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P & T Approvals, FDA Warnings About Codeine-Containing Meds, NSAIDs, Proglycem

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the June meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about codeine-containing medicines in children, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and Proglycem in infants.

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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 - July 2015 (PDF)


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Meetings and Events

Hail to the Chief Complaint (Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association) — July 20

Cedars-Sinai surgeon Leo Gordon, MD, will present "Hail to the Chief Complaint! Memorable Maladies from the Oval Office" at an event sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association and medical staff. The event will take place Monday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Gordon, medical adviser to the Cedars-Sinai Historical Conservancy, will discuss the ailments of  seven U.S. presidents, covering the medicine of these illnesses as well as the evolving relationship between the chief executive and White House physicians. Gordon also will examine the relationship between the press and presidential health. Following an intermission, a video docudrama about the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan will be shown. This presentation will weave real-time footage, White House audio tapes and follow-up interviews with the physicians who treated Reagan on March 30, 1981. Light refreshments will be available. Admission is $5 for medical staff, employees and volunteers, and $10 for the general public.

Faculty Development Summer Series: Therapeutic Regeneration of the Human Heart — July 21

The Faculty Development Summer Series: Ongoing Academic Excellence at Cedars-Sinai will present Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, discussing "Therapeutic Regeneration of the 'Irreversibly' Injured Human Heart." The event will take place Tuesday, July 21, at 5 p.m. in PEC 8.

Clinical and Translational Research Lecture Series — July 27-31

The Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute is offering a lecture series in connection with its 2015 Clinical and Translational Research Workshop. The lectures focus on designing and conducting clinical and translational research studies.They will take place Monday-Friday, July 27-31, in Davis 1004. For more information about the series, click the PDF link below. For more information about the workshop, see its page on the Cedars-Sinai website.

CTRW 2015 Special Lecture Series - July 27-30 (PDF)

Clinical Documentation Integrity Course for Physicians — Aug. 4

Members of the medical staff can take a Clinical Documentation Integrity Power Course for Physicians that will meet the first Tuesday of each month through Dec. 1. Sessions will take place from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in various locations. The Aug. 4 session will take place in PEC 8. Participants need to attend just one session. For more information, call Clinical Documentation Integrity at 310-423-3052.

CDI Power Course for Physicians (PDF)

Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour — Aug. 11

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.

Faculty Development Summer Series: Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Neurological Diseases — Aug. 11

The Faculty Development Summer Series: Ongoing Academic Excellence at Cedars-Sinai will present Clive Svendsen, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, discussing "Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Neurological Diseases." The event will take place Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. in PEC 8.

ICD-10 Physician and Provider Impact Sessions — Aug. 17-20

This CME activity will provide physicians with information on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10). It will introduce ICD-10, explore the impact of ICD-10 on physicians and providers, discuss the required documentation specificity of ICD-10 and review diagnoses that will be impacted. Sessions are scheduled for:

  • Monday, Aug. 17, noon-1:30 p.m. in PEC 4 (Internal Medicine and medical subspecialties)
  • Monday, Aug. 17, 5-6 p.m. in PEC 5 (Orthopedics)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, 7-8:30 a.m. in Harvey Morse 4-5 (Surgery and surgical subspecialties)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, noon-1 p.m. in Pavilion A3101-3102 (Internal Medicine and medical subspecialties)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in PEC 6-7 (OB-GYN)
  • Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-8:30 a.m. in Harvey Morse 3 (Surgery and surgical subspecialties)
  • Thursday, Aug. 20, noon-1 p.m. in the South Tower, fourth floor, room 4704 (Internal Medicine and medical subspecialties).

For more information, email askicd10@cshs.org.

Medical Staff Population Health Educational Series, Part Three — Aug. 18

Scott Weingarten, MD, senior vice president and chief clinical transformation officer, will speak about "The Impact of Recent Federal Legislation on Physician Practice." The event will take place Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Two CME credits will be awarded.

Transcranial Doppler for Comprehensive Stroke Care — Aug. 26-28

The course will address the many techniques and applications of transcranial Doppler technology. This noninvasive, painless and mobile ultrasound technique that can help diagnose first-time and secondary stroke risk. It has been mandated as an integral part of the technology provided by the Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Stroke Center. The course will take place Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 26-28, at the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion. Click here for more information or to register.

Coagulation Symposium — Sept. 12

This inaugural symposium will explore the most up-to-date and relevant information in coagulation. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss recent recommendations for laboratory detection of lupus anticoagulants, for choosing the right testing strategies in lupus anticoagulant workup and for anticoagulation therapy updates, specifically the utilization of thromboelastography in the diagnosis and treatment of complex coagulopathies. The conference will take place Saturday, Sept. 12, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Update on Brain Injury Rehabilitation — Sept. 19

The conference will address issues regarding patients' recovery from traumatic brain injury, as well as practicing within an environment that demands complex patient management with attention to detail. In addition to a basic review, discussions will cover management of behavioral and sensory impairments, as well as novel treatment approaches. The conference will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles. Click here for more information or to register.

Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery 2015: Treatment and Management of Pituitary Diseases — Sept. 20

This activity is designed to provide increased awareness and improved ability to assess established and emerging treatment options for the management of pituitary disorders, a rapidly changing field. The conference will take place Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Marina Del Rey Marriott. Click here for more information or to register.

Los Angeles Orthopedic Trauma Symposium: Fractures Below the Belt — Sept. 26

The seventh annual conference will present the latest techniques and algorithms for the care of patients with complex lower extremity injuries. It will benefit orthopedic surgeons, emergency room physicians and other healthcare professionals who routinely see patients with pelvic and acetabular fractures, hip dislocations and fractures, patella fractures, peri-prosthetic femur factures and peri-articular fractures. The conference will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Sofitel Hotel at Beverly Hills. Click here for more information or to register.

Acing the GI Board Exam: the Ultimate Crunch-Time Course — Sept. 26-27

Based on the best-selling board review textbook series written by the conference speakers, this conference will meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists and gastroenterology fellows who wish to test their knowledge in preparation for earning points toward the American Board of Medicine Maintenance of Certification program, or who simply want to improve their knowledge of GI diseases and disorders. The conference will take place Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 26-27, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Liver and Pancreatic Cancer: Innovations and Advancements — Oct. 3-4

This conference will provide the latest advances and future direction of the multidisciplinary management of common, unique and complex cases of liver and pancreatic cancer. The conference will take place Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 3-4, at the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. Click here for more information or to register.

A Global User’s Guide to Mechanical Circulatory Support — Oct. 9-10

This course will provide a concise review of clinical knowledge and essential professional skills to facilitate the surgical and medical management of patients with advanced heart failure who are being assessed for and who have received durable mechanical circulatory support. The course will take place Friday-Saturday, Oct. 9-10, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff — Oct. 19

The meeting will take place Monday, Oct. 19, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. It will include the chief of staff report, the CEO report and executive update, and the presentation of the Chief of Staff Award and the Pioneer in Medicine Award.