Keynote Presentation

Brian Hodges MD, PhD, FRCPC

Professor, Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto
Executive Vice President Education and Chief Medical Officer, University Health Network, Toronto Canada

“Assessment in the Age of Intelligent Machines”

Dramatic shifts in technology are changing the way we learn and practice healthcare. In our clinics and operating rooms systems and tools that employ artificial intelligence are augmenting and altering the work of human health professionals. The implications for teaching and assessing competence are profound.

At the same time, automation and artificial intelligence/machine learning are also transforming the practice of assessment itself. From machine-generated questions to natural language processing for exam scoring, there are many technological opportunities ahead. This talk will stimulate educators to consider how education practices and research must adapt for assessment in the age of intelligent machines.


Brian Hodges is Executive-Vice President Education and Chief Medical Officer at the University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab Hospitals and the Michener Institute). He is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto. He is a practicing psychiatrist and teacher. His research focuses on assessment, competence, compassion and the future of the health professions.

His work has been recognized with the Association of American Medical Colleges Flexner Award (2015) and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (2016).