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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Feb. 3, 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

New FDA alerts

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the following alerts:

- Maraviroc (Selzentry®) and hepatotoxicity

- Risk to children of secondary exposure of estradiol transdermal spray (Evamist®)

- Update: Boxed warning for perflutren lipid microsphere (Definity®)

- Boxed warning update for the entire class of TNF-alpha blockers

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Meetings and events


Grand rounds

Click here to view upcoming Grand Rounds.


Upcoming CME conferences

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

CME Newsletter - January 2012 (PDF)

Inpatient psychiatry admissions to cease Feb. 4

Effective Saturday, Feb. 4, at 12:01 a.m., patients will no longer be admitted to 3 West, the inpatient psychiatry unit, as part of the previously announced changes in psychiatry. Patients requiring inpatient psychiatry services who present to our Emergency Department will be referred to other facilities.

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Less than 30 days until CS-Link go-live

We are now less than 30 days away from the March 2 CS-Link™ go-live.If you have not signed up for your eight hours of CS-Link training, you need to do so now. You must complete training by March 2, 2012, in order to access CS-Link after March 2 to care for patients.

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Warning about phone scam and phishing messages

By Spencer L. SooHoo, PhD
Chief Security Officer, EIS

There are two recent computer-related scams targeting Cedars-Sinai.


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Danovitch named chair of Department of Psychiatry

Itai Danovitch, MD, has been selected as the new chair of Cedars-Sinai's Department of Psychiatry. As chair of the newly restructured department, Danovitch will lead faculty and staff through the transformation of the department with a focus on providing high-quality patient care through its hospital-based consultation/liaison services.

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Maya named co-chair of Department of Imaging

Marcel Maya, MD, has been selected as the new co-chair of the Department of Imaging at Cedars-Sinai. As co-chair, Maya will be working closely with department chair Barry D. Pressman, MD, in handling the administrative responsibilities of the department.


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Medical Library has 2012 Physician's Desk Reference for $20

Cedars-Sinai's Medical Library is selling copies of the 2012 Physician's Desk Reference for $20 - a quarter of the cost charged by most booksellers.



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Teen Volunteer applications available Feb. 1

Do you know a young person who is interested in participating in our Teen Volunteer Program? They might be interested in pursuing a life in medicine, making a difference in our community or just in need of community service hours. Those who will be at least 14 years old by June 1 are encouraged by the Volunteer Services Department to apply to this program.

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Inpatient psychiatry admissions to cease Feb. 4

Effective Saturday, Feb. 4, at 12:01 a.m., patients will no longer be admitted to 3 West, the inpatient psychiatry unit, as part of the previously announced changes in psychiatry. Patients requiring inpatient psychiatry services who present to our Emergency Department will be referred to other facilities. 

We will continue to provide services to the remaining patients in 3 West until the unit is closed on March 9, 2012. 

Less than 30 days until CS-Link go-live

We are now less than 30 days away from the March 2 CS-Link™ go-live.If you have not signed up for your eight hours of CS-Link training, you need to do so now. You must complete training by March 2, 2012, in order to access CS-Link after March 2 to care for patients.

To sign-up for training, call (310) 423-2828 (option 7) or ext. 3-2828 (option 7) any time of the day. You also may complete the training registration form online at www.cslinkcentral.org. (The information will be sent to the registration staff who will sign the physician up for training).

First e-learning, then classroom training

We strongly encourage you to get familiar with CS-Link by completing the e-Learning modules (below) before attending instructor-led training. Each module takes only about 10-minutes to review and can be accessed at www.cslinkcentral.org.

  • Introduction to CS-Link
  • Navigators
  • Notes
  • Order Sets/Orders
  • In Basket

I completed training. Now what?

  • Practice, Practice, Practice (office hours)

    Practice your newly acquired skills during office hours in the Medical Staff Lounge (Plaza Level, Room 2810). Office hours are staffed by personnel, such as our CS-Link Physician Super Users, who possess an in-depth knowledge of CS-Link and Cedars-Sinai’s specific workflows.

    Office hours are available Monday through Friday.
    • 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. (except Friday)
  • More learning post training (workshop)

    You’ve completed your CS-Link training, however, you still have questions or want to learn more about certain topics such as order management. Attend a workshop!

    Workshops are hour-long sessions that will provide an indepth review of CS-Link functionality of special interest to physicians. Sessions will be offered in the Medical Staff Lounge (Room 2810) at the following times:
    • Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1p.m.

To find out more about Workshop topics, go to www.cslinkcentral.org or pick up a pocket card in the Medical Staff Lounge.

Got a question?

Contact Chief Medical Information Officer Paul Silka, MD, at Paul.Silka@cshs.org or send an email to AskCSLink@cshs.org.

CS-Link Physician eNews - Jan. 30 (PDF)

Warning about phone scam and phishing messages

By Spencer L. SooHoo, PhD
Chief Security Officer, EIS

There are two recent computer-related scams targeting Cedars-Sinai.

Phone scam

We recently received at least two reports of a phone scam where the caller says they are a "new vendor" for Cedars-Sinai and are calling because "your computer is spamming a lot of network errors." The caller asks you to connect to a website and click on a button to install remote control software so they can "fix" the problem.

This remote control software effectively gives the caller control over your computer and they can see what is on the screen, run programs, download other programs (i.e. malware), view files, etc. In one of these instances, the caller said would cost $10-$60 to "fix" the problem. The user got suspicious, hung up, and called the EIS/Dell helpdesk to report the incident. By then, the caller already had control of the computer.

