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Health Librarians' Interest Group

Meeting Notes

The primary topic of the discussion was AI in healthcare.

  • Should students be taught how to use AI, or should it be banned in academia? Albany Medical College is currently working on a student policy (with contributions from their students)..
  • AI is currently being used to develop/produce drugs and is very cost-effective.
  • Fake citation problem - ChatGPT is creating them by combining the names of real researchers it has found with research they are not associated with.
  • Since the internet is being used to train AI's. They are learning from all the good and bad out there. 'Garbage in, garbage out...'
  • AI policy should well communicated in every classes' sylabus.
  • The NIH has a no AI in terms of their peer-review process.
  • Pico Portal ( is using AI for systematic reviews. They recently held a webinar Recording: Leveraging GPT-4 for Systematic Reviews:
  • Microsoft is adding AI to all their products so it can help you create letters, etc.
  • The University at Albany has an AI initiative:
  • The Reference, Instruction and Outreach interest group will be holding a meeting October 12th discussing AI in a broader setting:

A secondary discussion was held about the current problems with PubMed, and their causes. 

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