Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

P and T Approvals, Details About Tramadol Change

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Aug. 5 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, more details are available about tramadol's new status as a controlled substance.

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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 - September (PDF)


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New Flu Policy Goes Into Effect Nov. 1

Michael J. Alexander, MD, gets a flu shot from Susan Phillips, MSN, RN.

Vaccination Clinics Start Sept. 26

To help protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff members, Cedars-Sinai is implementing a new flu vaccination policy that will be in effect for the duration of the flu season, from Nov. 1 through March 31, 2015. The new policy applies across the health system and is the same for everyone, including medical staff.

Vaccinations Available

Free flu vaccinations are available onsite to all medical staff members for their convenience at Employee Health Services. Cedars-Sinai also is scheduling flu shot clinics; the first will take place Friday, Sept. 26, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. outside on the north concourse area of the South Tower, Plaza Level (near the outside entrance to the Plaza Café). Additional flu shot clinics will be announced shortly.

Per the new policy, all medical staff and allied health professionals must be vaccinated by Nov. 1. Physicians who are vaccinated will be issued green badge buddies upon either receiving the flu shot at Cedars-Sinai or by submitting an online attestation of vaccination. Those who decline will be issued orange badge buddies. Badge buddies must be worn visibly at all times beginning Nov. 1.

Physicians who decline the vaccine without an approved medical exemption will not be able to work in high-risk patient-care areas and will have to wear an isolation mask in patient-care areas that are not considered high risk. The only exceptions are the Davis Research Building and the research floors of the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, as well as general public areas such as lobbies, entrances, eating areas such as the cafeteria, and pedestrian walkways.

For those requesting medical exemptions, the request process is the same as last year. Medical exemption request forms are available from Employee Health Services in the Steven Spielberg Building.

For more information about the new flu policy, please contact the medical staff office at 310-423-5154 or Hospital Epidemiology at 310-423-5574.