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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Sept. 11, 2015 | Archived Issues

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)


Milestones

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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Meetings and Events

Note to readers: This is the last calendar that will be published as part of Medical Staff Pulse. The new medical staff calendar on the Cedars-Sinai website is easier to digest and contains useful new features. For more information, see this story about the new calendar.

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.

Informational Meeting About Guatemala Medical Mission — Sept. 13

A team of volunteers is planning to aid residents of Guatemala from May 7-17, 2016. To learn more about the mission, attend the informational meeting Sunday, Sept. 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. in ECC-B. The annual mission is arranged by HELPS International, a nonprofit organization that supports volunteer work in Guatemala. People with both clinical and administrative experience, as well as friends and family members, are welcome. As always, the team needs people with Spanish language skills. For more information, contact Olivia Marroquin at oliviamr531@gmail.com.

Healthcare in Documentary Film (Ethics Noon Conference) — Sept. 16

Pete Nicks, executive director and producer of Open’hood Inc., will discuss how documentary films can expand and humanize society’s understanding of institutionalized medicine. He will illustrate via case example, then describe the ethical challenges of filming real-life stories of hospitalized patients. The Ethics Noon Conference will take place Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the Center for Healthcare Ethics at 310-423-9637.

The Art of Collecting Art and Antiques (Bernard Strauss Lecture) — Sept. 18

Mumsey Nemiroff, an art historian and former UCLA instructor on art history, will speak about "The Art of Collecting Art and Antiques: Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries." The annual Bernard Strauss Lecture will take place Friday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. It is presented by the Cedars-Sinai emeritus medical staff. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Please note that this gathering is an hour later than usual. Admission is free for dues-paying emeritus members, $15 for others. For more information, contact Kate Samuels (katelasam@aol.com or 310-892-1331) or Herb Levin, MD (310-279-1664).

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.

ICD-10 Physician and Provider Impact Sessions — Sept. 21-22

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, Sept. 21, 7-8:30 a.m. in PEC 8 (Surgery and surgical subspecialties)
  • Monday, Sept. 21, noon-1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse 1-2 (Internal Medicine and medical subspecialties)
  • Monday, Sept. 21, 5-6:30 p.m. in PEC 4 (Surgery and surgical subspecialties)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7-8 a.m. in PEC 4 (Hematology/Oncology)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, noon-1:30 p.m. in Cafeteria Conference Room A (Internal Medicine and medical subspecialties)

For more information, email askicd10@cshs.org.

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.

Parapsychology: a Historical Perspective (Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association) — Sept. 28

The speaker will be Adrian Finkelstein, MD, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist and an author on paranormal phenomena. Finkelstein, a member of the Cedars-Sinai medical staff, will discuss reincarnation and his use of therapeutic hypnosis, past-life regression therapy and spiritual healing. He will perform a hypnotic regression demonstration on a volunteer from the audience. The event will take place Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. It is presented by the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association and medical staff. Admission is $5 for member of the medical staff, employees and volunteers, and $10 for the general public.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Hypertension: Advances in Diagnosis and Management — Oct. 3

The conference will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, at Cedars-Sinai. Click here for more information or to register.

Clinical Documentation Integrity Course for Physicians — Oct. 6

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 Oct. 6 session will take place in Harvey Morse 4-5. Participants need to attend just one session. For more information, call Clinical Documentation Integrity at 310-423-3052.

CDI Power Course for Physicians (PDF)

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.

Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour — Oct. 13

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.

Lean Training: White Belt Class — Oct. 16

The White Belt course is the first offering in the Performance Improvement Learning and Living Academy, and it is designed to train participants on the mindset, tools, and framework for engaging in process improvement initiatives. It will introduce key concepts of Lean production, including value creation and waste reduction in a healthcare setting to meet and exceed customers' and patients' requirements. The class will take place Friday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m.-noon at the Human Resources and Organization Development center, 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., room 210. Four CME credits are available. More information is available on the Intranet.

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.

New Therapeutics in Oncology: The Road to Personalized Medicine — Oct. 23-24

The fourth annual course will provide the most current information available about new agents in oncology and the translation of the latest research to their patients. This conference will cover drug and treatment updates with a focus on new agents in breast cancer, GI malignancies and lung cancer. The conference will take place Friday-Saturday, Oct 23-24, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Multispecialty Plastic Surgery Symposium — Nov. 6-8

The Multispecialty Plastic Surgery Symposium and the Bernard G. Sarnat, MD, Lectureship are designed for plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons and dermatologists involved in the care of patients with aesthetic and reconstructive needs. The symposium will take place Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8, at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly HIlls. Click here for more information or to register.

Lean Training: White Belt Class — Nov. 13

The White Belt course is the first offering in the Performance Improvement Learning and Living Academy, and it is designed to train participants on the mindset, tools, and framework for engaging in process improvement initiatives. It will introduce key concepts of Lean production, including value creation and waste reduction in a healthcare setting to meet and exceed customers' and patients' requirements. The class will take place Friday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m.-noon at the Human Resources and Organization Development center, 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., room 210. Four CME credits are available. More information is available on the Intranet.

Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference — Nov. 14

This course is designed to educate clinicians on the most current data and practical evidence-based information on clinically relevant issues associated with benign and malignant breast disease. The curriculum will include gynecologic issues, cardiac disease, fertility and pregnancy, quality of life and genetics after a breast cancer diagnosis, as well as prevention, breast imaging and high-risk breast lesions. The conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. Click here for more information or to register.

Emergency Medicine Symposium: a Practical Update — Dec. 4

The 13th annual symposium will be a leading-edge, highly interactive and comprehensive course on new directions and topics in emergency medicine. Among other topics, participants will explore simulation medicine and the ways to incorporate it into you department and will analyze chest pain "rule ins" and "rule outs" and the risks and benefits of procedural sedation. The symposium will take place Friday, Dec. 4, at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles. Click here for more information or to register.