Duke Surgery Faculty Help Create ACS Course on AI and Machine Learning

A new course provided by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) features contributions from several Duke faculty and national leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Designed for surgeons, residents, administrators, and high-level decision-makers in surgery departments, the course is titled, 'Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Transforming Surgical Practice and Education.'

The introductory course is offered by the ACS Division of Education and aims to provide participants with fundamental knowledge of the principles on which AI and ML are structured, and how they may be used to inform clinical decision-making and enhance surgical care.

The course's faculty is comprised of multi-disciplinary surgeons and scholars from across Duke, including the Departments of Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pathology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Duke School of Law, and from external institutions including the University of Toronto, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northwestern Medicine.

Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Shelley Hwang, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery are both contributing faculty for the development and delivery for the course, with Dr. Kirk also serving as a member of its steering committee.

"It is clear that AI is playing an increasingly large part in our lives, and in how we deliver care for surgical patients," says Dr. Kirk. "I congratulate the ACS for being proactive in educating its members on the fundamental principles of AI, machine learning, and neural networks.

"Knowing what these powerful tools can do, how they work, and what pitfalls they have will help us make them a safe part of our armamentarium, along-side the more traditional tools used in the OR. I’m very happy to have been able to support the College in this contemporary effort, along with a truly stellar group of educators."

Learn more about the course and how to register on the ACS website.