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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

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Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - December 2014 (PDF)


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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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Recognition for Alban, Gordon, McAlpin, Puri

Physician News

Alban Wins Poster Award at American College of Surgeons Meeting

Rodrigo Alban, MD, won a "poster of exceptional merit" award at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons held in October in San Francisco. Out of more than 300 submissions, nine were selected for the award.

The title of the poster is "Implementation of Collaborative Practice Processes Increase Donation After Circulatory Death in a Level I Trauma Center."

Alban, a trauma and acute care surgeon, is associate program director of the General Surgery Residency and associate director of Surgical Performance Improvement.

To see the award-winning poster, click the PDF link below.

Rodrigo Alban, MD, Poster (PDF)

Leo Gordon, MD, at Rice University

Gordon Delivers Keynote Address to Herb Fred Society

Leo Gordon, MD, attending surgeon at Cedars-Sinai, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Herb Fred Society on Sept. 29 in Houston.

The Herb Fred Society was established by former residents, associates and friends of Herb Fred, MD, a legendary Texas medical educator. The event took place at the Rice University football stadium overlooking the playing field.

Gordon described Cedars-Sinai, its history and its evolution into a premier medical center. He also reviewed Fred's many contributions to medical education and the medical literature. Fred and Gordon share the belief that medical history should be incorporated into every medical education program.

Gordon's formal remarks — "Hail to the Chief Complaint!" — outlined the health problems of seven former presidents.

Asha Puri, MD

Columbus McCalpin, MD

Benjamin Kagan Society Inducts Puri, McCalpin

Asha Puri, MD, and the late Columbus McCalpin, MD, have been inducted into the Benjamin Kagan Society for going above and beyond their positions in leadership, teaching and research in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics.

Puri has been in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, for more than 30 years. She is associate clinical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. "She has been a marvelous teacher to many decades of medical students and residents and has published articles improving the care given to the high-risk premature infant," said Gerald Whitman, MD, chair of the society's nominating committee.

McCalpin, a former chief of Pediatric Surgery, was "a fantastically friendly and engaging person as well as a dedicated and wonderful pediatric surgeon," Whitman said.