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Our Extraordinary Residents Reflect Their Environment

Message From the Chair

The late fall and early winter are the time for resident recruitment efforts. This year was yet another opportunity to consider the remarkable maturation of the Cedars-Sinai surgical residency programs.

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To See Ourselves as Others See Us

By Harry C. Sax, MD

Each of us has risen to our present positions because, over the years, we have excelled at standardized tests, passed various certification exams, hit our productivity targets for the quarter and received accolades for how good we are. But are we really as good as we think? And are we measuring "the right stuff"?

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Cedars-Sinai Retains Surgical Jeopardy Title

Cedars-Sinai has won its fourth straight Surgical Jeopardy title at the annual meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. General surgery residents Jeff Johnson, MD, and Scott Short, MD, earned the trophy, known as the Dowden Cup.

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Cedars-Sinai Surgery Team Wins ACS Debate Competition

The Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery's team defeated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in a debate at the American College of Surgeons chapter meeting this month in Santa Barbara.


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Gewertz's New Book for Physicians Discusses Leadership

A new book by Bruce Gewertz, MD, is designed to help physicians improve their leadership skills. Gewertz wrote The Best Medicine: A Physician's Guide to Effective Leadership with a business professor at the University of Southern California.


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A Very Successful Joint Commission Survey

From Mark R. Gavens, Chief Operating Officer; 
Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer

Once again, you have demonstrated your passion, teamwork and commitment to our patients and community during last month's successful Joint Commission survey.

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CS-Link Tip: Web Activities

On the top tool bar of CS-Link™ you will find Web Activities. In case you haven't clicked it recently, it is worth a look.

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Open House Jan. 29 Celebrates Transplant Center

All employees, volunteers and medical staff members are invited to a celebration of the new Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 7-10 a.m. The open house will include a breakfast, remarks, tours and gift giveaway.

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Conference on Sinus, Eustachian Tube Surgery Is March 28

A conference on sinus and eustachian tube surgery will take place Saturday, March 28, from 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The conference will provide participants with the latest information on technological advances and innovative approaches to sinus surgery and other rapidly changing aspects of otolaryngological care.

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Cedars-Sinai Doctors Help Chinese Surgeons Go Solo

On their first medical mission to central China in 2011 to help orphans with anorectal malformations, Cedars-Sinai physicians and nurses performed life-saving surgeries that local doctors had never seen before. Last fall, thanks to a series of innovations the team has implemented since then, Chinese surgeons and nurses were handling similar cases on their own.

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P & T Approvals, FDA Warning About Ziprasidone

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Dec. 2 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that the antipsychotic drug ziprasidone is associated with a rare but serious skin reaction.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for December

The Circle of Friends program honored 316 people in December. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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