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Google’s New AI Is Learning to Diagnose Patients – IEEE Spectrum

Read article – Thomas Thesen, an associate professor of medical education, is featured in an article about using AI to diagnose patients. Thesen co-created the AI Patient Actor app to help train medical students on diverse patient scenarios. “What I see coming in the next decade is AI increasingly supporting doctors by streamlining their work and contributing to certain limited diagnostic processes,” Thesen said. “However, the expert judgment of a trained doctor will remain crucial for final diagnosis and treatment plans.”

How Much of the World Is It Possible to Model? – The New Yorker

Read article – An opinion piece by Dan Rockmore, a professor of mathematics and computer science, about the limitations of mathematical models. Rockmore credits David Roberts, MED ’75, a professor emeritus of surgery and neurology, and Keith Paulsen, Thayer ’84, ’86, a professor of biomedical engineering and of radiology and surgery, with an example of how common mathematical modeling now is. “Today, descendants of the Roberts and Paulsen model are routinely used to plan neurosurgeries. Modelling, in general, is now routine,” Rockmore writes.

An AI ‘Patient’ Is Helping Dartmouth Med Students Practice Interviewing Skills — NHPR

Read article – Thomas Thesen, an associate professor of medical education, and Nsomma Alilonu, MED ’26, are featured in an article about their app that allows medical students to practice talking to patients. “Patient interviewing is such an important skill,” Alilonu said. “I mean, most diagnoses are found during patient interviewing. And it’s something I just wanted more practice with, especially in a non-pressured setting.”

A Greek Holocaust Survivor in Vermont Knows How to Save Humanity. He Just Needs Us to Listen. – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Read article – Maxwell Levis, an assistant professor of psychiatry, is featured in a profile piece about his father, Albert Levis, a Greek Holocaust survivor. “The family is a pretty vivacious and dedicated core,” Levis said. “But there’s not going to be anybody like him, you know? And I’m aware of that. Albert is not just a Holocaust survivor. He’s a survivor of a world that just doesn’t exist anymore.”

I Eat Smarter Now That I’m Older – Next Avenue

Read article – Susan Roberts, senior associate dean of foundational research, is featured in an article about how our nutritional needs change as we age. “A cohesive body of research finds that a healthy diet and weight management are able to not only reliably delay the onset of most typical diseases and functional losses in aging, but also arrest progression and severity, and even support remission for some conditions,” Roberts said.