A Revolution in Medical Education: Are we ready to apply Artificial Intelligence?

Document Type : Letter to Editor


1 Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran


Today, artificial intelligence (AI) became a hotspot in different fields of sciences, especially in medical education. This term was developed by John McCarthy in which he defined a machine that can intelligently think and perform instead of man more than 66 years ago. However, like many other new advances in educational systems, AI is not fully adjusted in the Iranian medical education system as a developing country. Therefore, we investigated the limitations and obstacles of applying AI in the Iranian medical education system over its advantages. Considering the features and benefits of AI in medical education, it seems that this technology can help to achieve the lofty goals of teaching and learning in medical sciences; But the main question is what are the limitations and obstacles to the apply artificial intelligence in the Iranian medical education system? It can be concluded that whether AI advantages push us to apply it in our medical educational system, but its limitations and obstacles in the Iranian medical educational system make it difficult to use this valuable technology.