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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Sept. 28, 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

Pantoprazole as preferred PPI, change from Gamunexto Gammaked

Pharmacy focus

Pantoprazole (Protonix®) is now the preferred proton pump inhibitor and Gammaked® is being dispensed in place of Gamunex®.

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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 - September 2012

Share Your News

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Meetings and events

The New ICU: Intensive Communication Unit - Sept. 28

An end-of-life expert who has created a series of videos to educate patients about advance-care planning choices will speak at the Department of Medicine grand rounds on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 a.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH, is internal medicine physician in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine who has explored the role of visual media in medical decision making.

13th Annual HIV/AIDS Conference - Sept. 28

This 13th annual conference will provide physicians and allied healthcare professionals with an interactive and engaging learning environment that addresses the evolution of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With a combined focus on evidence-based practice and social issues, this conference represents a singular opportunity to access cutting-edge research while collaborating with eminent professionals to develop best interaction and treatment practices for this population. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 28, from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SLS Hotel.

State of the Art Spine Care 2012 - Sept. 29

This conference will focus on the management of spine patients for primary-care and first-contact providers. Topics include: the basics of spine issues, imaging available for assistance in diagnosis, definitions of pain and its management, conservative treatment options, current spine techniques and technologies, and management of the pre- and post-surgical spine patient. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Celebration of the life of Jascha Heifetz - Oct. 4

Violinist and pianist Ayke Agus will introduce Peter Rosen's documentary film about Jascha Heifetz, of whom Agus was a pupil. Agus also will perform three brief pieces at this Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association event on Thursday, Oct. 4. 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.

Celebration of Jascha Heifetz - Oct. 4 (PDF)

Why Statistics? - Oct. 10

Andre Rogatko, PhD, is the first speaker in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute's Statistics in Medical Research Lecture Series. "Why Statistics?" will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click the following PDF for information on other lectures in the series.

Statistics in Medical Research Lecture Series (PDF)

Ethics Noon Conference: Transplanting Jehovah's Witnesses - Oct. 17

The ethical challenges in caring for individuals, serving communities and being responsible to society will be addressed in this Ethics Noon Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The guest speaker is Michael C. Lill, MD, medical director of Cedars-Sinai's Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, with comments by M. William Audeh, MD, MS, medical director of the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center and Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Ethics Noon Conference - Oct. 17 (PDF)

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff - Oct. 22

The annual meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Highlights include reports from the chief of staff and medical center leadership as well as the presentation of the Chief of Staff Award and the 2012 Pioneer in Medicine Award.

Medical Student Reception - Oct. 23

All medical staff members are invited to attend the annual Medical Student Reception on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The event includes a campus tour at 5:30 p.m. as well as dinner followed by a panel discussion of Cedars-Sinai's training opportunities, campus facilities and mission. If you would like to attend the reception, please RSVP to david.allen@cshs.org or call (310) 423-2126 by Oct. 15.

Medical Student Reception - Oct. 23 (PDF)

New Therapeutics in Oncology: The Road to Personalized Medicine - Oct. 26-27

This two-day workshop will cover new drugs and how they work with a focus on new agents in lung cancer, melanoma, GU and OB/Gyn malignancies, breast cancer, lymphoma, leukemia and neuroendocrine cancers. In addition, faculty will present new radiotherapy approaches, discuss new Phase I studies, including challenges and controversies in design and PDF evaluation. The event takes place Friday, Oct. 26, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here to register.

Aortic Dissection - Oct. 31

Hazim J. Safi, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at University of Texas at Houston Medical School, will speak at a combined Medicine/Surgery Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Multi-Specialty Plastic Surgery Symposium and the Bernard G. Sarnat, MD, Lectureship - Nov. 2-4

This three-day program – held Nov. 2-4 in Harvey Morse Auditorium – will present participants with leading-edge information regarding plastic and reconstructive surgical and non-surgical procedures that can be applied directly to their practice. The ultimate goals of the course are to improve patient safety and physician performance while achieving the best possible outcomes for aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery patients. The program will be divided into sessions with faculty panels and question and answer sessions interspersed to encourage interactivity between participants and session presenters. Click here for more information and to register.

Arrhythmia Symposium at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute: Focus On Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Dec. 7

The goal of this program is to provide clinically relevant, state-of-the-art information to healthcare providers regarding the management of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) with a particular emphasis on risk-stratification techniques. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5:15 to 9:15 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information and to register.

20th International Symposium on Pancreatic & Biliary Endoscopy Conference - Jan. 25-27

This teaching conference – scheduled for Jan. 25-27, 2013, in Harvey Morse Conference Center – will be held in cooperation with three major endoscopy centers in North America and Asia. It will be an intensive and comprehensive review of pancreatic and biliary endoscopy for gastroenterologists, gastroenterology fellows and gastroenterology nurses. Balanced viewpoints, special techniques and practical clinical approaches will be presented throughout the program. Our renowned international faculty members bring unique knowledge and excitement from Asia and North America. Click here for more information and to register.