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Virtual Patients and Surgical Guinea Pigs

I’ve been writing about the possible medical implications of virtual worlds for years. We do case presentations in Second Life and organize medical events in virtual environments almost for free. And now here are two more examples.

Dr James Bateman (Coventry & Warwickshire University Hospitals) talks  about how virtual patients can be integrated into simulation-based teaching.

Wired wrote about a tool I tried myself at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference in Long Beach, CA this year.

More about medicine in the virtual worlds:

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  1. If you are interested in Virtual Patients, then please check out the eViP project. eViP stands for ‘Electronic Virtual Patients’ and it aims to create a repository of 320 repurposed VPs that will be freely available under a Creative Commons Licence.

    The idea is that in creating a bank of VPs, and providing the means to re-purpose the VPs for your institution (along with the publication of best practice guidelines) we will provide a cost-effective model for sharing content for medical education.

    The VPs are available under a Creative Commons model which covers the different jurisdictions across Europe, and allows medical teachers to obtain patient consent for each VP.

    More information can be found at the eViP website:

    Many thanks,

    Sian Claire Owen

    October 5, 2009
  2. Thank you, Sian Claire, for the comment and for the introduction.

    I plan to write about it in details on Scienceroll.

    Berci Mesko, MD

    October 5, 2009

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