Following on from the Leadership Afternoon Tea last term, a group of QAHS students whpo were interested in hearing more about Artificial Intelligence (AI) opportunities and application in healthcare connected with Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service's Medical Director of Research and Adj. Professor, Dr. Brent Richards, for a virtual mentoring session. As QAHS inquirers, the students lead the discussion by asking interesting and considered questions around the future role of AI in a healthcare setting, the ability of AI to move from learning information to creating information, and the implications of using AI in healthcare on patient mental health outcomes.
Upon reflection, here is what some of the students had to say about the experience:
“AI is something that our generation will most likely have to become accustomed to working with, so familiarising ourselves with it as early on as possible will ensure that we are prepared for these advancements. I gained an understanding of what my future might look like, particularly since I would like to pursue a career in medicine."
“The masterclass was an excellent opportunity to learn about the future direction and implications of AI in healthcare and to understand how it will affect us as future healthcare professionals. I learned that the implementation of AI in healthcare will not serve to replace physicians as many are predicating, but rather to alleviate physicians of mundane tasks to allow them to focus their attention towards advancing their field. I would like to thank our wonderful presenter for providing us with such an incredible opportunity."
“AI relates to my future field of study and it was good to see how it will become even more applicable in the future, so we can start to adapt to it from a “young" age. I find it useful that we have an opportunity to access professional perspectives like Dr Richards, and I will definitely be looking into AI more in the future."