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December P&T decisions released

Pharmacy Focus

December Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions and pertinent agenda topics are summarized in the PDF file below. Highlights include: updated C. diff treatment guidelines, dabigatran safety analysis, nesiritide guidelines, and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies for rosiglitazone and dofetilide.

P&T Approvals: December 2011 (PDF)

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 - January 2012 (PDF)

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On MLK Day, a call to service and a celebration

Kevin Powell's words were consistent and tastefully humorous.They were bold, but balanced with an eloquence befitting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the legendary civil rights leader who was slain while advocating for love, peace and non-violence in America.

"We have to be what we want to see on this planet," said Powell, pictured at right, a political activist and entrepreneur who has written numerous books and has been published in Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone.

Powell was this year's guest speaker at the10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration co-sponsored by the medical center and medical staff and co-chaired by Joel Geiderman, MD, and Keith Black, MD. A powerful recitation of King's "I Have a Dream" speech by the Rev. Fred Johnson provided an emotional preamble to Powell's talk.

Cedars-Sinai Board of Directors Chair Lawrence B. Platt introduced Powell by underscoring the medical center's belief in King's message.

"We work to bring hope and healing to every corner of our community," Platt told those assembled in Harvey Morse Auditorium on Monday.

Powell, who overcame poverty and was raised by a single mother, described Cedars-Sinai as a "phenomenal establishment" with notable diversity. He spoke of several ways to carry the "baton" King left behind, first being that everyone project a "dangerous kind of unselfishness."

"We need to ask ourselves: ‘Why are we on this planet today?'" he said. "We need to dedicate our lives to doing something."

Powell suggested those in the standing room only crowd should help others - not just the less fortunate overseas but also the needy here in Los Angeles.

"Just go to Skid Row," he said. "There is nothing wrong with being middle class or wealthy. But, there is something wrong if your privilege is not tied to a sense of humanity."

His speech was followed by R&B singer Goapele, pictured at right, who performed several numbers including Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come."

Karyn Hardaway, a management assistant II for the Lifeline program, attended the celebration and got herself photographed with the singer.

"Kevin (Powell) kind of touched all the bases," she said. "Martin Luther King Jr. Day is about everyone. He said we are all brothers and sisters and not just on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I think that's what people need to understand. I also liked his examples of how we can live our lives, such as helping those who are less fortunate or in need."