Ghent University is preparing the future-proof doctor for an evolving world of medicine. In less than a few years, the doctor will have a mobile health app instead of a stethoscope. Digital technology will empower patients to ask quick questions, and decision support technology will help physicians to make clinical decisions. Doctors will be overloaded with an exciting offer of new technology and be confronted with changing patient expectations. This generation of students is going to transform the practice of medicine. They will need the tools and skills to do it right.

A dramatic change of the doctor’s role

Medical schools of today need to prepare the physician of tomorrow better. “Doctors, once graduated, realize that technology is evolving at a dizzying pace. They experience that their patients in many cases are even more digital than themselves. We at Ghent University and the University Hospitals Ghent are committed to give our medical students more vision in the world of the day after tomorrow”, says Prof. Dr. Philippe Gevaert, Chairman of Ghent University’s Medicine Training Committee.We are committed to give our medical students more vision in the world of the day after tomorrow says @pgevaert @ugent @uzgent Click To Tweet

The transformation of care has begun

For the second year Living Tomorrow and TomorrowLab inspired medical students with a Future Trends Session about the technological revolution in healthcare. “We rely on our 24 years of expertise in future programs with numerous governments and organizations to introduce prospective doctors into top methodologies to chart the future and discuss its impact. Just think of “remote” diagnosis, the future of wearables, … Lessons for which you otherwise have to go to Oxford University”, says Joachim De Vos, CEO of Living Tomorrow in Brussels.

Opened by Bill Gates

Living Tomorrow is all about what the future will bring. It allows its visitors to experience products and services that could improve the quality of our future lives, homes, and workplaces. Even Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft, who inaugurated the project in Brussels back in 1995, clearly understood the long-term importance of the project. “There is no doubt that the way we live will be different in the future. The advances in technology and communications are changing our lives dramatically. I think a project like Living Tomorrow – where you are brainstorming about what is possible and you’re getting people to come in, look at it, and talk about what this all means – is fantastic. I am certainly impressed with what I’ve seen.”

The opportunity of healthcare

Medical students are the future of health care. Despite the seemingly never-ending health care crisis, they got impressed at Living Tomorrow with the opportunity of healthcare with AI and virtual assistance applications that support care advice, wearables, smart pills, pill cameras for bowel research, continuous glucose monitoring, robots, ambulance drone, mobile patient monitoring and many other medical innovations such as the “intelligent mirror”. This experience helps to broaden their vision to understand the power of healthcare while on the road to becoming physicians.

Nicole Verbeeck

Nicole Verbeeck

Nicole Verbeeck is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Moonshot for Life, covering global health progress. She is also founder of Juneau Cayenne, a creative design, content and technology lab crafting innovative storytelling experiences for clients in healthcare and life sciences worldwide and she is a healthy food chef focusing on prevention of disease.

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