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Take Part in Constructing the Future of Medical Education: Join the Virtual Medical Center

I’ve already written about this wonderful project, but now I can show you the official statement of DoctorAnn Buchanan, the woman behind the whole idea:


The Ann Myers Medical Center (AMMC) was founded by DoctorAnn Buchanan. The center was named for her mother, Ann Myers. Dr. Ann’s mother suffers from a rare brain tumor, which should have taken her life numerous times. Ann Myers has a zest for life and an inner strength that have been a source of inspiration for Dr. Ann her entire life.

AMMC was created to test the possibilities of virtual training for First Life medical and nursing students. The goals of the AMMC are:

  • To assist students to become more proficient in initial exam history and physicals. The patient often reveals many important aspects of their disorder through their words if the physician takes the time to listen. In this fast-paced world, med students are not being appropriately trained to listen.
  • A second aspect to the history and physical for Dr. Ann is attempting to train her students to truly care for their patients. Dr. Ann teaches her First Life students that they can heal simply by listening and caring. She often states to her students, “Laying a hand on a patient’s shoulder and honestly listening can heal more than any medication you can prescribe for a person.”
  • AMMC is attempting to link telemetric builds (ECG, oxygen saturation machines, etc.) to real-time outputs via URLs. Thus, a student will right click on an ECG machine and be taken to a URL, where they will have to accurately diagnose the medical issue through analysis of telemetric outputs.
  • In conjunction, we will be assisting students to become more proficient in the analysis of MRIs, CTs and X-rays.
  • AMMC will also be training Psychology students in various methodologies and treatment protocols, implementing Dr.Ann’s belief and research interest in psychoimmunobiology, the body’s ability to heal itself through the stimulation of the immune system to fight disease.

AMMC currently has a voluntary staff consisting of Psychologists, Hematologists, Oncologists, Radiologists, Cardiologists, Midwives, Emergency and Trauma Specialists and several nurses. AMMC has a building staff headed by Carla Chandrayaan, whose dedication and tireless voluntary efforts can never be repaid. The AMMC owes a great debt to Carla, Nugget Gregory, Radical Richthofen, Gwen Kilby, ParTAY Flax, Evilpony Fallon and many others who have given freely of their time and talents to build AMMC.

Join us to help to organize a new way in medical education!

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dr. Neo #

    Good Concept to help Medical students and increase their proficiency. At present there is definately a lack of such infrastructure and Projects like this would definately help. Wishing AMMC my Good Wishes

    May 6, 2007
  2. I would like to join but there is no information in this article about how to do that.

    August 22, 2007
  3. In a recent post, you can see some teleport links. Or if you haven’t registered in Second Life, start with that at Then I could be your guide inside Second Life. :)

    August 22, 2007
  4. Dennis #


    My name is Dennis and I am a nurse in Hong Kong also studying MSC program and I am researching my final year project using the second life as a training platform for serious gamers. I am very interested to take part in your project, pls let me know what I can do in another part of the world. Thanks

    March 10, 2009
  5. Dennis,

    I’m glad you are interested. Please contact me by e-mail (berci.mesko at or follow the blog for more information on the next meetings.


    March 10, 2009
    • ASAF ALAVI #

      iam a FRCS general and laproscopic surgeon and would like to join.

      November 20, 2010

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