This postgraduate medical school in Second Life is Imperial College’s virtual hospital where professionals can train and rehearse and patients can learn about healthcare facilities and procedures that they might need to use.
Medical School is located in the SciLands, a Second Life continent dedicated to Science and Technology. Neighboring islands include the UK’s National Health Service Auditorium, the US National Library of Medicine’s ToxTown, North Michigan University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Imperial College’s Second Health project for NHS London (Tour part 1).
Here we are researching Second Life’s use as a novel platform for in-service training using simulated clinical environments and tricky situations. Our work here will enable hospital staff to learn and practice in a safe environment, without risk to patient safety.
Starting at the Orientation Room, experimental subjects (trained nurses) proceed to the training ward, where a patient is about to experience a life threatening event. 82% of nurses who used this simulation would recommend its use for nursing students. See what you think.
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This wing also contains a social area, library and a large auditorium which is sometimes used as an overflow for the main NHS Auditorium.
For this study we modelled the layout and contents of the operating rooms at St Mary’s hospital in London and created a Theatre Induction Curriculum for introducing undergraduate medical students to the operating theatre before their first encounter with a real one. A Quicktime movie can be downloaded here showing a typical induction tour.
Visitors can speak to a Virtual Patient chatbot in the recovery ward. This and other technologies are used to create virtual patients for medical students to interact with.