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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY June 2015 | Archived Issues

P & T Committee Approvals, FDA Warning About Diabetes Drugs

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the April meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a warning that the Type 2 diabetes medications canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin may lead to acidosis, including ketoacidosis.


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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Surgery Scheduling

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Cedars-Sinai Gets Game-Show Treatment for Founders Day

Among the contestants in the game-show quiz on Founders day were Flora Haus, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, (left) and Larry Santiago, MSN, RN-BC. The finalists wore oversized, Swifty Lazar style eyeglasses; the talent agent was one of many celebrities with connections to Cedars-Sinai. Haus won the light-hearted competition.

With a game-show quiz, a reprint of an unintentionally hilarious cafeteria menu from 1973 and the display of a copy of the Ten Commandments connected to the film of the same name, the second annual Founders Day celebration, held June 5 in Harvey Morse Auditorium, was a cheery, breezy and festive affair.

"This year's celebration is a little less serious but every bit as historic as last year's," said Jonathan Schreiber, director of Community Engagement, setting a lighter tone for the event.

Jonathan Schreiber, director of Community Engagement, described the odyssey of the Ten Commandments tablets from film set to Cedars-Sinai vault.

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The events of Founders Day kicked off earlier on June 5 with the Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition.

Schreiber pointed out curiosities on the old Cedars-Sinai menu, such as the selection of wines available to wash down the bill of fare. Also on the menu was the Pipeliner, a sandwich whose ingredients might induce a trip into cardiac care. He described the odyssey of the Ten Commandments tablets from film set to medical center vault, and laughingly urged attendees to come take a selfie with the relics after the program.

The main event, though, was a game-show quiz highlighting Cedars-Sinai's appearances in pop culture over the decades. Because of its unique place in the community, the medical center has appeared in and been referenced in hundreds of movies, television shows, books and songs. In addition, Cedars-Sinai has formed relationships with numerous celebrities and luminaries who have championed the medical center's mission.

The quiz questions highlighted TV shows such as "The Big Bang Theory" and movies including "Volcano," and it referenced celebrity supporters such as Denzel Washington, Sharon Osbourne and Gilda Radner. The medical center's art collection also made an appearance in the game show, with questions about Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein.

Founders Day celebrates the 113-year history of Cedars-Sinai, from the medical center's start in 1902 as Kaspare Cohn Hospital to the blending of two hospitals, Cedars of Lebanon and Mount Sinai, in the current location on June 6, 1976.

"Cedars-Sinai is a unique institution in a one-of-a-kind city," said Art Ochoa, senior vice president of Community Relations and Development and chief development officer. "Its closest ties are not to a university, but to a community that supports us to this day."