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Live Blogging Today: First Medical Simulation in Second Life!

Follow Scienceroll Live today as the first medical simulation is going to take place at 11:00 AM Second Life time = 20:00 CET = 14:00 EDT. So in 5 hours, I’m going to inform you about everything happening inside the Ann Myers Medical Center of Second Life. It’s going to be extremely interesting (and we also believe it’s going to be a revolutionary event in medical education).


I’m also going to try to make some videos during the process.

Live Blogging Now!

  • 10:45: (Second Life Time= 13:45 EDT): logging into Second Life
  • 10:46: 6 interns are already in there. Everybody is excited.
  • 10:53: More and more people! We’re talking about the new building and heading to the conference room.
  • 10:57: 14 people so far. I blocked Vladimir’s way. It only happens in a virtual world. :)
  • 11:02:Outsiders are welcome as well! Come and watch! TELEPORT!
  • 11:09: Here is a LIVE image of us:


  • 11:13: A student from Drexel University, Faculty of Medicine is also with us. It is a great team! Vladimir is going to describe the whole process.
  • 11:17: We got the first case:


  • 11:23: We’re discussing the possible diagnoses and tests. Interesting discussion with students from around the world.
  • 11:29: It’s not so easy as you think. I thought he could bleed from the stomach, others say it’s leukaemia…
  • 11:33: Ok, what tests? CT, a complete blood count and a bone marrow sample.
  • 11:37: I got it!! Hairy cell leukaemia… It was easy after seeing the tissue images:


  • 11:39: An idiot disturbed the meeting, but Vladimir took care of him.
  • 11:47: We’re asking questions because we got some text to discuss about this case. I didn’t know TRAP is an indicative test for Hairy Cell Leukaemia.
  • 11:53: We’re discussing the other images as well. The first on to the left is the peripherial blood sample. The big hint in the blood cells is a characteristic sign of HCL. The second to the left is representing bone marrow fibrosis.
  • 11:57: A new electron micrograph image is just awesome. It really is hairy. :)


  • 12:04: As Vera can’t move (yes, that happens in Second Life), we have floating images now:


  • 12:15: We have one week to talk about those questions and we’ll discuss the answers next week.
  • 12:19: It’s not so easy to find a date avaliable for everyone for the next meeting.
  • 12:26: So we got a notecard about the patient’s history; a notecard about the possible tests and a notecard with many questions we should answer for the next meeting.
  • 12:35: Most of us just left the conference room. It was a fascinating experience. To learn from physicians and with medical students from around the world. I believe this is just the beginning. We will make it possible for medical students to interact, to learn without borders and limits!
  • 12:46: Finally, for my live blogging work, I got a motorbike with a Canadian flag on it. There wasn’t any with a Hungarian flag… :)


Live Blogging is Over Now!

Thanks for watching, let’s meet next Thursday!

53 Comments Post a comment
  1. brielle coronet #

    I’m a professional in the health care field, may I observe?

    August 9, 2007
  2. Of course, come and watch the whole process inside Second Life or follow my live blogging. :)

    August 9, 2007
  3. Wow…that was fun! He asked us some very hard questions. The case was presented differently and it was really interesting…I wish I just remembered everything I learned about hairy cell leukemia.

    August 9, 2007
  4. Negok Villota #

    Live blogging rules

    August 9, 2007
  5. Negok Villota #

    Yes, it was very nice, we may go into deeper analisys on differencial diagnosis and some particular points as treatment to discuss about it soon and this way remember forever about “HeavyMetalFan Leucemia”.

    August 9, 2007
  6. Thank you, Kristy and Negok! I’ll do the same next time as well. :)

    August 9, 2007
  7. Natalie R. #

    i’m sorry I got thrown out of second life…that’s another problem with sl :/
    I have the case and will get everything else from Dr. V. I’d like to talk the questions over with others in sl.

    August 9, 2007
  8. Natalie, just let us know when you have time and we’ll discuss it.

    August 9, 2007
  9. It’s absolutely amazing. Really. You are great, keep up the good work! ;)

    August 10, 2007
  10. Thank you, b3ck! You have no idea how much I enjoyed it… :)

    August 10, 2007
  11. Kim #

    This is totally cool!

    Pardon my non professional demeanor! : D

    August 19, 2007
  12. Thank you, Kim! Let’s join us next time! :)

    August 19, 2007
  13. George Van Antwerp #

    This is an interesting example. Healthcare (in the US) typically lags behind other industries. The key is to use examples like this to change our paradigm here and get us thinking differently. Web 2.0 or Health 2.0 (or whatever you want to call it) opens up new opportunities for patient care and interaction.

    August 23, 2007
  14. George, thank you so much for the kind words (I have to write an own post for your comment as it includes everything what’s important)!

    August 23, 2007
  15. Wow…this was really interesting reading, and it was neat to see the AMMC learning component in action. Thanks for posting your experience on a blog. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and hope to see you online at some point in the near future!

    November 15, 2007
  16. I’m glad you liked it, Mariano! We plan to organize even more exercices after the reconstruction of our main building.

    November 15, 2007
  17. rayan el zein #

    i wanna ask pple who would know the answer
    does the shape of EKG’s PQRST change when the heartrate changes?

    June 1, 2008
  18. Sounds like an amazing event took place. Congratulations

    March 5, 2011
  19. Good submit….. Medical Instruction can be quite beneficial in this lifestyle.

    March 4, 2014
  20. This is really very helpful post for everyone.

    March 20, 2015

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