“Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.”

Christine Gregoire, American politician

There is increasing discussion about just how to educate health professional students on the topic of artificial intelligence, so it was very timely for an inaugural international meeting to discuss the topic in detail. The Intelligence-Based Medical Education meeting took place in Shenzhen, China on September 22nd and was attended/watched by over 1,000 students and clinicians as well as dignitaries from all over China, Asia, and the world. The meeting was focused on education of artificial intelligence in health professional schools and a related topic was using artificial intelligence in medical education, both of which are fascinating and futuristic topics. I was the privileged invited keynote speaker, and I spoke on the extreme relevance of generative artificial intelligence for the future clinician and current medical school students as well as on how each level of clinician will need to be educated (from my 8 year-old daughter, Olivia, who is interested in being a pediatric cardiologist and data scientist, like her father, to an 85 year-old pediatrician who came to one of my recent talks). There was high level of interest in the American Board of AI in Medicine (ABAIM) courses that may be able to be “imported” next year with a few core and local faculty. 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong at Shenzhen (CUHKSZ) is the first school in China, and perhaps in all of Asia or even the world, to fully incorporate artificial intelligence as a part of the curriculum (not as an elective or separate track or course for only those students who are interested in this discipline). This is part of their innovative vision and efforts to adopt more modern and relevant topics such as artificial intelligence, data science, and entrepreneurship as part of the medical school curriculum there. All the students will get this more modern education every year as a regular part of the “MedEd2030” curriculum. This school should be congratulated on its bold vision engendered by their dean, Dr. Davy Cheng, and supported by Drs. Michael Tam and Eunice Chan. Their enthusiasm for this AI-enabled medical school curriculum is contagious and has piqued the interest of several other medical school deans in China and elsewhere in Asia and the world. 

While I was in China, I had the pleasure of seeing how China has evolved since my last visit there about 5 years ago. Facial recognition is very mature now there as well as pervasive in many forms, and I noticed I often did not even need to show my boarding pass as the camera had already recognized me and my seat number. In addition, China is basically an entirely cashless society in that I did not need to exchange any money for their RMB during my entire 6-day stay. Lastly, similar to the US, the emergence of ChatGPT and LLMs have caught the imagination of this country, young and old. A group of medical students that I had the opportunity to speak to one evening in an intimate setting were very curious about our American attitude and adoption of this new AI tool.  

Dr Davy Cheng is speaking at Ai-Med’s Global Summit scheduled for Ai-Med Global Summit 2024 scheduled currently for May 29-31, 2024 in Orlando, Florida. See you then!