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P and T Approvals, FDA Warnings About Alglucosidase Alfa, Methoxy Polyethylene Glycol-Epoetin Beta

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Oct. 7 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about alglucosidase alfa and methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta.

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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 - December 2014 (PDF)


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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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

The Many Contributions of Thomas Hodgkin (Cedars-Sinai Emeritus Medical Staff) – Jan. 9

"Humani Nihil a Se Alienum Putabit: the Many Contributions of Thomas Hodgkin" will be discussed by Stephen A. Geller, MD, chair emeritus of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and adjunct professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. The annual Dr. Edward Shapiro Luncheon, presented by the Cedars-Sinai emeritus medical staff, will take place Friday, Jan. 9, from noon-1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free for dues-paying emeritus staff members, $15 for non-dues-paying members and guests if the payment is mailed with a reservation form.

Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour – Jan. 13

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.

Employee Wellness Day – Jan. 16

The third annual event will feature dozens of vendors and medical center departments teaching about wellness options. Hosted by the Employee Wellness Program, the event will include free 30-minute fitness classes, a chance to measure your body mass index and, for the first time, healthy food demonstrations. It will take place Friday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Preventive and Consultative Heart Center of Excellence Quarterly Meeting – Jan. 21

The meeting will take place Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 5-6:15 p.m. in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 6-7. Topics will include "Preparing Health Care for the Future" (Scott Weingarten, MD, senior vice president and chief clinical transformation officer), "Management of Adults With Congenital Heart Disease" (Alistair Phillips, MD), "Cardiac Replacement With a Total Artificial Heart" (Francisco Arabia, MD) and “Options for the No-Option Patient” (Timothy Henry, MD). The program directors are Daniel Berman, MD, and Asher Kimchi, MD.

Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT – Jan. 23-25

"Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT: 30th Annual Case Review with the Experts with 101 Evidence-based Cases" 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 coronary artery disease and noncoronary cardiovascular disease. The course will take place Friday-Sunday, Jan. 23-25, at the Harvey Morse Conference Center. Click here for more information or to register.

Symposium on Neurovascular Disease – Jan. 24

The seventh annual symposium will feature an update on acute stroke treatments, stroke risk factors in women, advancements in neurovascular surgery technologies and neural interface robotics following stroke. It will take place Saturday, Jan. 24, 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.

Comprehensive Transplant Center Open House – Jan. 29

The celebration of the new Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center will take place Thursday, Jan. 29, from 7-10 a.m. at 8900 Beverly Blvd. The event will include a continental breakfast, informal tours and musical entertainment. Shuttles will run between the center and in front of the North Tower from 6:45-10:30 a.m.

Comprehensive Transplant Center Open House - Jan. 29 (PDF)

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.

International Symposium on Pancreatic and Biliary Endoscopy – Jan. 29-Feb. 1

The 22nd annual symposium will provide an intensive and comprehensive review of pancreatic and biliary endoscopy for gastroenterologists, gastroenterology fellows and gastroenterology nurses. It will take place Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, at the Harvey Morse Conference Center. Click here for more information or to register.

A Night at the Aquarium – Feb. 7

Medical staff members and their families are invited to A Night at the Aquarium, a dinner and sleepover at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 7 p.m. Eat dinner in the shadow of a life-size blue whale replica, experience aquatic exhibits and interactive entertainment, and watch aquarium staff feed the seals and sea lions their breakfast. Pack sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and air mattresses (no tents). Dinner, exhibits and entertainment are included, as is a continental breakfast Sunday morning. Cost is $60 per adult and $45 per child age 3-11. The cost for those who don't spend the night is $50 per adult and $25 per child age 3-11. Parking is $8 per car. Contact Cheryl Verne in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org to reserve tickets.

Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease – Feb. 12-15

The symposium will provide a multidisciplinary overview of the diagnosis and treatment of all stages of breast cancer. Faculty members include experts in the fields of surgical, medical and radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, surgery and patient advocacy. It will take place Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 12-15, at the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Amelia Island, Fla. Click here for more information or to register.

Update in Obstetrics and Gynecology – Feb. 12

This annual update is intended to review topics that are timely and relevant to general and subspecialty OB/GYN providers. A multidisciplinary and inclusive approach will be used to address the latest controversies in the specialty relevant to each topic. It will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, from 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Educational Meeting in Gastroenterology – March 6-7

The 15th annual meeting will provide attendees with relevant information regarding developments in gastroenterology and new approaches to the management of gastrointestinal diseases. It will take place Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Sinus and Eustachian Tube Surgery: How I Do It – March 28

The conference will provide participants with the latest information on technological advances and innovative approaches to sinus surgery and other rapidly changing aspects of otolaryngological care. It will take place Saturday, March 28, from 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Liver Tumors: New Technologies and New Managements – May 16-17

Topics to be covered in the two-day conference include "Robotics in Liver Surgery," "Role of Nano Knife for Liver Lesions," "Liver Transplantation for Colorectal Malignancies?" and "The Latest Devices Available for Treating Liver Tumors." It will take place Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, at the Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage. Click here for more information or to register.