Pseudo-Science: Inquiries into the Incursion of Pseudo-science into Health Services Education
College of Medical Intuition
CFI Canada is supporting an inquiry by one of our members based in British Columbia.
While attending a wellness fair at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library, Robert French, a member of CFI Canada found a small exhibitor who caught his eye: The College of Medical Intuition.
His first thought was, “That should be a good subject for an amusing blog post.” Unfortunately, he was in too much of a rush to stop and speak to the person in charge of the booth, so later, I checked out the website. As expected, it was 100% gobbledegook and woo-woo. Here are some quotes:
- It is the mission of the College of Medical Intuition to bring awareness and create wellness through the integration of the mind, body and soul;
- This can be accomplished through the art of intuition;
- We all enter this world with an internal blueprint that can be accessed through our sixth sense of intuition. [DNA sequencing by sixth sense?]
For more about this inquiry, check out Robert’s original blog: http://rethinkcritically.
CFI Canada has issued several letters to the BC government expressing our concern regarding CMI and the PCTIA process. Christine Massey, the Executive Director of BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education sent us a letter stating:
…As part of the monitoring requirements, the College of Medical Intuition will have regular visits by PCTIA staff, with the first typically occurring six months after registration. The review date is approach soon and the concerns you raise in your letter will be examined as part of that review.
As you may be aware, on April 17, 2014, Government announced it will assume direct responsibility for regulating private career training institutions, which will require dissolving PCTIA and transferring its functions and authorities into Government. However, no change will be effective until Government enacts new legislation…..
CFIC has not received clarification regarding our inquiries about the procedures the BC government will use to ensure appropriate validation of educational curricula.
CFI Canada supports this inquiry with many questions of our own:
- Who is the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA)?
- What does PCTIA Registration mean?
- What standards are involved with PCTIA Registration and Accreditation?
- Does PCTIA have all the tools they need to ensure that institutions registered and accredited have validated credentials and course material?
- Do governments, colleges, and universities have a role in protecting potential students (and eventually the people who might use their services) from pseudo-scientific
- claims in the healthcare sector?
A Customer Complaint
Following CFI Canada’s initial post relating to CMI, we received information regarding one person’s challenges with this market of pseudo-science. On June 1, 2015, CFIC received an email from an individual who was almost a student at CMI:
Unfortunately, I am one of those duped by this so-called Dr. Parkin. When I realized my mistake, I withdrew from the program but I had already sent in my cheque ~$3400+. She has refused to refund me the amount set forth on the “Refund Policy”. She has ignored my calls and emails. I am now trying to find an institution so I can file a complaint on the matter.
CFI responded to this public response and assisted the community member with contact to government representatives and the PCTIA. During the process of documenting difficulties for appropriate authorities to review, CFIC was part of a situation which dragged out for months. Over the course of weeks’-worth of formal complaints and the months of this total situation, the community member was able to receive a partial refund of tuition amounts. Unfortunately, the complaint has recently been summarily closed by the PCTIA the message that:
It appears that you made an error when calculating your refund. You calculated the 10% using the tuition fee amount for Semester 1 which was $2,995.00. The correct calculation is 10% of the total tuition due under the contract, or the maximum of $1,000.00, which is listed as $11,980.00. From the calculations above, it appears that the institution has been more generous with their refund amount than the tuition refund policy.
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above calculations, or if you have any further documents that would change them.
Clearly through PCTIA rules and regulations, validated by the BC government, there’s a steep price to be paid by any students who have second thoughts about the credibility of an educational program or institution.
It is important for community members to share their experiences with organizations like CMI and bring transparency to the operations of people who market pseudoscientific products and services.
CFI Canada is very concerned about the incursion of pseudo-science in medicine and medical education….do you have similar concerns about pseudo-science in the medicine? Get involved or make a donation to help us in this inquiry!
- CFI On Pseudo-Science and Religion in Healthcare
- Consumer Education and Advocacy
- CFI Canada Applauds the Norwegian Government
- Science Over Naturopathy in Sentencing of David and Collet Stephan
- Institute of Holistic Nutrition
- Congratulations to CFI (US) on Leadership Transition
- Physician Assisted Dying: Use Science and Secular Values – Not Dogma
- Have You Ever Inquired About Services at a Naturopathic Clinic?
- University of Toronto Scarborough
- United Way, Employee Giving and Centre For inquiry Canada
- Saskatchewan Wants a Secular Government
- CFIC Joins Call to Repeal Greek Blasphemy Law
- CFI Canada: Setting Our Agenda
- Getting Involved!
- 2016 Fundraising Campaign
- Celsius42 TCS (Tumour Cell Solution) Inquiry
- John Hofsess: Humanist Perspectives
- CFIC Remembers Our Friends
- O! Canada
- Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Year-End Perspective For 2015/2016
- Canada’s New Parliamentary E-Petition System
- York University
- Muti: Traditional Medicine Practice in Africa
- CFIC Prince Edward Island
- Kids For Inquiry Canada
- Dangerous Dilutions
- CFIC Condemns Ongoing Faith-Based Murders in Bangladesh
- 17 Organizations Issue Joint Statement to PM Trudeau
- CFIC Implores the Canadian Government To Help Tareq Rahim
- Parliamentary E-Petition Opposing Canada’s Blasphemy Law
- CFIC Discusses Bangladesh with UNHCR and ORF
- Planned Giving At Centre For Inquiry Canada
- City of Ottawa’s Hijab Day
- End Blasphemy Laws Now!
- Skull Suture Manipulation on Children with Autism and/or ADHD
- Centre For Inquiry Canada Podcast
- Critical Evaluation of Journalism: Deadly and Dangerous Pseudoscience
- Thermal Imaging for Breast Cancer Not Approved in Canada
- Saskatchewan Burlesque Controversy
- Joint Statement Condemning Bangladesh Government
- Bangladesh: Protection For Secular Human Rights and Atheist Bloggers
- C-14 Passed
- Recollections of the Founding of CFI Canada
- Canada’s 42nd Election: Secularism and Science
- Paris, November 2015
- Quebec’s Bill 59: A Hate Speech Bill
- A Brief History of Secularism in Canada
- Chilliwack: Rejects Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality
- Reason For Change
- Still Small Voices Book Launch
- Montreal Pride
- Brad Wall’s Christmas Message: Should Saskatchewan Secularists Complain?
- Ashu Solo vs City of Saskatoon and Randy Donauer
- Gifts in Kind at Centre For Inquiry Canada
- Extraordinary Claims Website
- Dr. Henry Morgentaler, 1984
- Keeping Religion out of Schools in Alberta
- CFIC Goes to Reason Rally 2016