Recently, I wrote a longer summary of the dangers of web 2.0 for medical professionals. And a week ago, I reported about a new medical case presentation in Second Life at the Ann Myers Medical center. Something happenned there I forgot to mention. There was an interesting discussion between a girl, let’s call her Millie, and our staff:
[10:33] Millie: hi there
[10:33] Staff1: hi Millie
[10:33] Staff2: hi millie
[10:33] Millie: hi everyone
[10:33] Me: hello
[10:33] Staff3: hi milie
[10:34] Millie: i’m sorry…is this an actual hospital or where young doctors and nurses train?
[10:34] Staff4: it is a training institution, Millie
[10:35] Millie: oh i am sorry
[10:35] Staff3: no problem
[10:35] Millie: i just came here because i wasn’t feeling great, i fainted not long ago so wanted to get checked out
[10:36] Staff4: have you had your blood sugar checked lately
[10:36] Millie: i haven’t no
[10:36] Staff3: you mean real life millie? or here in second life?
[10:36] Millie: should i find a doctor to visit?
[10:36] Staff4: in real life yes
[10:36] Millie: ok…i should do that then
[10:37] Staff3: also cut back your caffiene
[10:37] Staff3: drink plenty of water
[10:37] Millie: are you all trainees in real life?
[10:38] Millie Gears: fantastic…well thank you everyone for being so friendly….i’ll get going
What should a medical professional, who is an educator in Second Life, do in such a case?
I don’t know know whether to laugh or to cry. This is a real danger as people shouldn’t search for a doctor in Second Life. It should never happen…
What do you think?