June 21, 2023

ABA Statement on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools

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We recently shared with our volunteers our stance on the use of newly introduced artificial intelligence (AI) tools (e.g., ChatGPT, Bard). The ABA recognizes the role of technological advancements  in furthering our mission and is exploring ways to integrate these advancements into our processes. However, there are many components we need to better understand before deploying a utilization strategy for these tools.

Full statement below:

“Recently introduced artificial intelligence (AI) tools (e.g., ChatGPT, Bard) offer the potential for innovation in many aspects of our lives, personally and professionally. The ABA recognizes the possibilities that technological advancements can bring to help us advance our mission and is actively exploring ways to integrate these advancements to aid in the exam development and delivery process. Part of this process includes developing guidelines and policies related to AI.

We understand it may be tempting to use innovative tools like AI to support content development.

However, please be aware that for the time being the ABA prohibits using AI tools to generate ABA content, even if the intent is to subsequently modify that content.

Like anything new, there are many unknowns, nuances and complexities that come with technological advancements. We need to better understand this before we can deploy a utilization strategy for these tools.

For example, there are copyright concerns related to the use of AI tools. We do not want to compromise our item banks or risk not being able to copyright new material generated using AI.

While we’re open to the idea that new AI tools may aid our exam development and delivery processes, for now please only continue to use your knowledge, expertise, research skills and writing talents to create exam questions and clinical scenarios. Our exam development team will continue to support you in whatever way we can.

Thank you for helping support our mission of advancing the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology.”