University launches ‘first of its kind’ certification program in healthcare AI

Healthcare professionals looking to raise their AI game have a new chance to do so while earning CME credits as well as certification.

The University of Illinois announced its AI in Medicine Certificate program July 8, saying the course is the first of its kind.

The program presents students with six modules to be taken online. Syllabus items include “Data and decisions,” “Concepts of machine learning” and “Real-world applications of AI in medicine.”

The program’s website says those who complete the course will be equipped to “read literature related to artificial intelligence in medicine, understand how data-driven decisions are made and assessed, identify and define different types of artificial intelligence tools and techniques used in medicine and actively participate in the selection, purchase and deployment of AI-based medical software.”

Total price tag is $750.

Instructors are Kevin Teal, MD, a staff neurosurgeon at Carle Foundation Hospital, and Mark Anastasio, PhD, head of the bioengineering department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Along with the online modules, students will have access to AI experts during weekly virtual office hours.

The program is a joint project of the university’s colleges of medicine, engineering and veterinary medicine.

Announcement here, program website here.

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