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AI and Prompt Engineering for Medical Simulation

A seminar titled “Artificial Intelligence in Medical Simulation” was presented by Dr. Sara Maaz on October 2, 2023 as part of the AI Seminar Series at Alfaisal University. The seminar explored the transformative potential of Large Language Models (LLMs) within the context of medical simulation and outlined the foundational mechanisms behind these models.

The speaker described how LLM applications such as ChatGPT and Bard are being leveraged in medical education, simulation and clinical settings. Dr. Sara also highlighted the strengths and limitations of LLMs and their potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical, educational and research work in medicine.

The seminar started by showcasing how LLMs, such as GPT-4 and Bard, have rapidly evolved in terms of scale and capabilities, with profound implications for their applications in healthcare education. These models, rooted in the Generative Pretrained Transformer architecture, exhibit advanced natural language understanding and generation skills. Collaborative efforts among healthcare providers, AI developers, and regulatory bodies are pivotal in ensuring responsible and effective use of LLMs in healthcare simulation, thereby contributing to enhanced clinical skills training and medical education. As LLMs continue to advance, they are poised to become indispensable tools in the delivery of high-quality, efficient care in the specialized medical education field of medical simulation.

Medical professionals often participate in patient case simulations as part of training and education. These simulations are followed by debriefing sessions to provide feedback and improve learning. In the AI seminar, Dr. Sara Maaz described an ongoing exploratory study in prompt engineering for healthcare simulation. The ongoing project is supervised by Dr. Cynthia Mosher, Simulation Educator and Course Director in the Department of Clinical Skills at Alfaisal University College of Medicine, who has teamed up with renowned experts in the field of healthcare simulation education to research this topic. Dr. Cynthia Mosher is a primary care physician with an avid passion for using simulation-based education to improve the knowledge and practice of healthcare students and professionals in various stages of their education and careers. Dr. Mosher also serves as an assistant director in the Department of Clinical Skills at Alfaisal University College of Medicine, delivering simulation-based education in clinical skills training for medical and pharmacy students. The seminar’s speaker, Dr. Sara Maaz, currently serves as a Simulation Educator at Alfaisal University, and is also pursuing a master’s degree in simulation from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH-IHP). After earning her MBBS from Alfaisal University in 2020, she undertook a critical role in developing the university’s medical simulation center, leading to a significant rise in student confidence in performing clinical skills on patients.

Alfaisal University’s AI Seminar Series explores ways artificial intelligence (AI) can benefit society, our environment, and the economy. In weekly talks, leaders from academia, industry, and NGOs, who are at the forefront of using AI for social good, showcase AI applications that are forging positive changes in healthcare, the environment, education, technology, government and more. Like the AI Center itself, the seminar series has a broad scope, covering both new methodological contributions, ground-breaking applications, and impact on society. More information about the AI Center’s activities and scientific programs can be viewed via ai.alfaisal.edu.

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