When we rely on Face ID to unlock our phone, have Grammarly spell-check our email,
or ask Google for directions, we're counting on artificial intelligence (AI) to work
As discussed in the New York Times, the impact of AI on our daily lives is rapidly becoming omnipresent. While it's
often talked about as a new invention, people have been using artificial intelligence
for a while. In recent years, however, AI has found itself at the forefront of many
Even with its long list of benefits, a number of challenges are posed. For those who
work in higher education, there have been warnings about the online platform ChatGPT
and its popularity among students – and raised questions regarding ethics and academic
Emerging as a leader in generative AI, ChatGPT can quickly take inputted information and create entirely new content. In
a bind, students might use the site to produce entire assignments, like essays, for
With such advances in artificial intelligence, medical schools now find themselves in a unique position as they sit at the intersection of higher
education and medicine.
Doctors and physicians have long used AI to perform their duties, such as dictating
and documenting histories and physicals for each patient.
While medical students are learning how to do these things by hand, they are also
encouraged to keep up with technological changes and advancements in vital tools that
can help achieve better patient outcomes.
The speed at which AI can operate is one major reason people enjoy using it. For medical
students, artificial intelligence may change the way medical schools operate. Some
institutions, for example, are opting for virtual cadavers to learn about anatomy and physiology.
As technology rapidly advances, some might wonder if artificial intelligence could
ever replace doctors and physicians.
Bidey is confident human doctors will continue to play a primary role, keeping checks
and balances in place and ensuring proper patient care.
One thing that is certain at PCOM is that students are being, and will continue to
be, taught a holistic approach to healthcare. This includes learning how to utilize technology, which could make
things more efficient for providers and patients moving forward.
“One of the things I think is good for medicine is that if we use AI properly, it
should make our lives easier,” said Bidey. “It's kind of exciting to see how things
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
For the past 125 years, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained
thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral
scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just
symptoms. PCOM, a private, not-for-profit accredited institution of higher education,
operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and school psychology. The college also offers
graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical
sciences, forensic medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling,
physician assistant studies, and school psychology. PCOM students learn the importance
of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its
community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations.
For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.