About the project

Technology is not the biggest barrier for adopting artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector, it’s more likely to be an organization’s culture.

The emergence of AI-enabled clinical decision-making and expert systems that simulate clinical reasoning are rapidly emerging in areas of medicine and clinical care such as dermatology, radiology, pathology, radiation medicine, wound care, and symptom management/monitoring. Yet there is still a fundamental lack of understanding of how AI can and should be used in many healthcare fields. Most healthcare professionals have not been educated in the safe and effective use of AI and yet they must safely adopt these technologies and shift their scope of practice.

Over the next two years, a team led by The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and Vector Institute  will focus on transforming the skillset and mindset of front-line healthcare professionals to build a workforce with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to power AI enabled health practices, organizations, and systems.

Future Skills Centre is investing $1.52 million in this two-year project that will address the huge knowledge gap in how to educate and train health professionals in the effective, appropriate, safe, and compassionate use of AI. In order to put the needs of patients first in creating a healthier world using AI, the project will also involve patients in the design and development of programs.

Key Project Components

There are three stages to the project. The first stage, called Transforming the Mindset, will develop a basic AI awareness and literacy training program for clinical staff, aiming to help them embrace the culture of AI. The second, Transforming the Skillset, will involve the development and delivery of advanced AI literacy and training programs. The third, Transforming the Toolset, will develop AI leaders through more intensive training programs. A monitoring and coaching program will also be established to help make the learning ‘stick.’

Project Timelines

Program Design: September 2020 – August 2021
Program Delivery: January 2021 – May 2022
Evaluation, Assessment & Scholarship: February – May 2022

Project Deliverables

Deliverable 1

Basic AI Awareness and Literacy Training – Program for Clinicians (5000 HCPs)

Deliverable 2

Three Advanced AI Literacy for Clinician – Training Programs with capacity to train 180 Clinicians (3 x 60)

Deliverable 3

AI Leadership Training Program – 50 Leaders Trained (2 program sessions x 25 attendees)

Deliverable 4

Mentoring and Coaching Hub (20 Projects Supported)

Key Contacts

Project co-leads:

Dr.David Wiljer, Executive Director of Digital Education at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
Mohammad Salhia, Director of Continuing Education at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
Azra Dhalla, Director of Health AI Implementation at the Vector Institute

Accelerating the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre . Le projet est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada.FutureSkills-VI-Michener Logos