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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF March 10, 2017 | Archived Issues

Meetings and Events


Grand Rounds


Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - March 2017 (PDF)  


Milestones

Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue.

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Study to Examine Opioid Use, Chronic Pain Patients

Opioid Use and Chronic Pain callout

Cedars-Sinai investigators are gearing up to study the most effective ways for doctors to discuss opioid use with chronic pain patients in an effort to reduce the impact of pain while curbing overuse of these addictive drugs. The research team has received $2 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to conduct the study, which launches this year.

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Topics Sought for Morgenstern Debate

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The 14th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will convene on Friday, June 2. The debate committee is soliciting topics that are timely and relevant to all specialties.



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With Grant, Biological Pacemakers Closer to Reality

With a new $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute investigators are moving closer to their goal of developing a biological pacemaker that can treat patients afflicted with slow heartbeats. The novel, minimally invasive gene therapy turns patients’ normal heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate heart function — potentially replacing electronic pacemakers one day.

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Reminder About Antimicrobial Use Guidelines

The Cedars-Sinai Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee publishes specific antimicrobial use guidelines, incorporating current literature and local resistance patterns. Resources include empiric treatment recommendations for frequently encountered bacterial and fungal infections, as well as recommendations for duration of antimicrobial therapy.

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CS-Link Tip: Switching to Widescreen View

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The visit navigator on CS-Link™ will feature only the widescreen view beginning Sunday, March 12. The widescreen will be the default view in ambulatory encounters, and users will not have the ability to toggle back to the classic view.

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New Vision for Cedars-Sinai Research Enterprise

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The research enterprise at Cedars-Sinai has achieved unprecedented growth in scope, staffing and publications in prestigious journals over the past few years. Its future success depends on meeting new challenges in funding, space and organization. Those were key takeaways from the Academic Affairs Research Retreat 2017, which brought together leaders of Cedars-Sinai's research departments, divisions and institutes for the first time in six years.

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New Process for Blood Draws Paying Off

It's rare to find a patient who enjoys having blood drawn. Yet it's an experience most patients have to face. Approximately 70 percent of healthcare decisions rely on some component of lab testing, much of which depends on the work of phlebotomists. These trained specialists face a tough challenge: how to ensure patients are satisfied with a service many would rather avoid.

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