Jun 3, 2022  |  10:00am - 11:00am
Speaker Series

T-CAIREM Special Lecture: Dr. Amol Verma

DATE: June 3, 2022 (Friday)
TIME: 10am to 11am
METHOD: Zoom webinar





How can Canada harness the potential of AI in medicine?

I will begin with an exploration of the key challenges that are impeding the progress of AI in medicine in Canada, the key strengths upon which we can draw, and then highlight my work addressing some of these challenges. I will discuss GEMINI and its efforts to create large, granular, high-quality datasets, and the development of an AI tool to predict delirium. I will then describe CHARTwatch and implementing an AI-based early warning system in a hospital setting. Finally, I will conclude with a discussion about how we can scale AI initiatives, including some thoughts about the role of industry and commercialization.

Learning objectives

• Understand Canada's strengths and key challenges relating to implementing AI in medicine.
• Recognize the importance of large, high-quality datasets and GEMINI's efforts in this area.
• Describe a framework for implementing AI in medicine, and its application for a hospital early-warning system.
• Consider key opportunities for scaling AI in medicine in Canada.

About Dr. Amol Verma

Dr. Amol Verma is a physician, scientist, and Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. He is a health services researcher, studying and improving hospital care using electronic clinical data. Dr,. Verma co-founded and co-leads GEMINI, Canada’s largest hospital clinical data research network, which is collecting data from >30 hospitals in Ontario.

Dr. Verma completed medical training at the University of Toronto, a Master's degree at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and research fellowships through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Frailty Network, and the AMS Healthcare AI and Compassion Fellowship. He is a Provincial Clinical Lead for Quality Improvement in General Internal Medicine with Ontario Health, and the Vice-Chair of the Researcher Council of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada. He received the 2022 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Early Career Leadership Award and the 2022 Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s early career Trailblazer Award in Population and Public Health Research.



Dominic Ali
Communications Specialist
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