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Sustaining Engagement, Finding Fulfillment as a Physician

By Bruce Gewertz, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Surgery

The topic of physician burnout is now inescapable. The issue has been written about extensively in the popular press and medical journals in recent years, while numerous specialty societies in medicine have addressed it in lectures and panel discussions at national meetings.

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Two Minutes With …

Michael Nurok

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the faculty in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This month's installment features Michael Nurok, MD, PhD, medical director of the Cardiac-Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

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Brainworks Program Aims to Inspire Next Generation


Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons welcomed students from several Los Angeles-area middle schools for the daylong Brainworks Program, now in its 19th year. The program aims to inspire the next generation of neurosurgeons, scientists and researchers. This year, students were given the opportunity to use a new high-definition imaging device to perform simulated surgery.

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Hotz Helps Teach at Trauma Nurses Conference

Heidi Hotz, RN, trauma program manager, was part of the invited faculty for the 2017 Society of Trauma Nurses Annual Conference, which was recently held in St. Louis. Along with other national trauma nurse leaders, Hotz, a former president of the organization, helped teach a trauma nursing leadership workshop on April 5.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for March


The Circle of Friends program honored 378 people in March. 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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How Cells React to Injury From Open-Heart Surgery

Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have learned how cardiac muscle cells react to a certain type of injury that can be caused by open-heart surgery. The findings point to a new potential way to help these hearts recover more completely.

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FDA Issues Update on Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently dropped the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy requirements for the erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) products Epogen/Procrit and Aranesp. ESAs are used to treat anemia resulting from chronic kidney disease, chemotherapy and certain treatments for human immunodeficiency virus, and to reduce the number of blood transfusions during and after certain major surgeries.

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CS-Link Tip: CURES Update

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Under CURES, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, healthcare practitioners are supposed to check the designated database within 24 hours before prescribing a controlled substance to a patient the first time. CURES can be accessed through CS-Link™.

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