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Sand 'N' Snore Set for Sept. 11

Sand 'N' Snore is just around the corner. The dinner, sleepover and breakfast starts Friday, Sept. 11, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.

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FDA Warns of Gilenya Risk, Name Confusion

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings regarding the multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya and about reports of confusion between the names of the antidepressant Brintellix and anti-clotting drug Brilinta.

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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 2015 (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.

Web/VS Direct Access Remains Active

Dear Colleagues,

Direct login access to Web/VS will remain active until Sept. 8, 2015, for physicians and until Aug. 17, 2015, for office staff. The original "cutoff" date, which was Aug. 3, was postponed for several reasons. Large numbers of physicians' office staff members still have no CS-Link™ access. Please ensure that your staff members have established access to CS-Link by Aug. 17, 2015.

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ICD-10 Sessions for Physicians Set for Aug. 17-20

ICD-10 educational sessions for physicians are scheduled for Monday-Thursday, Aug. 17-20. These CME activities will provide physicians with information on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision.

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Clinical Documentation Course Continues Sept. 1

Participants Can Earn Two Continuing Medical Education Credits

Members of the medical staff can take a "Clinical Documentation Integrity Power Course for Physicians" that meets the first Tuesday of each month through Dec. 1. The Sept. 1 session takes place from from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse 4-5. Participants need to attend just one session. Two continuing medical education credits will be available.

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CS-Link Tip: Documentation Encounters

A quick and easy way to write a note in a patient chart in CS-Link™ is to create a documentation encounter. These can be used in any setting where all that is desired is to document some information about the patient in the chart.

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Upgrade of PACS Workstations Is in Progress

The picture archive and communications system used in Main O.R. and the 310 Surgery Center is getting a much-anticipated upgrade. Highlights of the upgrade are new computer hardware and a 50-inch monitor capable of remaining active, or not "timing out," for up to eight hours.

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CME Courses on GI Board Exam, MCS Debut

The Cedars-Sinai Office of Continuing Medical Education is offering two first-time courses at the medical center this fall, "Acing the GI Board Exam" and "A Global User's Guide to Mechanical Circulatory Support."

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ICU Program Helps Patients Get Moving

Many patients admitted to an intensive care unit have limited mobility or can't move at all. But being bedridden and immobile can lead to complications such as bedsores, delirium and severe deconditioning. A new project at Cedars-Sinai may provide a solution. The early mobilization project uses motivational techniques incorporating verbal cues, light to moderate exercises and assistance from family.

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New Accelerator Improves Radiation Treatments

Radiation oncologists at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute are delivering treatment more than twice as fast as before, with the institute's new TrueBeam Radiotherapy System.


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Core Lab Changes to Beckman Urine Analyzers

As of Sept. 1, the Core Lab is moving semiquantitative urine chemistries and urinalysis to Beckman Velocity analyzers from Iris IQ analyzers.

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Online Registry Improves Study Participation

Research for Her™, Cedars-Sinai’s groundbreaking online registry that matches women with research studies and clinical trials, enrolled study participants more quickly than traditional paper-based registries, according to new research published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology. Historically, fewer women have participated in clinical research and only 3 to 5 percent of patients nationally enroll in trials.

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