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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY November 2016 | Archived Issues

OpenNotes Gives Patients Access to Doctor Notes

Cedars-Sinai launched OpenNotes on Nov. 6. The communications tool allows patients to easily view their physicians' outpatient visit notes through our online patient portal, My CS-Link™. Research at other institutions has shown that patients who use OpenNotes reported that they were better prepared for visits and better understood their health conditions and treatment plans. All participating doctors chose to keep their notes open after the study ended.

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Challenging the Rectal Cancer Standard

Neoadjuvant chemoradiation followed by proctectomy with total mesorectal excision is the standard of care in the management of locally advanced rectal cancer. Unlike cancers of the colon, rectal cancer has always posed a unique challenge to the surgeon due to the narrow working space in the bony pelvis and the intimate relationship between the rectum and the pelvic autonomic nerves, vascular structures and the anal sphincter complex.

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Residents Present Work at American College of Surgeons

Four surgical residents from Cedars-Sinai gave three scientific forum podium presentations and three posters at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons last month in Washington, D.C. Halley Vora, MD, Ara Ko, MD, Monica Jain, MD, and Navpreet Dhillon, MD, represented Cedars-Sinai at the annual gathering, which drew more than 12,000 this year. The scientific forum is one of the most prestigious venues for research presentations in the surgical world.

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Two Minutes With ...

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the faculty in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This month’s installment features Xiaojiang Cui, PhD.



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New Guidelines for PCU Level of Care Begin Nov. 21

Cedars-Sinai is implementing new patient placement guidelines for Progressive Care Unit level of care beginning Monday, Nov. 21. The changes are expected to promote a more efficient process of assigning the appropriate level of patient care.

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Qualifications for Medical Executive Committee

Those interested in being a clinical chief and becoming a member of the Medical Executive Committee must meet certain qualifications and eligibility requirements. Please review the PDF to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for October

The Circle of Friends program honored 75 people in October. 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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FDA Warns About Abuse of Testosterone Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning regarding the abuse potential of prescription testosterone products that can lead to serious side effects, including damage to the heart, brain, liver, mental health and endocrine system.

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Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Approvals

See highlights of the October meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

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CS-Link Tip: Changing Screen Color

As part of recent upgrades, screens for CS-Link™ have a new mint green color. If you don't like the color, it's easy to change. Go to the button on the top left of the screen. Scroll down to "personalize" and select "choose a theme."

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