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Month: February 2024

#33 – Generative AI in health professions education

Ben and I talk to Lambert Schuwirth about the development of HPE-Bot, a chatbot based on the GPT language model, and its implications for health professions education. The conversation explores AI’s potential effects on teaching, assessment, and learner behaviour, raising concerns about accuracy and institutional adaptation. While we highlight the ongoing challenges with integrating AI into professional education, we tend to agree that the opportunities for driving much needed change, are significant.


The one about the Purpose of Higher Education

As the global higher education sector faces ongoing financial pressures, the core purposes of universities—knowledge transmission, skill development, personal growth, and research—are increasingly being scrutinised. While commercial value in research and skills predominates, debates persist about the fundamental role of education amidst escalating costs and societal impacts. It remains important to critique higher education’s effectiveness and economic rationale, highlighting systemic issues and potential reforms.

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