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FDA Warns About Lenalidomide, Duloxetine Hydrochloride

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about the cancer drug lenalidomide and the antidepressant duloxetine hydrochloride.

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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Educational Schedule - November 2014 (PDF)

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Academic Urology Practice Ready to Keep Growing, Leading

By Hyung Kim, MD

In 2008, the Cedars-Sinai Academic Urology Practice (AUP) was formed to provide the highest level of urologic care to the Cedars-Sinai community. AUP brought together urologists from the faculty practice and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group. The group has fellowship-trained urologists who practice within all the subspecialties of urology, including urologic oncology, endourology, infertility, reconstructive urology and pediatric urology.

AUP provides tertiary-level care for the most complex urologic conditions. The program is proud to field world-class specialists recruited from throughout the country. Its members previously held faculty and leadership positions at UCLA, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The next logical step for AUP was to start a residency program. Only nine months after turning in an application, the Urology Residency Program was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Since then, two new medical school graduates have been added to the program each year. In July 2015, the program will have a full complement of 10 residents, and a year after that, it will graduate its first class of fully trained urologists.

The program receives approximately 250 applications each year for two positions. To complement the style of medical practice that residents experience at Cedars-Sinai, the training program is adding rotations at two Southern California county hospitals.

Research is an important component of any academic program. High-caliber research often requires money. Therefore, a useful measure of research activity is peer-reviewed grant funding. The urologists in AUP hold more than $5 million in active grants from the National Institutes of Health. Their projects range from translational laboratory research to innovative clinical trials.

AUP research brings the latest concepts, approaches and therapies to patients. AUP doctors are not simply reading about the latest breakthroughs but are actively involved in making them. In addition to the work led by the clinician-scientists, the urologists collaborate with top basic scientists. Within the past five years, Cedars-Sinai has recruited a team of highly accomplished researchers working on urologic diseases involving the tumor microenvironment, cellular metabolism and genetic changes.

In summary, the urology program is well positioned for continued growth and leadership. The program has recruited highly skilled clinicians. The Urology Residency Program is being established as one of the top training programs in the country. AUP remains actively engaged in innovative research that will continue to enhance patient care.