Training Future Cardiovascular Physicians to Maximize AI Technology – A Unique Partnership between Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering and Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
The “future is here” might be a trite and overused phrase but it truly is here when it comes to harnessing the power of machine learning to advance cardiovascular care. A quickly evolving field, artificial intelligence (AI) offers endless possibilities with Northwestern Medicine leading the way. In a bold move to revolutionize the practice of cardiovascular medicine, we have launched a first-of-its-kind cardiovascular disease fellowship to mentor the next generation of clinicians in the emerging area of AI.
This one-year training program involves experienced faculty members from both Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and is geared toward cardiology, cardiac surgery and internal medicine trainees. This training results in a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI) degree.
The training program begins with one quarter of intensive immersion in computation, programming and statistics that serve as the foundation for learning more advanced computational approaches. The subsequent three-quarter sequence in AI, machine learning (ML) and data science will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to address the exploration and use of AI and ML systems in the development of new health care solutions.
The curriculum for this sequence includes classes in human computer interaction (HCI) and the elements of human cognition that have to be considered when building intelligent systems. This integrated program occurs in parallel with the advanced classes in which students do computationally enabled research advised by faculty in heart disease and computer science. Research opportunities alongside senior faculty members will help shape the trainees’ experiences, preparing them for successful careers.
Current AI projects in cardiovascular medicine under development at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute include:
Previous AI projects in cardiovascular medicine from former AI fellows at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute include:
Inaugural AI fellow, Ramsey M.Wehbe, MD stated, “Our aim at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute with this fellowship is to leverage AI to a point where it is no longer known as AI, but simply known as health care."
If you are interested in learning more, please direct inquiries regarding the non-clinical, non-ACGME, computer science fellowship in AI or the application process to BCVI.MSAI@nm.org.
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute AI Fellowship
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Caption Health – AI in Cardiac Ultrasound
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Artificial Intelligence-Enabled POCUS in the COVID-19 ICU: A New Spin on Cardiac Ultrasound. Cheema BS, Walter J, Narang A, Thomas JD. JACC Case Rep. 2021 Feb; 3(2): 258-263. PMID: 33619470
EKO – Digital Stethoscope
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* Bolding of authors’ names indicates Northwestern Medicine and/or Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty.
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