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CME Newsletter - June 2012 (PDF)

In memoriam

The following medical staff members recently passed away:

  • Irving H. Berkovitz, MD (1924-2012)
  • Stephen H. Greenberg, MD (1944-2012)
  • Sivam Ramanathan, MD (1943-2012)
  • David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD (1936-2012)

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Meetings and events

Gifts for Blood and Platelet Donors - Month of June

This month, blood and platelet donors will receive movie or meal tickets plus a beach mat. 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. Blood Donor Services is located in Room 1690 on the Street Level of the South Tower.

Donate Blood or Platelets - June Promotion (PDF)

Stop the Clot Forum for Patients, Families and Caregivers - June 9

Caregivers, patients and their family members who want to learn more about blood clots and clotting disorders will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field at this interactive forum on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Online registration is available at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1094061 or call (877) 466-2568.

Stop the Clot Forum - June 9

Remembrance of David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD - June 11

Please join colleagues and members of the Rimoin family in a program to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the late David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD. The event will be Monday, June 11, at 4 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.If you wish to make a gift in Rimoin's memory, please visit www.discoveringforlife.org/Rimoin.

Fundamentals of Jewish Thought - June 12

Rabbi Jason Weiner's weekly class, "Fundamentals of Jewish Thought," is held on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Chapel. For more information, contact Spiritual Care at ext. 3-5550.

Association for Women in Science Meeting - June 12

PhD and MD female and male researchers interested in promoting women in science are invited to this monthly coffee meeting. It will be held on Tuesday, June 12, at 4 p.m. in Davis Room 1004. Light snacks provided.

AWIS Coffee Hour - June 12 (PDF)

Preserving Tradition in Sickness and Health: The Jewish Hospital in the History of American Healthcare - June 13

Alan M. Kraut, PhD, professor of history at American University in Washington, D.C., will deliver the Rabbi Levi Meier Memorial Lecture on Jewish Values in Patient Care at the Center for Healthcare Ethics' Ethics Noon Conference. Glenn D. Braunstein, MD, vice president of Clinical Innovation, and Larry Platt, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Directors, also will speak. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. The lecture is supported by the Bernard and Gloria Salick Foundation in memory of Blanche and Max Martin Salick.

Preserving Tradition in Sickness and Health - June 13 (PDF)

IRB 101 - June 14

New research personnel are strongly encouraged to participate in this program aimed at providing a general overview on how to attain IRB approval at Cedars-Sinai for human subject research activities. The session will be held on Thursday, June 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Davis 1004. RSVP required to IRB@cshs.org.

An Introduction to the MMPI-2-RF - June 15

This six-hour workshop on Friday, June 15, introduces the 338-item version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form. The program is designed for psychologists, neuropsychologists, students and other health practitioners interested in mental health and the assessment of psychological conditions. The event will be held in Thalians Auditorium with breakfast and registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An Introduction to the MMPI-2RF with Yossi Ben-Porath, PhD (PDF)

Alumni Association: Organ Donation Saves Lives - June 19

The Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association will host Gloria Edel, author of the book "Four Livers and No Funeral," at its event on Tuesday, June 19, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Edel will discuss her unique experiences of living with repeated liver transplants and surviving against all odds. A Cedars-Sinai transplant specialist will discuss the history and current status of transplantation, the clinical advances in immunosuppressive drugs and the methodology of procuring organs. A screening of the movie based on the book "A Taste of My Own Medicine" will follow along with a Q&A session. Registration is at 6 p.m. with the presentation following at 6:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Admission is $15 for the general public and Cedars-Sinai employees and $5 for paid alumni members, volunteers and those in training.

SOCCI Clinical and Translational Research Workshop - June 22 application deadline

The third annual Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute Clinical and Translational Research Workshop, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 3 at Cedars-Sinai, is designed for junior/mid-level clinical researchers who have completed their doctoral degrees, are working in translational medicine and are seeking to keep current with advances in clinical trial design and translational research. The deadline to apply for the workshop is June 22 and the number of participants accepted will be limited. For information, visit www.cedars-sinai.edu/summerworkshop2012 or call ext. 3-6324.

SOCCI Clinical and Translational Research Workshop 2012 - Deadline Extended (PDF)

Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute Research Poster Presentation - June 29

Clinical and translational science cancer research posters will be on display and researchers will be available for discussion at the fourth annual Poster Presentation on Friday, June 29, from noon to 2 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. If you are interested in displaying a poster, please contact Maria Buscemi at maria.buscemi@cshs.org or (310) 248-6594. The deadline for poster submissions is Friday, June 22.

Are You Having Difficulty Starting Your Family? - July 12

Margareta D. Pisarska, MD, director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, will host a patient fertility seminar sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on Thursday, July 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse 1-2. Light refreshments will be provided. For information or to RSVP, contact Matt Saracusa at SaracusaM@cshs.org or ext. 3-4887.

Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery - July 14

At the conclusion of this half-day course, neurologists, internists, family practitioners, neurosurgeons, pain management and rehabilitation specialists, oncologists, and allied healthcare professionals will have an increased awareness of both established and emerging treatment options for brain tumors, movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease), degenerative neurological and spinal disorders, and endovascular and stroke management. The workshop will be held on Saturday, July 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at the Bakersfield Marriott. For information, contact Barbara Stokes, CME project manager, at (310) 423-2935.

Roadmap for the Gynecologic Surgeon: A Hands-On Course Focused on Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery - July 21-23

This advanced laparoscopic gynecologic surgery conference will provide an in-depth review of the latest information and techniques in gynecologic laparoscopic surgery. It is designed for clinicians who desire to advance their laparoscopic skills, improve dexterity with instrumentation and suturing, and apply these skills to perform more advanced gynecologic laparoscopic surgeries in their practices. Furthermore, this comprehensive conference offers hands on experience with energy sources in addition to laparoscopic instrumentation and suturing techniques. Participants will learn and practice these basic and advanced laparoscopic skills and techniques using laparoscopic trainers, computer simulators and cadavers. Program will be held July 21-23 in Harvey Morse Auditorium and the SLS Hotel. Saturday and Sunday hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday hours are from 7 a.m. to noon.

Annual Sand N' Snore - July 20

The dinner, sleepover and breakfast starts on Friday, July 20, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. Those who don't want to sleep on the sand are welcome to enjoy dinner and the evening with colleagues and their families. There's a limit of one tent per physician. Tickets for the whole event are $60 per adult and $40 for each child 12 and younger. Tickets for Friday's dinner only are $45 per adult and $20 for each child 12 and younger. Call Cheryl Verne (in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson) at (310) 423-2681 to reserve your spot.

Optimal Care and New Therapies for Advanced Heart Disease - Sept. 15

This one-day course features expert presenters on topics related to the diagnosis, treatment and management of advanced heart disease. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Riverside Marriott.