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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF November 30, 2018 | Archived Issues

Physician Task Force Seeks Input About Burnout

The Physician Wellness Task Force is seeking input from physicians in a short survey to find out more about the causes of burnout. The survey, which takes a few minutes to complete, is confidential. You can take the CS Physician Wellness Survey here.

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Letter From Chief of Staff: Bylaws Vote

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

I am pleased to report the results of our recent bylaws vote. We had an amazing 43 percent voter turnout, with 666 of 1,526 eligible members voting. All of the bylaws amendments, which are summarized below, passed by overwhelming majority, including the formation of the two new Departments of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery and the supporting changes.

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Letter From Chief of Staff: Departure Lounge Open

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

Because of our consistently high census, please encourage your patients to use our new patient departure lounge. This will help ease capacity needs and improve patient flow.

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Key Takeaways From Landmark Heart Studies

A research group led by Sumeet Chugh, MD, professor of Medicine and associate director of the Smidt Heart Institute, recently presented three critical research studies aimed at better understanding sudden cardiac arrest at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. The three studies establish connections between sudden cardiac arrest and specific health conditions.

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Hanukkah Candle Lighting Ceremony Set for Dec. 6

Cedars-Sinai will host its annual public Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:40 p.m. in the Plaza Lobby. Staff and family members are invited to the ceremony, led by Rabbi Jason Weiner, senior rabbi and director of the Spiritual Care Department. 

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18 Employees Honored With President's Award

Co-workers, family members and friends turned out Nov. 14 to honor the latest recipients of the Cedars-Sinai President’s Award.

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Physician Playlists: Ray Chu, MD

A great soundtrack can bring everything together. In labs, preparation areas and sometimes even the operating room, music can help a team focus, build camaraderie and set the right mood. The Bridge will highlight a new physician and their favorite playlist every week during the holidays. First up is Ray Chu, MD, a neurosurgeon who likes old-school rap.

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Dirty Bomb Emergency Exercise Staged

Neb Fekadu, an environmental safety technologist, is shown tending to a mock patient during a full-scale disaster drill at Cedars-Sinai on Thursday, Nov. 15. Cedars-Sinai was one of hundreds of healthcare organizations to participate in the exercise, which was based on a radioactive dispersal device, or dirty bomb.

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FDA Warns About Using MS Drug Gilenya

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that when the multiple sclerosis medicine Gilenya (fingolimod) is stopped, the disease can become much worse than before the medicine was started or while it was being taken.

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Path Labs to Stop Using Two Tests Jan. 2

Beginning Jan. 2, the Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will stop using the following two tests—"Urea Nitrogen, Blood (BUN), Post-Dialysis” (BUNB) and “Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Pre-Dialysis” (BUNA).

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CS-Link Tip: Managing Problem Lists

For decades, physicians have struggled at efficiently managing a patient’s problems list. Some tips in a short video are offered to help get a better handle on this longstanding issue.

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