Is CBD safe and effective?

At the age of three months, Charlotte Figi had her first seizure. She was later diagnosed with Davet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Her seizures continued, increasing in both frequency and severity. In a CNN interview, Charlotte’s mother Paige said that at the age...

The language of medicine

The language of medicine can be complicated. Does it need to be this way? Several weeks ago, I began my studies for a Master’s degree in Journalism. I’m continuing to work as a physician, but for the next two years, I’ll also be gaining knowledge in an important...

Plastic Surgery and Mainstream Media

Be honest. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words ‘plastic surgery’? Breast implants? Nose jobs? Or maybe you’ll think about one of the numerous television programs out there that have featured the discipline: Nip/Tuck? Botched? Grey’s Anatomy? If...

Anatomical Position

How dissecting a cadaver reminded me of being alive During the first two years of medical school, many hours are spent in the anatomy lab. A protective coping mechanism when learning from cadavers is to become detached. Forgetting that they were once living human...

Triage: How doctors and nurses decide who gets seen first

During my surgery rotation as a third year medical student, my resident sends me to the Emergency Department to assess a new consult. She tells me to “make it quick” and I hustle down to meet my patient. Mr. Jones is a 64-year-old male who rarely goes to the doctor....