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Innovative Dual Degree in Medicine and AI Introduced in Texas

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Lars Langenstueck
Lead Editor
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In a groundbreaking move, Texas has unveiled the first dual degree in medicine and artificial intelligence (AI) in the United States. This initiative aims to further integrate AI into the medical field, emphasizing its potential to revolutionize healthcare.

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) in collaboration with the University College at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched this pioneering program. Graduates will earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from UT Health San Antonio and a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI) from UTSA. This five-year MD/MS program is designed to equip physicians with the knowledge and skills to harness AI’s capabilities, enhancing diagnostic and treatment outcomes.

AI’s influence in healthcare is undeniable. It offers innovative solutions, from customizing patient treatment plans and robotic surgeries to optimizing drug dosages. The World Economic Forum has even highlighted AI’s potential to enhance patient experiences by streamlining hospital systems and predicting patient care needs.

UT System Chancellor James Milliken praised the initiative, stating, “This unique partnership promises to offer groundbreaking innovation that will lead to new therapies and treatments to improve health and quality of life.”

The program isn’t just theoretical; it has practical applications. In 2021, a pilot program was introduced to UT Health San Antonio medical students. Those who joined are set to graduate in spring 2024, armed with the combined expertise of medicine and AI.

Aaron Fanous, a fourth-year medical student, shared his enthusiasm, “I believe the future of health care will require a physician to navigate the technical and clinical sides of medicine. I look forward to using my dual degree to contribute to finding solutions to tomorrow’s medical challenges.”

For more details on this innovative program, interested individuals can contact Stephanie Gutierrez, manager of the Long School of Medicine dual degree program.

Original article by John Sterling can be found on GEN – Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.

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