Time and time again, I’ve complained about the infiltration of woo into medical school and medical education, so much so that I’ve echoed Dr. R. W.’s term for it: Quackademic medicine. One tool advocates of “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) use to try to “get ‘em while they’re young,” so to speak, is to promote themselves among student groups. I’ve complained about the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) before, but AMSA is not the only culprit. Beware the student-run interest group in “cross-cultural and integrative medicine,” especially when it hooks up with a CAM institute.
Tim Kreider, whose experience is a little closer to home than I really like, tells the tale of homeopath named Dr. Larry Baskind and a naturopath named Peter Bongiorno giving talks on campus, truly painful for physicians who want to teach medical students science- and evidence-based medicine, rather than woo. Unfortunately, having been in contact with Tim, I know there’s more to come, and it may not be pretty. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, check out why Tim is one of the best new medical student bloggers out there.