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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Aug. 15, 2014 | Archived Issues

P and T Approvals, Tramadol Change, Warnings About Promacta and Sporanox

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the June 3 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, tramadol is now being managed as a controlled substance, and the federal government has released a warning about Promacta and a list of contraindications for Sporanox.

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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 - August 2014 (PDF)


Milestones

Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue. Click here to email us your milestones and comments.

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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

Sand 'N' Snore – Sept. 5

The dinner, sleepover and breakfast starts Friday, Sept. 5, 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 $60 per adult and $45 for each child under age 12. Tickets for Friday's dinner only are $50 per adult and $25 for each child younger than 12. To reserve a space, call Cheryl Verne, in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson, at 310-423-2681.

Optimizing Potential Through Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation – Sept. 6

This conference will provide updates in the clinical management and rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury. It is designed for neurologists, neurosurgeons, internists, family physicians and physiatrists. The conference will take place Saturday, Sept. 6, from 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Luxe Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour – Sept. 9

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.

Sinus Center Patient and Community Outreach Conference – Sept. 10

The Cedars-Sinai Sinus Center conference will take place Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6-7 p.m. in the Harvey Morse Executive Board Room. The presenter will be Robert Ruder, MD, an attending surgeon with the Sinus Center, Pediatric Surgical Services and the Thyroid Cancer Center. The conference will combine lectures with an open forum and a question-and-answer session about sinus disease and problems of the ear, nose and throat. Light refreshments will be served. For information, visit cedars-sinai.edu/sinusconference.

Sinus Center Patient Education Forums - March-December 2014 (PDF)

BRCA Symposium: 20th Anniversary of the Discovery of the BRCA Gene – Sept. 13

This conference will provide up-to-date information for clinical providers working with BRCA mutation carriers and those at risk regarding inherited gynecologic and breast cancer. The chair of the conference is Beth Y. Karlan, MD, director of the Women's Cancer Program at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, from 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Sofitel Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

"Autonomous" Decisions and the Ethics of Nudging (Ethics Noon Conference) – Sept. 17

The topic will be discussed by Jennifer S. Blumenthal-Barby, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, part of the Baylor College of Medicine. The Ethics Noon Conference will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17, at noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Autonomous Decisions and the Ethics of Nudging - Sept. 17 (PDF)

Michelangelo's Sculptures: How He Manipulated Anatomy (Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association) – Sept. 17

The topic will be discussed by Robert C. Klapper, MD, co-director of the Joint Replacement Program at the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center. He also is a sculptor. The Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Admission is $10 for the public and Cedars-Sinai employees, and $5 for members of the medical staff, volunteers and those in training.

Michelangelo's Sculptures - How He Manipulated Anatomy (Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association) - Sept. 17 (PDF)

Sixth Annual Los Angeles Orthopedic Trauma Symposium – Sept. 20

The symposium is intended to help surgeons and other healthcare providers who take emergency calls stay current with contemporary methods of fracture management. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 7 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at the Sofitel Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery 2014: Treatment and Management of Pituitary Diseases – Sept. 28

This conference is designed to increase healthcare providers' awareness and ability to assess established and emerging treatment options for the management of pituitary disorders. It is for endocrinologists, internists and allied healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of patients with pituitary disorders. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Huntington Beach. Click here for more information or to register.

State-of-the-Art Spine Care – Oct. 11

The conference will focus on current information on the management of spine patients for primary care and first contact providers. Spine specialists will present lectures focusing on evaluation and conservative treatment of spinal problems, imaging and techniques available for assistance in diagnosis of a spine problem, pain management, current spine techniques and technologies, and management of the pre- and post-surgical spine patient. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m.-4:20 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff – Oct. 20

The meeting will take place Monday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Highlights will include the chief of staff report, the CEO report and executive update, the Chief of Staff Award and the Pioneer in Medicine Award.

Third Annual Experimental Therapeutics in Oncology: the Road to Personalized Medicine – Nov. 7-8

This educational activity will provide guidance to front-line clinicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists with current information about new agents in oncology and the translation of the latest research to their patients. The symposium will cover drug and treatment updates with a focus on new agents in ovarian cancer, myeloma, head and neck cancers, renal cancer and hematological malignancies. The event will take place from Friday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 8, at 4:50 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Run for Her® – Nov. 9

The 10th annual Run for Her 5K Run and Friendship Walk to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and awareness will be held Sunday, Nov. 9, at Pan Pacific Park. You can sign up to participate at runforher.org. Use the discount code CSMC14 to get $10 off the $35 registration fee.

Kinky Boots – Nov. 11

Medical staff members are invited to the production of the award-winning musical "Kinky Boots" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. The cost is $110 per person and includes a pre-show dinner at the W Hotel across the street from the theater. Valet parking is available at the hotel. There is a limit of two tickets per physician. Call Cheryl Verne in the office of Marjorie Santore-Besson at 310-423-2681 to reserve tickets.

Multispecialty Plastic Surgery Symposium and the Bernard G. Sarnat, MD, Lectureship – Nov. 14-16

The goal of the course is to improve patient safety and physician performance while achieving the best possible outcomes for aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. In addition, the course will provide physician attendees comprehensive information on nonsurgical full facial rejuvenation, emphasizing combination therapies. The course will take place Friday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16, at the Sofitel Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery – Nov. 22

The course will give neurologists, internists, family practitioners, neurosurgeons, endocrinologists, oncologists and allied healthcare professionals an increased awareness of established and emerging treatment options for brain and pituitary tumors, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and endovascular and stroke management. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 22, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. Click here for more information or to register.

Arrhythmia Symposium at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute – Dec. 5

The conference will provide a clinically relevant update regarding the management of patients with a broad spectrum of heart rhythm disorders, as well as sudden cardiac arrest. The event will take place Friday, Dec. 5, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

12th Annual Emergency Medicine Symposium: a Practical Update – Dec. 11

This course will provide an overview and update on a range of topics pertinent to emergency medicine practitioners. This year’s lecture topics include acute cardiac emergencies, diagnosis of neurologic catastrophes and critical care at the end of life. The event will take place Thursday, Dec. 11, from 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders – Jan 29-31

The 14th annual 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 symposium will take place Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 29-31, at the Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Click here for more information or to register.