According to an article published in the AMA Journal of Ethics, recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technology should result in an overhaul of medical school curricula to incorporate the effective use of AI, communication, and empathy.
The article authors cited the recent focus on the deteriorating mental health of medical students, highlighting the demanding learning environment that contributes to learners’ poor mental health. The current information overload crisis has resulted in the need for physicians to manage and use AI applications that aggregate data collaboratively. Based on this, the researchers recommend that medical education be reformed to focus on knowledge management, including effective use of AI technology.
In the near future, the skills required of practicing physicians will involve collaborating with AI applications that manage data. The areas of precision and personalized medicine benefit specifically from the use of AI, which can predict whether or not a treatment will work for a particular subgroup of patients with a particular disease. As this method of clinical decision making becomes more common among practicing physicians, physicians will have to adapt to these changes and become skilled in understanding and explaining the results of these data to patients. Current medical education does not prepare them for this future.