EIS and Dell support staff use a similar type of software to provide remote support, so if you ever receive a call from "IT support" with a request to go to a specific website and authorize a login, make sure you get the caller’s name and look it up in the Exchange mail directory’s Global Address List (GAL). If you are still in doubt, don’t hesitate to call the EIS/Dell service desk at (310) 423-6428. The only people who will be calling to provide remote support will be either EIS or Dell employees - they will have a Cedars-Sinai e-mail account and be listed in Exchange.

Email phishing attack

On Monday, we received several reports of an email phishing attack. The email message tells you that you have exceeded the storage limit on your cshs.org email box, and you must click on a link to fix the problem. Once you click on the link, you are prompted to enter your username and password.

If you did this, please change your password immediately. When some users fell for this attack in the past, the attacker used their username/password to log into their mailbox to send out spam (see my blog on this http://blog.csmc.edu/csoblog/2011/10/11/were-not-1-thank-goodness/). (Please note this blog is available only within the Cedars-Sinai campus network.)

As part of an effort to help you distinguish between legitimate mail messages and scams/phishing messages, all messages with a link to a login page will have the Cedars-Sinai Security seal shown at right. This is scheduled to be phased in over the next few months and will be implemented in conjunction with a website that lists legitimate broadcast messages sent to all Cedars-Sinai workforce members.

If you have any questions, please contact me at spencer.soohoo@cshs.org.

Danovitch named chair of Department of Psychiatry

Itai Danovitch, MD, has been selected as the new chair of Cedars-Sinai's Department of Psychiatry.

As chair of the newly restructured department, Danovitch will lead faculty and staff through the transformation of the department with a focus on providing high-quality patient care through its hospital-based consultation/liaison services, said Shlomo Melmed, MD, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the Medical Faculty, and Mark Gavens, senior vice president for Clinical Care Services and Chief Operating Officer.

The emphasis will be on enhancing relationships between the Department of Psychiatry and key clinical programs and specialty services throughout the institution. In addition to delivering critical psychiatric services through the medical center, the department will provide expert psychiatric consultation in specialty areas such as the Emergency Department, Comprehensive Transplant Center and the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center.

"The next six months will produce evolving transitions for patients, staff, trainees and faculty, and I am committed to working closely with our leadership to uphold commitments to each of these groups, while striving to ensure continuity of medical center service needs and quality," Danovitch said.

Sarah J. Kilpatrick, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, led the search committee for the position.

Maya named co-chair of Department of Imaging

Marcel Maya, MD, has been selected as the new co-chair of the Department of Imaging at Cedars-Sinai.

As co-chair, Maya will be working closely with department chair Barry D. Pressman, MD, in handling the administrative responsibilities of the department. He assumes the position from Alan Waxman, MD, who has served as co-chair for the past 15 years, and is now turning more of his attention to nuclear medicine research and teaching while maintaining his clinical practice.

Maya is an interventional neuroradiologist at Cedars-Sinai, having joined the staff in 1999. For the last nine years, he has been director of the Radiology Residency Program, and has been instrumental in transforming it to its current local and national status. He has provided leadership on numerous academic and administrative committees, and is currently chair of the Health Information Committee. He is a recipient of the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. Maya also has extensive research experience and has been published in numerous professional journals.

"I look forward to working closely with various departments and hospital administrative committees to further advance our Imaging department's mission of excellence in clinical care, education and research," he said.

Maya received his medical degree from Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey. He completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, and his fellowship in Neuroradiology at New York University Medical Center. He is board certified in radiology, with a sub-specialty certification in neuroradiology and is an active member of the Society of Neuro-Interventional Surgery.

Medical Library has 2012 Physician's Desk Reference for $20

Cedars-Sinai's Medical Library is selling copies of the 2012 Physician's Desk Reference for $20 - a quarter of the cost charged by most booksellers.

All proceeds benefit the Medical Library. To purchase your copy, email the library at library@cshs.org or call (310) 423-3751.

Teen Volunteer applications available Feb. 1

Do you know a young person who is interested in participating in our Teen Volunteer Program? They might be interested in pursuing a life in medicine, making a difference in our community or just in need of community service hours. Those who will be at least 14 years old by June 1 are encouraged by the Volunteer Services Department to apply to this program.

Teen Program applications will be made available for a limited time online beginning Feb. 1 at www.cedars-sinai.edu/teenvolunteers. Typically, we are able to accommodate between 200 and 300 new teen applicants in our program, so we encourage early applications.

What's new for the Teen Volunteer Program?

This year, the program year will encourage teens to commit to a full year of volunteering. Previously, teens had to reapply each summer and academic session. In this revamped approach, teens will apply once a year to participate as a volunteer and will start at the medical center in June.

The program still will consist of two sessions, summer and academic, but teens will only need to apply once. Volunteer Services will coordinate schedules with the teens for both their four-hour shift once a week during the summer and a two-hour shift once a week during the academic session. With one application and one interview, teens are set for an entire year volunteering.

Application and training

After applying online, teens will be contacted to schedule an interview. Their parents are encouraged to come along for a short information meeting. After their interview, teens will be provided dates for orientations and other key information, including how to obtain a mandatory health clearance.

What if my teen is returning to volunteer?

If your teen has volunteered in the program in the past two years, they need not reapply. Instead, they will receive information in March to get them started in the 2012-13 program. Please be on the look-out as there will be important dates and information sent to your home and teens' emails.If you have not received anything by mid-March, please contact the program (see information below).

Teen Volunteer Program (PDF)

If teens have questions about starting in or returning to the program, they may contact a volunteer coordinator at (310) 423-8044 or via email at TeenVolunteerProgram@cshs.org.

Pictured above: Teen Volunteers hand out Thanksgiving cards in November. On cover: Dina Hauptschein, left, and her sister Ariella Hauptschein, wish patient Kymisha Dupree a Happy Thanksgiving.