Picture two groups, both eager to work toward a shared goal, but speaking two different languages and with no translators in sight.
This has been the challenge for physicians and technology developers, who have been trying to collaborate on creative solutions to improve our health care system.
“You have physicians, who understand what they need, but not how the technology works or how to harness it,” explains Professor Marcus Law, director of Preclerkship Renewal and Academic Innovation at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.
“On the other side, you have programmers and developers who understand the technology, but not how it can be applied in clinical settings.”
To bridge the divide, Law has created a course for first-year and second-year medical students that gives them the knowledge they need to talk tech with developers. Computing for Medicine was launched in late February and has received an overwhelming response.
Associate Professor, teaching stream Michelle Wahl Craig and Lecturer Michael Guerzhoy, are teaching the course.
“While the department of computer science has a long history of cross-university collaborations spanning decades, these collaborations have become increasingly central to our core mission as computation becomes pervasive across disciplines,” said Ravin Balakrishnan, Chair of the Department of Computer Science.
“I am thrilled we are partnering with Medicine to deliver this innovative program, and am thankful to Professor Young and Professor Law for initiating it and for their foresight in recognizing the key role computing will play in medicine in the years ahead.”
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