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What Is Medical Intuition?

UCSD Research Study Announced

The Practical Path, Inc. is pleased to announce a collaboration with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine for a ground-breaking research study into Medical Intuition.

The Practical Path, Inc. has been providing intuitive development training to healthcare professionals since 2009, and currently offers programs at Prebys Cardiovascular Institute at Scripps, La Jolla CA, and live online to participants all over the world.

UCSD is one of the top-ranked public research universities in the nation. UCSD School of Medicine faculty rank #1 in clinical research and #3 in basic research, and UCSD ranks 4th in the world in terms of 'citation impact' in the fields of science and social science, with worldwide notable faculty. The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, in which the Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health resides and where the study will take place, is ranked #1 in the nation among Family Medicine departments. Dr. Paul J. Mills, the UCSD Principal Investigator for this study and Director of the Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health, has published over 350 scientific studies, and has extensive experience conducting studies that require collaboration among interdisciplinary groups of practitioners, clinicians and researchers.

This pioneering research proposal has grown out of the recognition of the increasing value of medical intuition in the medical setting, and the need for scientific research in this area. While current research is placing more attention on the human biofield, its appreciation in medicine is still limited. As such, this important study requires financial support from a broad range of private funding sources.

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Medical Intuition is defined as a system of expanded perception gained through the development of the human sense of intuition. Medical Intuition is part of the emerging field of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM).

Medical Intuition is a method of intuitive scanning intended to obtain information from the physical body and energy systems (biofield). Medical Intuition is designed to identify the underlying drivers and root causes of imbalance, to not only help promote physical well-being, but also emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

Although Medical Intuition uses the word "medical," the use of Medical Intuition is not to be construed as the practice of medicine, psychotherapy, or any other licensed healthcare practice, and is not to be considered a replacement for medical care, medical diagnosis, therapy, counseling or treatment of any kind. Always refer to a licensed health care professional for health care. Please read our Disclaimer.


Recent advances in the field of mind-body medicine acknowledge the importance of including intuition when treating patients and clients. (Johansson-Palmqvist-Ronnenberg, 2017; Peterkin, 2017; Marks-Tarlow, T., 2014)

Current awareness of intuition in healthcare includes intuitive “hits” or “feelings” that can be random, unpredictable and unreliable. Many people believe that one must be “born with it,” or have access to special gifts. These are basic misunderstandings of the skill of intuition. Like any other skill, intuitive abilities can be developed and optimized for greater clarity, consistency and application. 

Medical Intuition focuses on the use of pinpoint intuitive visualization skills and in-depth scanning to assess and evaluate energetic structures and patterns in the physical systems of the body and the biofield that can correspond to illness, imbalance and disease. In addition, Medical Intuition can assist in addressing the energetic influence of thoughts, beliefs and emotions, and how they impact the health and well-being of an individual.

This comprehensive method is designed to help practitioners deliver fast, accurate health assessments for body, mind and spirit well-being. A revolutionary new perspective in mind-body medicine, Medical Intuition can provide essential and practical support to any holistic, functional and integrative healthcare practice.

Preliminary survey results show between 94-98% accuracy rates in location and evaluation of current health issues, description of life experiences that may correspond to health issues, and consistency with a known medical diagnosis.

The Practical Path® Medical Intuitive Training™ Certification Program provides a comprehensive, step-by-step method of mastery in Medical Intuition for wellness professionals. The company name reflects our mission to fuse spiritual wisdom traditions with constructive, real-world results.

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The Practical Path Pilot Survey Results, 2018-2019

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Selected Research

Makary, M.A., Daniel M. (2016, May 3). Medical error - the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The BMJ. 353:i2139. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i2139.

Melin-Johansson, C., Palmqvist, R. & Rönnberg, L. (2017, Mar 22). Clinical intuition in the nursing process and decision-making - a mixed-studies review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13814.

Hassani, P., Abdi., A., Jalali, R. & Salari, N. (2016, Feb 10). Use of Intuition by Critical Care Nurses: A Phenomenological Study. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, Volume 7, 65-71. https://www.dovepress.com/use-of-intuition-by-critical-care-nurses-a-phenomenological-study-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP

Mickelborough, Tim (Oct. 1, 2015). Intuition in medical practice: A reflection on Donald Schön’s reflective practitioner. Medical Teacher, Volume 37, 2015 – Issue 10.

Burgess, D.J., Beach, M.C. & Saha S. (2017, Feb). Mindfulness practice: A promising approach to reducing the effects of clinician implicit bias on patients. Patient Education and Counseling - Journal. 100(2):372-376. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.09.005. Epub 2016 Sep 15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27665499

Liem, T. (2017, Sep 1). Intuitive Judgment in the Context of Osteopathic Clinical Reasoning. Journal of the American Osteopath Association, 117(9):586-594. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2017.113.

Miller, E.M. & Hill, P.D. (2017, Aug). Intuition in Clinical Decision Making: Differences Among Practicing Nurses. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 1:898010117725428. doi: 10.1177/0898010117725428

Peterkin, Alan MD, (2017, April 10). Physician intuition. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(14): E544. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5386850/

Use 'nursing intuition' in assessments, say senior care home staff. (2017, May 31) Nurse Older People. 29(5):7. doi: 10.7748/nop.29.5.7.s6.

Brush, J.E. Jr., Sherbino. J. & Norman G.R. (2017, June). How Expert Clinicians Intuitively Recognize a Medical Diagnosis. The American Journal of Medicine. 130(6):629-634. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.01.045. Epub 2017 Feb 24. Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28238695

Lufityanto, G., Donkin, C., & Pearson, J. (2016). Measuring Intuition: Nonconscious Emotional Information Boosts Decision Accuracy and Confidence. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797616629403

Büssing A., Lötzke D., Glöckler M., Heusser P. (2015, Jan. 28). Influence of spirituality on cool down reactions, work engagement, and life satisfaction in anthroposophic health care professionals. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2015:754814. doi: 10.1155/2015/754814.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25694789

Pretz, et al (2014). Development and validation of a new measure of intuition: the types of intuition scale. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27, 454-467.

Marks-Tarlow, T. (2014). Awakening clinical intuition: An experiential workbook for psychotherapists. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Schwarzkopf, D. S. (2014). We should have seen this coming. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00332.

Greenhalgh, Trisha (2002, May). Intuition and Evidence – Uneasy Bedfellows? British Journal of General Practice. 395-400.

Mason, Russ (2000, December). Expanding Diagnostic Vision with Medical Intuition, Interviews with Jay Caliendo, Medical Intuitive, and Abraham Kuruvilla, M.D., M.D.(H). Alternative and Complementary Therapies Journal, 331-336.