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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF June 7, 2013 | Archived Issues

P&T Committee Adds Medical-Grade Honey to Formulary

Pharmacy Focus

April's actions by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee include the addition of medical-grade honey to the formulary. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising healthcare professionals against using magnesium sulfate injections for more than five to seven days to stop pre-term labor in pregnant women.

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Cedars-Sinai Will Hold First PhD Graduation on June 11

Ahmed Ibrahim, left, and Morgan Clond are two of the students in the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine. Clond will graduate June 11.

Arthur Rubenstein, MB BCh, Will Deliver Commencement Address

Take a look around the Cedars-Sinai campus, and some of the biggest changes of the past year are easy to see. For example, the gleaming Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion poised to open its doors, the medical center buildings with fresh coats of paint, new landscaping and art sprucing up the campus.

Ask Leon G. Fine, MD, what the biggest advance at Cedars-Sinai has been in the last year, and he points to one that isn't as visible.

"What is the fundamental difference this year compared to last? Today, we are not only a world-class medical and research center, but we are also a degree-granting institution. Up to now, we have had growing and significant research initiatives, producing some incredibly important and interesting scientific discoveries. But, we were a research community without students," said Fine, vice dean of Research and Research Graduate Education, and chair of Biomedical Sciences.

Commencement Ceremony

The inaugural commencement of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine will be held Tuesday, June 11, at 4 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Arthur Rubenstein, MB BCh, a distinguished leader in American medicine whose research was key to understanding the natural history of diabetes, will speak at the ceremony.

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The graduate program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine will celebrate its first graduating class at commencement ceremonies on June 11 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Shlomo Melmed, senior vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the Medical Faculty, announced that Arthur Rubenstein, MB BCh, professor and emeritus dean of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will deliver the commencement address. Rubenstein, a distinguished leader in American medicine, is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was a pioneer in unraveling the role of disrupted insulin secretion and the developing natural history of diabetes. He developed the first accurate way to measure insulin secretion leading to a subsequent translational platform for over 40 years of diabetes research discovery.

The addition of graduate students has injected a new vibrancy and excitement into the Cedars-Sinai academic community. The graduates, the first to earn doctorates from Cedars-Sinai, will be clutching diplomas from a fully accredited program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted accreditation to the program in July 2012 – a tribute to how much was accomplished while maintaining the highest levels of quality.

Shabnam Ziaee (left) and Morgan Clond are students in the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine.

"There is virtually no record of a program getting accredited before a graduation," Fine said. "This speaks volumes about how much our program was able to accomplish quickly."

The program offers a doctorate in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine, with mentoring from both researchers and clinicians to produce graduates who are committed to applying basic science discovery that directly affects patients.

"When you look at graduate programs on a national level, there is a huge divide between basic science and clinical medicine," said David Underhill, PhD, director of the graduate program. "Our program bridges that issue, because we have the infrastructure to make that divide disappear."

The program has attracted a diverse student population, with about a quarter of students from under-represented minority groups. They are also diverse in their backgrounds and career plans. Many plan to continue research careers, others plan to pursue medical degrees. A number of students are MDs who wanted to go into research – and Underhill and Fine said they hope more physicians will do the same.

"We want students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of biological science, and how that relates to medicine," Fine said. "We also want to be responsive to the scientific interests of our students."

Among the students in the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine are Candy Bedoya (left) and Ahmed Ibrahim.

No matter which scientific discipline most interests students, the program's main goal is to instill an understanding of how basic science research relates to treatment and the pathophysiology of disease. The faculty and mentors include both physicians who diagnose and treat diseases, as well as scientists who delve into the underlying mechanisms of disease.

"It's not enough to simply have a complete understanding of the science," Fine said. "Our students have clinical exposure. We expect them to think and talk about the clinical issues related to the scientific concepts. Though we spend significant time in the laboratory, our focus remains on what these discoveries mean for real-world patients."

Students complete several laboratory rotations, including pairing them with clinical mentors. They familiarize themselves with laboratories and research of their choosing, and they observe patient care and clinical research. During the first year of study, students participate in structured workshops, seminars and journal clubs. During their second year, they choose a doctoral committee and complete a proposal for their dissertation research. In the final year, students complete their research, write their dissertation and defend it, and they meet regularly with their committees, and continue workshop and journal club activities.