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Recognition for Gewertz, Gordon, Sandler

Physician News

Bruce Gewertz, MD, earned the Women's Guild Medical Visionary Award, Leo Gordon, MD, addressed the Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library, and Howard M. Sandler, MD, chaired a National Cancer Institute group that made recommendations regarding prostate cancer.

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Alerts Issued for Linaclotide, Omalizumab

Pharmacy Focus

A new boxed warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says linaclotide capsules are contraindicated in patients up to 6 years old, and the FDA has issued a new alert regarding omalizumab.

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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 - October 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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Annual Meeting of Medical Staff Is Oct. 20

The annual meeting of the medical staff is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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New Flu Policy Takes Effect Nov. 1

To help protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff, Cedars-Sinai is implementing a new flu vaccination policy that will be in effect for the duration of the flu season, from Nov. 1 through March 31, 2015. The new policy applies across the health system and is the same for everyone, including medical staff.

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Ebola Preparedness

From Chris Ng, MD, Chief of Staff; Rekha Murthy, MD, Director, Hospital Epidemiology

Effective immediately, Cedars-Sinai Health System is implementing an expanded set of procedures aimed at detecting and isolating patients with risk factors and symptoms of potential Ebola virus disease (EVD) who may present in any Cedars-Sinai outpatient offices/clinics and procedural areas.

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TJC Tidbits: Practical Reminders for the Survey

The pending, unannounced survey by the Joint Commission (TJC), which will take place before Dec. 31, will typically last a full week with a team of roughly a half dozen surveyors, including a physician. Here are some practical reminders that will help ensure a successful survey.

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New Clinical Work Stations Available Near PEC

Physicians who need to tend to immediate patient-care issues while they're at the Pavilion Education Center no longer have to leave the area. Two clinical work stations, similar to the ones outside Harvey Morse Auditorium, are now available near the PEC.

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Changes Improve Rapid Response Team System

Recent changes to Cedars-Sinai's Rapid Response Team (RRT) system already are showing improvements in the process of assessing critically ill patients and transferring their care to the medical Intensive Care Unit team, physicians say.

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CS-Link Tip: Your Custom Autocorrect

Did you know you can create your own autocorrect using Dictionaries within CS-Link™? Right-click anywhere you can type (for example, in a progress note), and choose "Dictionaries." Choose the third tab — "Autocorrect" — then put in the word or phrase to be substituted.

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Better Stroke Imaging Pathway Available

Physicians with patients suspected of stroke will find it easier to determine if imaging is medically necessary by using a new pathway. The new diagnostic Stroke Imaging Pathway is available via CS-Link™ and is designed to assist physicians with Code Brain and Non-Code Brain CVA patients.

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Kerlan-Jobe, Santa Monica Orthopedic Groups Officially Join Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Health System has finalized an agreement with the Institute for Sports Sciences for two of the nation's most prominent orthopedic and sports medicine physician groups — Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group — to become formally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for September

The Circle of Friends program honored 178 people in September. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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