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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY August 2014 | Archived Issues

P and T Approvals, Tramadol Change, Warnings About Promacta and Sporanox

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the June 3 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, tramadol is now being managed as a controlled substance, and the federal government has released a warning about Promacta and a list of contraindications for Sporanox.


Mark Your Calendar


Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.


Grand Rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.


Education Schedule

Click the PDF link below to see the Department of Surgery's educational schedule.

Educational Schedule - August 2014 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

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Third-Year Students Enjoy Hands-on Training

Third-year medical students from UCLA rotate year-round through all fields in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This past year, the directorship of the UCLA program was transitioned to Nicolas Melo, MD, and Alan Pierce, the new course director.

UCLA students enrolled in the Continuity Program spend 12 weeks at Cedars-Sinai on a variety of general surgical and elective surgical rotations, as well as in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Continuity students are paired with a faculty mentor with whom they meet every few weeks to discuss their experience, hardship and career goals.

In addition, the students are welcome at resident teaching sessions in the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills, which adds to their experience and exposes them to surgery.

All of the Continuity students passed their standardized shelf exams. This year, eight students who rotated through Cedars-Sinai — including four Continuity students — were awarded Letters of Distinction in Surgery from UCLA.

The UCLA students who rotate through the department get both hands-on and classroom teaching to ensure a well-rounded experience. The overall impression is that they enjoy the teaching and experience. The students gave all faculty members an average rating of 4.5 (on a scale from 1 to 5); residents received an average rating of 4.4.

"Cedars-Sinai Surgery has been incredible," one student said, expressing a common sentiment. "I got to do more and see more than classmates at almost any other site. … Everyone should get to rotate through Cedars-Sinai."

"This was one of my favorite surgical sites," another said. "It was very medical-student friendly, and I felt very welcome here. The residents and attendings made strong efforts to teach me every day."

This commitment to teaching is exemplified by the recognition that a Cedars-Sinai resident, Matthew Singer, MD, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award by the UCLA students. Nominees for this UCLA-wide teaching award are chosen by medical students in all rotations. Cedars-Sinai's yearly intern, junior resident and senior resident teaching award recipients, as selected by the students, were Nicholas Manguso, MD, Jason VonDerHaar, MD, and Singer, respectively.

Education is part of the mission at Cedars-Sinai, and this past year has demonstrated that continued commitment. Cedars-Sinai strives for excellence not just in patient care and research, but also in the education of future physicians.