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Meetings and Events

FDA Issues Advisories Regarding Valproate, Potiga and Kadcyla

Pharmacy Focus

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, anti-seizure medication valproate sodium and related products should not be taken by pregnant women for the prevention of migraine headaches. Also, the FDA says the anti-seizure medication Potiga (ezogabine) can cause blue skin discoloration and eye abnormalities, and that use of the incorrect nonproprietary name for the breast cancer drug Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumab emtansine) may result in medication errors.

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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 - May 2013 (PDF)

Nominations Sought for Medical Staff Leadership Development Program

The 2013-14 Cedars-Sinai Medical Staff Leadership Development Program will start in September. The program is aimed at training and motivating future leaders of the medical staff. Participants are nominated by department chairs and members of the Medical Executive Committee. Nominations are due by May 31.

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CS-Link Tip: SmartLink/Phrase Butler

Albert Fuchs, MD, an attending at Cedars-Sinai since 2000, says he likes to use the SmartLink/Phrase Butler in CS-Link™ to find smart phrases and smart links to improve the detail of his documentation.

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New Guidelines Limit Inpatient Gastric Emptying Studies

To ensure patients receive the most appropriate care, inpatient gastric emptying studies are now being limited at Cedars-Sinai to patients admitted to the hospital with unexplained nausea or vomiting.

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Health Information Department Moves

The Health Information Department has moved one door down. Its new home is the newly remodeled Room 2900 on the Plaza Level of the South Tower, adjacent to the Medical Library. The department had been in Room 2901.

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4N SCCT, Eighth Floor Bridge Door Closures Set for June 3

As part of a phased project to replace six doors in the Saperstein Critical Care Tower (SCCT), workers will be deconstructing the 4 North back door in SCCT and the eighth floor SCCT bridge door from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 3.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for April

See the names of those honored

The Circle of Friends program honored 113 people in April. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgement.

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Patient-Care Simulations Help Prepare for AHSP Opening

In preparation for its official opening, the 11-story Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion experienced a series of simulations last week to evaluate, among other things, operational flow in the new space.

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Prostate Cancer Researchers Begin Clinical Trial to Evaluate Cancer-Fighting Drug Therapy

Patients With Advanced Metastatic Prostate Cancer and Poor Prognoses are Focus of New Cedars-Sinai Study

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai have launched a clinical trial to investigate the effects of a cancer-fighting drug therapy that has shown favorable outcomes in patients with advanced metastatic prostate cancer.

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Service Line Director Promoted to Vice President

Joan August, MS, service line director for the Department of Surgery, has been promoted to the position of service line vice president effective July 1. August has been a member of the leadership team at Cedars-Sinai for more than 15 years.

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July Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks, Sand 'N' Snore

Summer is on its way, and July has a couple of treats in store for medical staff members and their families.

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