MedCity News published an article by Sasaki’s Director of Health Sciences and Experiential Learning, Jane Kleinman, RN, MAOM, on what the next generation of medical students needs to know before entering the workforce. Combining her medical, educational, and design experience, Kleinman nods to the futuristic TV classic, Star Trek, to illustrate how “next gen” technology is perhaps not so futuristic anymore:
With the line between fact and (science) fiction blurring more every day, how can we prepare today’s med students for tomorrow’s healthcare? We can start by exploring the ways that technology can improve their practice, by doubling down on the importance of flexibility and “soft” skills, and finally, by continuing to shift the culture of medicine from “sick care” to preventive care.
Infusing AI into healthcare remains a controversial issue, namely for reasons of security, privacy, and accuracy. But the case for AI is strong. As Ali Parsa, Founder and CEO of UK-based Babylon, said in a recent Wired article on healthcare innovators, “No physicist today solves complex problems without the help of artificial intelligence, yet our medical professionals try to analyze one of the most complex entities on the planet—human bodies—without its help, in a ten-minute consultation.”
Kleinman is not without her hesitation. “There are, of course, limits to this pairing,” she advises. “Flexibility and sound human judgment—critical traits of medicine in any era—will be as important as ever as we learn the boundaries of trusting technology.”
Read more on MedCity News about how she recommends balancing new technology and invaluable interpersonal skills.