Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

New FDA alerts

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the following alerts:

- Maraviroc (Selzentry®) and hepatotoxicity

- Risk to children of secondary exposure of estradiol transdermal spray (Evamist®)

- Update: Boxed warning for perflutren lipid microsphere (Definity®)

- Boxed warning update for the entire class of TNF-alpha blockers

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Meetings and events

Grand rounds

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Upcoming CME conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - January 2012 (PDF)

Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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Teen Volunteer applications available Feb. 1

Do you know a young person who is interested in participating in our Teen Volunteer Program? They might be interested in pursuing a life in medicine, making a difference in our community or just in need of community service hours. Those who will be at least 14 years old by June 1 are encouraged by the Volunteer Services Department to apply to this program.

Teen Program applications will be made available for a limited time online beginning Feb. 1 at www.cedars-sinai.edu/teenvolunteers. Typically, we are able to accommodate between 200 and 300 new teen applicants in our program, so we encourage early applications.

What's new for the Teen Volunteer Program?

This year, the program year will encourage teens to commit to a full year of volunteering. Previously, teens had to reapply each summer and academic session. In this revamped approach, teens will apply once a year to participate as a volunteer and will start at the medical center in June.

The program still will consist of two sessions, summer and academic, but teens will only need to apply once. Volunteer Services will coordinate schedules with the teens for both their four-hour shift once a week during the summer and a two-hour shift once a week during the academic session. With one application and one interview, teens are set for an entire year volunteering.

Application and training

After applying online, teens will be contacted to schedule an interview. Their parents are encouraged to come along for a short information meeting. After their interview, teens will be provided dates for orientations and other key information, including how to obtain a mandatory health clearance.

What if my teen is returning to volunteer?

If your teen has volunteered in the program in the past two years, they need not reapply. Instead, they will receive information in March to get them started in the 2012-13 program. Please be on the look-out as there will be important dates and information sent to your home and teens' emails.If you have not received anything by mid-March, please contact the program (see information below).

Teen Volunteer Program (PDF)

If teens have questions about starting in or returning to the program, they may contact a volunteer coordinator at (310) 423-8044 or via email at TeenVolunteerProgram@cshs.org.

Pictured above: Teen Volunteers hand out Thanksgiving cards in November. On cover: Dina Hauptschein, left, and her sister Ariella Hauptschein, wish patient Kymisha Dupree a Happy Thanksgiving.