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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Nov. 22, 2013 | Archived Issues

Formulary Expanded; FDA Warns About Immune Globulins, Spinal Catheters, Cardiac Drugs

Pharmacy Focus

The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee added ticagrelor (Brilinta®) to the formulary and took other actions Oct. 1. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned about human immune globulin products, the use of spinal catheters in patients taking anticoagulants and two cardiac stress test agents.

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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 - November 2013 (PDF)

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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

From Operetta to Broadway: the Transatlantic Evolution of the American Musical – Nov. 25

The topic will be presented by Michael Miller, chair of the Ohio Light Opera Board of Directors and the founder and president of Operetta Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization. The event, sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association, will take place Monday, Nov. 25, 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 Association members, volunteers and those in training. RSVP to martin@cshs.org.

From Operetta to Broadway - Nov. 25 (PDF)

Endocrinology and Metabolism Update 2013 – Dec. 2

This course is designed to summarize and present the latest information in the diagnosis and management of endocrine and metabolic disorders, including pituitary disorders, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis and androgen-related disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It takes place Monday, Dec. 2, from 2:30-8:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Hanukkah Celebration and Menorah Lighting Ceremony – Dec. 4

The Spiritual Care Department’s annual Hanukkah celebration and Menorah lighting ceremony will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Plaza Lobby in front of the Chapel. For more information, call the department at ext. 3-5550.

11th Annual Emergency Medicine Symposium – Dec. 6

This course provides an overview and update on topics pertinent to emergency medicine practitioners, including using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in cardiac arrest and best management care of heart transplant patients. The course is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

Trendsetters Open House – Dec. 6

The employee networking group Trendsetters is holding an open house for prospective members Friday, Dec. 6, from 8-9 a.m. in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Pavilion Education Center 8. Prospective Trendsetters must be nominated for membership, either by themselves or by a superior, and endorsed by an immediate supervisor. A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the applicant's goals and potential contributions is also required. Preference will be given to applicants who have, or are pursuing, an advanced degree. Deadline for applications is Jan. 6. If you are interested in attending the open house, make a reservation by emailing trendsetters@cshs.org.

Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour – Dec. 10

Everyone interested in promoting women in science is invited to this monthly coffee meeting, which takes place the second Tuesday of each month from 4-5 p.m. in Davis 1004.

Women's Health Research Symposium – Dec. 19

"Childbirth: Risks and Benefits by Method of Delivery" will be presented by Kimberly D. Gregory, MD, MPH, vice chair of Women's Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Why is Vitamin D Deficiency/Insufficiency a Risk Factor for Women and Child Health?" will be presented by Calvin Hobel, MD, attending physician in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Helping Hand of Los Angeles-Miriam Jacobs Chair in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The symposium will take place Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5-7 p.m. in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 8. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to silvia.guzman@cshs.org.

Women’s Health Research Symposium - Dec. 19 (PDF)

Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT: 29th Annual Case Review with the Experts – Jan. 24-26

This multidisciplinary program is designed to address the need for increasing quality in performing, interpreting, reporting and applying nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT studies. Further, this course will emphasize physician competency and optimal laboratory performance of imaging studies in the areas of coronary artery disease and noncoronary cardiovascular disease. The course runs from Friday, Jan. 24, to Sunday, Jan. 26, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Sixth Annual Symposium on Neurovascular Disease – Jan. 25

This conference provides neurologists, neurosurgeons, internists, family practitioners and vascular surgeons, as well as allied healthcare professionals, new neurovascular data and the opportunity to discuss challenging clinical cases. Renowned regional and national faculty will present and discuss both traditional and leading-edge treatments and management strategies. The symposium will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. Click here for more information or to register.

13th Annual Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders – Jan. 30-Feb. 1

This symposium will focus on current treatment methodology, new and emerging technologies, and controversies in spine care management. Internationally recognized experts will present lectures focused on healthcare reform, innovations in spine surgeries, biologics and stem cells, minimally invasive surgeries, motion preservation, complications and controversies, and deformities and pain management. The course runs from Thursday, Jan. 30, to Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Click here for more information or to register.

21st International Symposium on Pancreatic and Biliary Endoscopy – Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Balanced viewpoints, special techniques and practical clinical approaches will be presented throughout the program by renowned international faculty. This symposium will provide an intensive and comprehensive review of pancreatic and biliary endoscopy for gastroenterologists, gastroenterology fellows and gastroenterology nurses. The symposium will run from Friday, Jan. 31, at 8 a.m. to Sunday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Harvey Morse Conference Center. Click here for more information or to register.

Liver Tumors: New Technologies and New Managements – Feb. 15-16

This 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. In addition to lecture format presentations, the course will include debate and panel discussions, question-and-answer sessions, case discussions and interactive video presentations. The conference is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Evidence-Based Psychiatric Consultation in Medical and Surgical Settings – Feb. 21

The course is designed to meet the needs of psychiatrists and physicians who are interested in acquiring current knowledge about the application of evidence-based models during the course of providing and requesting psychiatric consultation in the medical and surgical settings. The course will take place Friday, Feb. 21, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

The James R. Klinenberg, MD, Symposium on Rheumatic Diseases: Hot Topics in Rheumatology – Feb. 22

This CME activity will emphasize early diagnosis, identification of risk factors for prognosis, intervention, and side effects or toxicities to treatment strategies. The symposium will take place Saturday, Feb. 22, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Westin Pasadena. Click here for more information or to register.

14th Annual Educational Meeting in Gastroenterology – Feb. 28-March 1

A group of national experts will present new findings and guidelines in a clinical context that will be useful in a gastroenterology practice. The conference is intended for gastroenterologists and all other healthcare professionals who treat patients with gastrointestinal disorders. The conference will take place Friday, Feb. 28 to Saturday, March 1, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

A Night at the Museum – Feb. 28

Medical staff members and their families are invited to A Night at the Museum, a dinner and sleepover at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Friday, Feb. 28. Eat dinner in the shadow of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, and explore the most prolific trade route in history with a private tour through the museum's new exhibit "Traveling the Silk Road." Dinner, exhibits and entertainment are included, as is a continental breakfast. Cost is $65 per adult and $45 per child under 12. The cost for those who don't spend the night is $50 per adult and $25 per child under 12. Parking is $10 per car. Call Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 to reserve tickets.

Current Concepts and Challenges in the Management of Pain – March 15

To begin the process of managing pain, doctors must have an understanding of the mechanisms of pain, the pharmacology of analgesic medications, and the time to make a referral for more complex care.  This course will provide background and an update to address these issues by highlighting the clinical science of pain medicine and state-of-the-art therapies. The course will take place Saturday, March 15, from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Harvey Morse Conference Center. Click here for more information or to register.