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MEC Morning After Report

Highlights of the Jan. 11 meeting of the Medical Executive Committee are summarized in the PDF link below.

Morning After Report - Jan. 11, 2016 (PDF)

P & T Approvals, FDA Warning About Noxafil

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the December meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning of dosing errors when switching between oral formulations with the use of Noxafil®.

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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 - January 2016 (PDF)  


George A. Diamond, MD, David Rosenbaum, MD, and Albert M. Katz, MD, have died.

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Announcement - John Jenrette, MD, Executive Vice President, Medical Network

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of John Jenrette, MD, as executive vice president, Medical Network. Dr. Jenrette will be joining Cedars-Sinai on March 14, 2016.

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James S. Forrester, MD: 'It's an Amazing Future'

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James S. Forrester, MD, reflects on heart health and Cedars-Sinai's role in the history and future of cardiology. Forrester is an emeritus professor and former chief of the Cedars-Sinai Division of Cardiology.

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Nurok, Gewertz Back Team-Directed Care

In a recent issue of JAMA Surgery, Michael Nurok, MD, PhD, and Bruce L. Gewertz, MD, advocate for a more team-based model of medical care in modern hospitals. The two present their viewpoint that the decades-old "captain of the ship" doctrine — which says that the supervising physician is solely responsible for patient care — is inconsistent with today's multidisciplinary, team-based approach to care.

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CS Researcher Finds Warning Symptoms Can Precede Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

More than half of patients who have a sudden cardiac arrest ignore symptoms occurring up to a month prior to the usually fatal heart rhythm malfunction, even though medical intervention potentially could save their lives, according to new research published by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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To PEG or Not to PEG? A Difficult Question

By Jeff Angeles, MD, Rishi Gupta, MD, and Bradley Rosen, MD
Cedars-Sinai Supportive Care Medicine

The act of eating is central to the human experience. Because of this, there is often heightened anxiety and potential conflict that develops when a person loses the drive or ability to take food by mouth. The literature regarding the utility of PEG tubes reveals that there are certain circumstances in which providing short-term tube feeding may be appropriate. The appropriateness of utilizing PEG tubes for patients with dementia is less clear.

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CS-Link Tip: Postponing a Message, Efficiency Class

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Some things need to wait. If you’re covering someone’s CS-Link InBasket and a message comes in, that can and should wait for that person. But you don’t want a messy InBasket — you have a lab result and are waiting for the other results. Instead of leaving the message as new or marking it as read, hoping you remember to address it, you can postpone it.

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Register With CURES Online by July 1

All California licensed prescribers authorized to prescribe scheduled drugs, and all pharmacists, are required to register with CURES by July 1, 2016. Good news — CURES 2.0, the new fully automated registration process for new applicants, is now live and available online.

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Chairman Named for Pathology and Lab Medicine

From Shlomo Melmed, MD, Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Medical Faculty
Mark Gavens, Executive Vice President, Health System Operations, and Chief Operating Officer, Medical Center

We are delighted to announce the appointment of David Engman, MD, PhD, as chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This appointment reflects David's role as a nationally recognized molecular genetic pathologist, his commitment to leading a high-quality clinical laboratory enterprise, and his dedication to biomedical investigation and mentoring scientists and physicians.

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Memorial Service for Diamond Set for Jan. 29

A memorial service for George A. Diamond, MD, will take place Friday, Jan. 29, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in ECC-B. Diamond, a cardiologist, died Dec. 12 at age 74.

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Ferozali Appointed Director of Medical Education

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Fozia Ferozali, MSN, EdD, has been promoted to director of Medical Education effective Jan. 25. Ferozali is a healthcare leader with 15 years of experience as a clinician, administrator, educator and researcher.

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Change Made to LA Screening Assay

Effective January 2016, Coagulation Consultative Services is making a change to the lupus anticoagulant (LA) screening assay PTT-LA (LA-sensitive PTT).

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Night at the Aquarium Set for Feb. 27

Medical staff members and their families are invited to a Night at the Aquarium, a dinner and sleepover at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 27, starting at 7 p.m.

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Klapper to Lecture, Sign Book on Hip Health

Heal Your Hips

Robert Klapper, MD, will give a lecture and will sign his third book, Heal Your Hips, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 4-5 p.m. at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Library.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for December

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The Circle of Friends program honored 336 people in December. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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