My eldest and I have been giggling at a book “F in Exams: The Funniest Test Paper Blunders”, which includes such gems as:
Q: Name two religions.
A: The Force (Jedi) and Football.
This amused us greatly.
What’s the difference with this next multiple choice one?.
Q: Which of the following explain(s) the physiological relationships between qi and blood/xue.
A: Qi is the source of all material in the body and blood carries the energy
B: Blood is the source of all material in the body including Qi
C: Qi drives blood moving and blood carries Qi
D: Qi flows in the channels and blood is stored in organs
E: Qi produce blood and blood is the mother of Qi
Well, this is a real exam paper, and it isn’t funny. It is an exam paper from Salford University’s Traditional Chinese Medicine course. The wonderful David Colquhoun gives access to the full paper plus the story behind the Pittilo report.
This report would, if implemented, create lots more nonsense exam papers funded by a lot more public money – and would produce practitioners without the absolutely crucial skill of how to assess evidence and reject or use it appropriatly.
As a GP, this makes me very concerned – after all, if someone has a degree, and is “regulated” by the government, surely you’d think the “treatment” on offer works? Sadly, and worryingly, no.
The public may now respond to the Pittilo report. Please do.