 2012 (PDF)

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Meetings and events

Dinner Raffle, Laugh Factory Tickets for Blood and Platelet Donors - Month of February

This month, Cedars-Sinai's blood donor facility will hold weekly drawings to win dinner for two at one of the following restaurants: The Capital Grille, Chaya Brasserie, Il Covo and Red O. Also, everyone who donates through April 30 will receive one complimentary ticket for two admissions to the Laugh Factory’s Hollywood or Long Beach locations (two drink minimum purchase required). To donate blood, contact John Barr at barrjx@cshs.org or ext. 3-2637. To donate platelets, contact Nina Vinick at vinickn@cshs.org or ext. 3-2414. The Rita and Taft Schreiber Blood Donor Facility is located in Room 1690 on the Street Level of the South Tower.

Blood Donor Dinner Drawings (PDF)

Laugh Factory Tickets (PDF)

The 28th Boris Catz, MD, Lectureship - Feb. 17

This lecture will introduce the participants to the principles of genetic studies in complex diseases and how they are being applied to autoimmune thyroid disease. The lecture will also discuss the new emerging mechanisms of gene-environment interaction through epigenetic modulation and their role in the etiology of thyroid autoimmunity. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. For information, contact Continuing Medical Education at (310) 423-5548.

Liver Tumors in the 21st Century - Feb. 18-19

This two-day conference is intended for surgical oncologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, primary care physicians and all other healthcare professionals who treat patients with primary or metastatic liver tumors. It will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. For information, contact Continuing Medical Education at (310) 423-5548.

James R. Klinenberg, MD, Symposium on Rheumatic Diseases - March 3

This program will emphasize early diagnosis, identification of risk factors for prognosis, early intervention and side effects or toxicities to treatment strategies for common rheumatologic conditions. Management and treatment of conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, new paradigms for the treatment of fibromyalgia, and the latest treatment advances in lupus and vasculitis will also be covered. The event will be held on Saturday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Langham in Pasadena. For more information, contact Continuing Medical Education at (310) 423-5548.

Educational Meeting in Gastroenterology - March 9-10

Cedars-Sinai's 12th Annual Educational Meeting in Gastroenterology is a two-day conference that will focus on motility disorders, hepatology, IBD and advanced interventional endoscopy. The event will be held Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. For more information, contact Continuing Medical Education at (310) 423-5548.

Multimodality Cancer Therapy - March 23-24

This symposium will highlight areas of comprehensive cancer care that are prototypic for management by more than one oncologic specialty. Program content is designed to close the gap in knowledge associated with treatment options for high risk prostate cancer patients, breast conserving surgical candidates, guidelines-based recommendations for lung cancer, early management of Merkel cell carcinoma and the appropriate use of targeted therapies in the management of aggressive brain tumors. The event is scheduled for March 23-24 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. For more information, contact Continuing Medical Education at (310) 423-5548.

Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition - April 26

The Ninth Annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 8 a.m. in ECC A-C. Suggested topics are welcome. For more information, please contact Leo Gordon, MD, at Leo.Gordon@cshs.org.

Annual Women and Ischemic Heart Disease Symposium - April 27

The purpose of this conference is to close the knowledge gap of physicians and allied healthcare professionals regarding sex-specific differences in cardiovascular disease and the impact these differences have on treatment options. It also will highlight the importance of identifying women at risk for cardiovascular disease and utilizing the most current evidence-based treatment strategies for improved patient outcomes. The event will be held in Harvey Morse Auditorium on Friday, April 27, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:55 p.m. For more information, contact Continuing Medical Education at (310) 423-5548.

Obstructive Lung Diseases: Clinical and Pathophysiologic Approach to Evaluation and Management - April 28

This one-day live conference is geared to providing the practicing clinician with the latest clinical and translational insights and advances in obstructive lung diseases, which are key to providing state of the art work-up and treatment in 2012. The event will be held in Harvey Morse Auditorium on Saturday, April 28. For more information, contact Continuing Medical Education at (310) 423-5548.

Hollywood Bowl Concert and Fireworks - July 3

Celebrate our country’s Independence Day with rousing patriotic music and the familiar tunes of special guest Barry Manilow at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, July 3. Cost is $125 per adult and $60 per child under age 12. Parking passes also are available.Call Cheryl Verne (in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson) at (310) 423-2681 to reserve your tickets.

Annual Sand N' Snore - July 20

Dig out the camping gear for this annual event at the Jonathon Beach Club in Santa Monica. Set up your tent at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 20, enjoy a BBQ dinner and a night of fun with family and colleagues. Breakfast served the next morning. Tickets limited to physicians and their immediate family. Cost is $60 per adult and $40 per child under age 12. Limit one tent per physician.Cost for those who don’t spend the night is $45 per adult and $20 per child under 12. Call Cheryl Verne (in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson) at (310) 423-2681 to reserve your tickets.