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Second Life in Medicine? Yes!

CNN Report covered a story I covered 8 months ago. Imperial College of London has established a unique Second Life presence and they are teaching students in the virtual environment. An excerpt from the CNN report:

At Imperial College London, medical students navigate a full-service hospital where they see patients, order X-rays, consult with colleagues and make diagnoses. An avatar approaches a virtual patient in a hospital inside the online world Second Life.

It’s an interactive, hands-on learning experience — and none of it is real.

These prospective doctors are treating virtual patients in Second Life, the Internet world where users interact through online alter egos called avatars. The third-year med students are taking part in a pilot program for game-based learning, which educators believe can be a stimulating change from lectures and textbooks.

If you want to see more practical examples, take a look at TidalBlog and see how Second Life can be used in biochemistry, genomics or microbiology.

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CNN asks the question whether Second Life can be used in medicine. I’ve been trying answer it for years:

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mi #

    You are ahead of your time. Keep it up.

    April 4, 2009
  2. its really amazing

    August 9, 2009
  3. Anonymous #

    This seems to be an example where this virtual reality can be very helpful for students to be a part of. The medical field seems like one where there could be many advantages for students who have so much to learn. They could also take more time practicing diagnosis on virtual patients which seems like it could be quite helpful. It is amazing how far things have come with the advent of this technology.

    December 4, 2011
  4. sphillips EDT 619 #

    Very interesting idea here. This seems to be an example where this virtual reality can be very helpful for students to be a part of. The medical field seems like one where there could be many advantages for students who have so much to learn. They could also take more time practicing diagnosis on virtual patients which seems like it could be quite helpful. It is amazing how far things have come with the advent of this technology.

    December 4, 2011

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