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: