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New Calendar Is a Better Way to Find Events

Keeping track of medical staff events at Cedars-Sinai just got easier. A new medical staff calendar is available on the Cedars-Sinai website. It contains all the events that traditionally have appeared in the Meetings and Events section of Medical Staff Pulse, but the new calendar is easier to digest and contains useful new features.

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P & T Approvals, FDA Warnings About DPP-4 Inhibitors, Canagliflozin

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the August meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about DPP-4 inhibitors and joint pain and has strengthened its warning about fracture risk with canagliflozin.

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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 - September 2015 (PDF)


Gary Sugarman, MD, has died.

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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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Learn About Mission to Guatemala on Sept. 13

For many residents, a visit from Cedars-Sinai medical professionals marks their only access to healthcare all year.

2016 Medical Trip Scheduled for May 7-17

Anyone interested in taking part in Cedars-Sinai's annual medical mission to Guatemala next May should attend a recruitment meeting on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. in Education Conference Center Room B, in the North Tower, Plaza Level. Information on how to volunteer and what to expect will be available.

"We need not only doctors and nurses and other medical staff, but people who speak Spanish to act as translators, people who can do clerical work, can cook, are willing to clean and can offer all kinds of general support," said Jim Laur, vice president of Cedars-Sinai Legal Affairs and a participant in missions for 16 years.

The missions are done in partnership with HELPS International, a nonprofit group that organizes a wide range of volunteer activities in Guatemala. Volunteers use vacation days for the 10-day missions, and they pay their own transportation costs.

"It's a very special time for everyone who volunteers," Laur said. "You're helping people who are in great need in a direct way."

The Cedars-Sinai team, which generally numbers about 80 people, travels to a rural village. Using equipment and supplies they bring with them, the team sets up a clinic and an operating room. The team sees hundreds of patients, most of whom have no other access to healthcare. In 2015, the team saw 1,133 patients and performed 131 surgeries over five days.

The 2016 mission will take place May 7-17.

The meeting and participation in the mission are open to all Cedars-Sinai employees and medical staff members, along with family members and friends.

For more information, please contact Olivia Marroquin at oliviamr531@gmail.com.