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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Sept. 13, 2013 | Archived Issues

Meetings and Events

Kol Nidre Services – Sept. 13

Rabbi Jason Weiner will conduct Kol Nidre services at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Also participating will be cantor Jordan Gorfinkel. The services also will be broadcast on channel 50 of the inpatient TV system.

Jewish High Holidays Services - September (PDF)

Yom Kippur Services – Sept. 14

Rabbi Jason Weiner will conduct Yom Kippur services at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Also participating will be cantor Jordan Gorfinkel. The services also will be broadcast on channel 50 of the inpatient TV system.

Jewish High Holidays Services - September (PDF)

Magnet Recognition Program Site Visit – Sept. 16-19

Appraisers from the Magnet Recognition Program will be conducting a site visit Sept. 16-19 as part of Cedars-Sinai’s application for its fourth consecutive designation as a Magnet organization, which recognizes excellence in nursing services. Cedars-Sinai has been designated as a Magnet organization since 2000 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Magnet Redesignation Staff Notice (PDF)

Egg Freezing: Learn About Your Fertility Preservation Options – Sept. 17

The patient education seminar will be hosted by Margareta D. Pisarska, MD, Carolyn Alexander, MD, and Erica T. Wang, MD, MAS, from the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. The seminar runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 4. It is sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP at cedars-sinai.edu/cfrm.

Premiere of Documentary Film "Bernadette" – Sept. 17

The premiere of the film "Bernadette" — in which Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD, appears — will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the ArcLight Hollywood cinemas, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd. "Bernadette" tells the story of a young woman who lives a full life even as she struggles with the physical and emotional challenges of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neurological disorder that can weaken and contort the feet. Tickets are available at the theater's website.

The Least Worst Death: Moral Experience at Life's Edge – Sept. 18

Options for managing the end of life, and the complexity of patients' lives after making such choices, will be discussed at the Ethics Noon Conference, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The guest speaker will be Margaret P. Battin, PhD, distinguished professor in the Department of Philosophy and adjunct professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, part of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Ethics.

The Least Worst Death - Sept. 18 (PDF)

Retirement Reception Honoring James Loftus, MD – Sept. 19

In recognition his 26 years as co-chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, a reception honoring James Loftus, MD, is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Loftus stepped down from his administrative duties at the end of June but remains on the medical staff.

James Loftus, MD, Retirement Announcement (PDF)

Obamacare and the Practice of Medicine – Sept. 20

Public-health professor John J. Troidl, MBA, PhD, will speak to this topic at the annual Dr. Bernard Strauss Lecture, organized by the Cedars-Sinai Emeritus Medical Staff. Troidl holds a PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA in Finance with an emphasis in Healthcare from UCLA. He is a professor of Public Health at the University of California, Davis. The event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., with the lecture at noon. Admission is free for dues-paying Emeritus members, $15 for non dues-paying members and guests. RSVP to Kate Samuels, 310-892-1331 or katelasam@aol.com.

Obamacare and the Practice of Medicine - Sept. 20 (PDF)

Roadmap for the Gynecologic Surgeon: A Hands-On Course Focused on Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery – Sept. 21-23

This course will provide an in-depth review of the latest information and techniques in gynecologic laparoscopic surgery. This comprehensive conference offers hands on experience with energy sources in addition to laparoscopic instrumentation and suturing techniques. Participants will learn and practice these basic and advanced laparoscopic skills and techniques using laparoscopic trainers, computer simulators and cadavers. The course runs from Saturday, Sept. 21, to Monday, Sept. 23, in Harvey Morse Auditorium and the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Click here for more information or to register.

Pathways to Recovery in Stroke Rehabilitation – Sept. 21

This course will focus on the latest research and clinical advances impacting the acute management and the rehabilitation of stroke patients, including research in the field of neuroscience and motor learning. Former patients will share their experience to reinforce the need of keeping stroke patients at the center of their care. The course runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

5th Annual Los Angeles Orthopedic Trauma Symposium: Current Concepts and Controversies in Orthopedic Trauma – Sept. 28

Traumatic injuries remain the primary cause of death in young adults between the ages of 18 and 50. This course will address the latest techniques and algorithms for the care of patients with complex musculoskeletal problems through a combination of didactic lectures, expert panel case studies, and audience questions. The course runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. Click here for more information or to register.

Could Sybil Have Died Today? Preeclampsia in 2013: What Patients and Providers Need to Know – Oct. 8

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, are a leading cause of maternal mortality and neonatal morbidity and mortality, in part because of a failure of healthcare providers to recognize and respond to the warning signs. This course is designed to address that gap. This symposium will provide physicians with the latest information regarding the evaluation and treatment of preeclampsia. The course runs from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour – Oct. 8

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

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff – Oct. 21

The annual meeting of the medical staff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. It will include the chief of staff report, CEO report and executive update, the Chief of Staff Award, and the 2013 Pioneer in Medicine Award.

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff - Oct. 21 (PDF)

Multispecialty Plastic Surgery Symposium and Bernard G. Sarnat, MD, Lectureship – Nov. 1-3

The goals of this three-day program include improving patient safety and physician performance while achieving the best possible outcomes for aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. The conference runs Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Experts in MCS: Current State of the Art – Nov. 2

This one-day course will provide a concise review of knowledge and skills to facilitate the surgical and medical management of patients with advanced heart failure who are being assessed for and who have received durable mechanical circulatory support. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Click here for more information or to register.

New Therapeutics in Oncology: The Road to Personalized Medicine – Nov. 8-9

This course will provide guidance regarding the most current information available about new agents in oncology and the translation of the latest research to their patients. It will cover drug and treatment updates with a focus on new agents in GI malignancies, lung cancer, and lymphoma. Renowned faculty will present lectures on new radiotherapy approaches, new drug and surgical treatments of breast cancer, targeting the c-MET pathway, and a discussion of new Phase I studies. On the second day, a keynote address on personalized treatment of cancer and the context of vulnerability will be featured. The conference takes place from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and from 7 a.m. to 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

State of the Art Spine Care – Nov. 16

Intended for family practitioners, internists, neurologists, physiatrists, obstetricians/gynecologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the conference will focus on evaluation and conservative treatment of spinal problems, imaging and techniques available, pain management, current spine techniques and technologies, and management of the pre- and post-surgical spine patient. The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

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/metabolic disorders, including pituitary disorders, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis and androgen related disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It runs from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

11th Annual Emergency Medicine Symposium – A Practical Update – 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 Dec. 6 at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT: 29th Annual Case Review with the Experts – Jan. 24, 2014

The 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, 2014, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

13th Annual Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders – Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2014

The symposium will focus on current treatment methodology, new and emerging technologies and controversies in spine care management. The faculty will be comprised of internationally recognized experts who 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, 2014, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Click here for more information or to register.

Liver Tumors: New Technologies and New Managements – Feb. 15-16, 2014

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 Feb. 15-16, 2014, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.