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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF March 15, 2013 | Archived Issues

Heparin Therapy: Change in PTT Goal Ranges

Pharmacy Focus

The laboratory has changed reagent for the aPTT and PT/INR. There is no impact on the PT/INR values. However, the therapeutic aPTT ranges changed starting Feb. 22.

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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 - February 2013 (PDF)

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 - March 2013 (PDF)

Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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Meetings and Events

13th Annual Educational Meeting in Gastroenterology – March 1-2

Presented by the Center for Digestive Disease at Cedars-Sinai, the 13th annual program updates attendees on new developments in gastroenterology. It will be held March 1-2 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information and to register.

Success With Failure: An Advanced Heart Disease Symposium – March 7

This symposium will enable practitioners to gain insight in to the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances for patients with advanced cardiac disease. This continuing medical education program is designed for physicians and allied health professionals, including nurse practitioners, transplant coordinators, physician assistants, RNs and case managers interested in the prevention and management of heart failure, heart transplant evaluation, posttransplant care and surgical options in heart failure. It runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Hilton Universal City. It is sponsored by California Heart Center Foundation, an affiliate of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

Success With Failure - An Advanced Heart Disease Symposium - March 7 (PDF)

Comprehensive Approach to the Treatment of Obesity – March 8

This program will provide a comprehensive review of the medical and surgical treatment options for obesity, including the newest FDA-approved pharmacologic treatment options and the newest surgical advances for weight loss. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Click here for more information or to register. 

Nanomedicine for Imaging and Treatment Conference – March 15-16

The second annual conference is aimed at bringing together a multidisciplinary group of nationally and internationally renowned academic researchers, clinicians, NIH and private industry for a compelling discussion on identified issues and emerging aspects in the field of nanomedicine. The conference will emphasize recent achievements in drug delivery, nanomedicine and imaging, the role of the National Institutes of Health in nanodrug development, and the latest preclinical and clinical advances in the treatment of cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and other pathological conditions. It will take place March 15 and 16 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. It is sponsored by the Department of Neurosurgery and the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Register at nanomedtech.org. For more information, call the Department of Neurosurgery at ext. 39522.

Nanomedicine Conference - March 15-16 (PDF)

Medicine and Spiritual Care: a Shared Commitment to Listening on the Way to Healing – March 20

The Rev. George Handzo, MDiv, will speak to this topic at the Ethics Noon Conference from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Handzo is president of Handzo Consulting and senior consultant for HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York. Objectives for the presentation are to identify spiritual care dimensions of the illness experience, discuss ways for integrating spiritual care into patients’ overall plans of care, and explain how to partner with professional chaplains on the care team. For more information, contact the Center for Healthcare Ethics, sponsor of the Ethics Noon Conference series, at (310) 423-9636.

Medicine and Spiritual Care - March 20 (PDF)

Current Concepts and Challenges in the Management of Pain – March 23

This course will provide background and updates on the clinical science of pain medicine and state-of-the-art therapies. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra Performance – March 28

The orchestra, with Music Director Ivan Shulman, MD, will perform Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, at this Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association event. A Q&A session will follow a film screening. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the presentation follows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Harvey Morse Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for the general public and Cedars-Sinai employees, and $5 for paid alumni members and in-training/volunteers. RSVP to (310) 423-8047 or martin@cshs.org.

LA Doctors Symphony Orchestra Performance - March 28 (PDF)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training – March 29

Training in transportation of dangerous goods will be offered March 29. Anyone who prepares for shipment packages containing biological materials, patient specimens or dry ice must attend the training. The classes are for individuals undergoing initial or refresher training (required every two years). Please email Edward David with Environmental Health and Safety, davidev@cshs.org, with the following information to reserve a place in the class: name, employee number, department extension and class date. For details, click on the PDF link below.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training - Feb. 25, March 29 (PDF)

Prostate Cancer Update 2013 – April 13

Combining didactic lectures with small working groups, this conference will review landmark studies in prostate cancer while explaining the rationale behind often conflicting recommendations made by national medical organizations. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition – April 18

The 10th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition committee will convene at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 18, in ECC A-C.

Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery 2013 - Santa Barbara – April 20

The course will present both established and emerging treatment options for brain and pituitary tumors; movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease; and endovascular and stroke management. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Click here for more information or to register.

Multiple Sclerosis Care Forum – April 27

This program will discuss how to successfully provide high-quality, cost-effective care to individuals with multiple sclerosis. It runs from 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles. Click here for more information or to register.

6th Annual Office Orthopaedics Conference: The Essentials of Non-Operative Musculoskeletal Care – May 4

The goal of this program is to discuss the most common disorders of the musculoskeletal system; attendees will learn about both surgical techniques and nonsurgical treatment plans to restore function and range of motion in patients. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

3rd Annual Immunology LA – May 23

The 3rd Annual Immunology LA, a meeting of immunologists from the Los Angeles area, will be held May 23 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The meeting is sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Research Division of Immunology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Registration and abstract submissions will open in February. For more information, visit the event's Web page or email immunologyLA@csmc.edu.

3rd Annual Immunology LA - May 23 (PDF)

Pediatrics State of the Art 2013 – June 1

This symposium will provide pediatric providers with the latest information regarding the evaluation, treatment and management of complex conditions commonly seen in the pediatric medical home. The course will include both didactic and case-based sessions with real-time audience polling. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Harvey Morse Conference Center. Click here for more information or to register.

Liver Tumors: New Technologies and New Managements – June 8-9

This two-day conference is intended for surgical oncologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, primary care physicians and all other healthcare professionals who treat patients with primary or metastatic liver tumors. It begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, and ends at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Hollywood Bowl Fireworks – July 3

Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Josh Groban. Open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $125 per adult and $60 per child younger than 12. To reserve tickets, call Cheryl Verne (in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson) at (310) 423-2681.

Sand 'N' Snore – July 19

The dinner, sleepover and breakfast starts Friday, July 19, 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 $65 per adult and $40 for each child 12 and younger. Tickets for Friday's dinner only are $50 per adult and $20 for each child younger than 12. Call Cheryl Verne (in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson) at (310) 423-2681 to reserve your spot.