Monash University medical school leads third prestigious global (northern) summer school on artificial intelligence

Monash University Medical School is organising a Summer School from early-June to mid-July for the prestigious Global Alliance of Medical Excellence (GAME-TEI), an international collaboration of medical schools in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

The virtual course – looking at medical artificial intelligence (AI) engineering, ethics and policy – has been organised by two Monash alumni, Dr Khoa Cao, a medical doctor and health economist studying a MS in Bioengineering at Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar and Dr Daniel D’Hotman, a medical doctor and Rhodes Scholar currently doing his PhD in AI ethics and policy in healthcare at Oxford University.

Dr D’Hotman, who is currently in Brisbane with family but hopes to return to Oxford in September, graduated from Monash University in 2018 and did an internship in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, focusing on ways that AI and data science may be effective tools in predicting and preventing suicide. Dr Cao, who has trained in medical AI at the University of Oxford and IBM Watson Health, and previously founded an award-winning medical AI company, will be covering the foundations of deep learning and how it could be used to positively impact the health of those around the world.

The 7-week course will consist of lectures, collaborative group assignments and a capstone competition for selected GAME-TEI participants. There will be a capacity for students to interact with the teaching faculty in live workshops and office hours over Zoom.

Professor Michelle Leech, Head of the Medical Course at Monash University and the Monash GAME Education Faculty lead, recognised the importance of bringing younger faculty members with AI expertise to run the summer school and reached out to the Monash distinguished alumni who have designed the course structure and content. “Daniel and Khoa are superbly placed to lead this course, they are young, impressive and passionate about this topic, which will be clear to those taking part in the school.”

“What we hope to instill in students, whether they are undergraduates, postgrads, engineers, doctors or even students just interested in AI – is a critical appraisal of the good and bad of AI – all the way to being able to design and implement a medical AI project,” she added.   “With unprecedented access to two of the leading proponents of medical AI in the world, who just happen to be Monash University Medical School alumni.”

Dr Daniel D'Hotman and Dr Khoa Cao

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