AI is changing specialty medicine. Are you ready?

September 17, 2019 | Author: Royal College Staff

“Early predictions about automation said that it would replace things that are more lower-level like data entry and pattern recognition in research databases, not high-skills jobs,” says Brian Hodges, MD, PhD, FRCPC, executive vice-president of education and chief medical officer at the University Health Network in Toronto.

“What’s very interesting about the abilities of artificial intelligence [AI] and deep learning is that they actually touch on things that specialist physicians do. This is really interesting because it means that we have to think about adapting our training and continuing education to help people prepare for expanded or different scopes of practice.”

Brian Hodges, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Brian Hodges, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Watch the 2019 Professor-in-Residence lecture

Dr. Hodges visited the Royal College in June as the organization’s second Professor-in-Residence. This program was launched in 2018 to support knowledge exchange, and to advance specialty medical education and health systems scholarship and research in Canada.

Dr. Hodges, a self-proclaimed “non-expert” on AI but whose interest and research on the topic has made him an in-demand speaker on the crossroads of AI and medicine, concedes, “AI is a topic that is widely spoken about and very poorly understood.”

His lecture titled, “The Future with AI: What will we need (human) specialists for?” was delivered on June 19, 2019. In it, he emphasizes how real people in his hospital are living and working with AI. He also suggests how specialists can prepare themselves for changes spurred by AI and deep learning.


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Adebola Obayan | February 17, 2020
I enjoyed the talk on artificial intelligence. I will like to create an app that helps family physician to Identify red flags easily when they see patients in the 15 minutes slot. I have in Saskatchewan some people who have a PhD in computer programming and one in epidemiology. We feel that we could contribute to the application of artificial intelligence in medical practice in Canada
Faiz Ansari | November 7, 2019
This is an amazing session, thanks for recording and sharing it. I am a doctor who studied business business management too and spent my career in strategic and general management roles in Life Sciences. I am trying to transition my career towards application of AI in healthcare and the this session by Dr. Hodges is just amazing to elaborate AI in very simple words. Please extend my thanks to Dr. Hodges and hope I can meet him person for a dialogue on this subject as I am trying to find my way here.
| December 19, 2019
Hi Dr. Ansari, we are glad you enjoyed the session! We will pass on your comments to Dr. Hodges. – Royal College Communications