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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - August 2016 (PDF)  


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Vaccines Suggested in Wake of Meningitis Outbreak

Due to the recent emergence of a meningococcal meningitis epidemic in Southern California, the California Department of Public Health is recommending vaccinating all MSM (men who have sex with men) residing in Southern California, as well as all HIV-positive individuals.

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CS-Link Updates Require New Links, Bookmarks

CS-Link™ web addresses are being updated, and the changes will impact employees, physicians and allied healthcare providers who use the electronic medical record system.

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Microbiology Laboratory to Modify C. Diff Testing

The Cedars-Sinai Microbiology Laboratory will change how it tests for Clostridium difficile infections starting this September. The hospital will move to a two-step approach, first running the polymerase chain reaction analysis currently used, followed by a stool toxin enzyme immunoassay if the first test comes back positive.

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Celebration for Return of Pre-Healthcare Program

Students and their mentors gathered earlier this month to celebrate a graduation and the return of the newly revamped Cedars-Sinai Pre-Healthcare Volunteer Program. The program relaunched this summer, giving students interested in applying to medical school a chance to observe physicians at Cedars-Sinai.

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Laker With Crohn's Holds Court With Patients

On a recent visit to Cedars-Sinai, Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. met with dozens of patients and their families as he sat for an infusion to help manage his Crohn's disease. They talked about living with the disorder and staying positive. Then they went outside for a pickup game of basketball.

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Three Things to Know About … Texting

A new periodic feature series rolls out this week called "Three Things to Know," which will provide bullet points about an important healthcare topic. The focus of this week’s feature is texting.

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Medical Library Offers Classes to Learn New Skills

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library is offering a variety of classes in August, September and October. Each 30-minute class begins at noon in the Medical Library — Plaza Level, South Tower, Room 2815.

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Core Laboratory To Stop Reporting Creatine Kinase Index

The Core Laboratory in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will stop reporting creatine kinase index on Sept. 1. The calculation has historically been performed (ratio of CKMB to CK) when both CKMB and total CK were ordered together.

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Collaboration Leads to Courses For Fluoroscopy

A recent change in state law regarding fluoroscopy led to the development of a special online course to make training easier for physicians at Cedars-Sinai. After collaboration between the Cedars-Sinai Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, four one-hour online courses focused on radiation safety were created.

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Morning Seminar on Active Shooter Training Slated

Cedars-Sinai is sponsoring a training seminar on strategies to deal with an active shooter in the workplace. Speakers will include Paul Strauss, MD, of the Cedars-Sinai medical staff, Dain Hurst, SWAT team leader from the Los Angeles Police Department, and Robert Parks, associate director of Cedars-Sinai Security.

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Baloh Wins Neurological Association's Top Award


Robert H. Baloh, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award, the American Neurological Association's highest and most prestigious award. The honor is awarded annually to a neurologist or neuroscientist who has made outstanding advancements toward the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of neurological diseases.

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Sand 'N' Snore Set for Sept. 9

Sand 'N' Snore is just around the corner — it will take place Friday, Sept. 9, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. Enjoy a night with your family and colleagues — feast on a barbecue dinner, toast marshmallows and wake up to a hearty breakfast.

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CS-Link Tip: Satisfying Health Maintenance Topics

Here's a quick CS-Link™ tip for physicians providing primary care who need to complete tasks for health maintenance topics. A new module, "Healthy Planet," went live this summer. It includes changes to health maintenance.

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