Artificial Intelligence as part of the training of future doctors

The Fonseca College of the University of Salamanca hosted the final event of the AIIS project (Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Society) coordinated by the Professional Placement, Internships, Employment and Entrepreneurship Service (SIPPE) of the academic institution, an Erasmus+ project that aims to modernize training programs in the medical field, so that artificial intelligence (AI) and innovation play a key role.

As an expert in AI I had the opportunity to participate in the last activity together with the specialist in soft skills, Juan Carro, and Professor Cristina Jenaro, who was in charge of moderating the event. The result was an entertaining and productive debate.

How do AI and soft skills affect the field of medicine and healthcare, what are the implications of these technologies for the development of the medical profession today and in the near future, should such training be included in the curriculum, and how will soft skills be affected by the development of AI in the medical field? The answers to these questions and others reflect the importance of introducing, in the near future, technological innovations in the training of medical students.

To illustrate the multiple possibilities of AI in the field of medicine, I presented some of the collaborative projects of BISITE and the AIR Institute in the field of healthcare, such as the computational design of vaccines; the advanced analysis of biomedical signals; a tool for the automatic classification of medical images that is already being used at the University Hospital of Salamanca; data generation; or a big data platform for the analysis of genomic data, among others.

It is a satisfaction to be able to collaborate in this type of project and bring AI closer to other sectors, in this case the medical sector, so I am grateful to Mili Pizarro, Director of SIPPE, for inviting me to be part of the European AIIS project.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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