I found this article about the Ann Myers Medical Center in Second Life. Although I don't believe Second Life is ready for conducting formalized training that utilize things like the Ann Myers simulations, I do think that this is closer to the kinds of elements that can be added to pre-clinical (and even clinical) training to assist in the development of communication and critical thinking skills.

http://scienceroll.com/2007/04/24/virtual-medical-center-the-future...

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Comment by karen17 on July 1, 2007 at 1:53pm
Yes, I definately think that would be of benefit as other electronic medical records are quite pricey. Not to mention the the programs like epocrates (which I don't know what I'd do without). But as helpful as it would be obtain an immediate past medical history on the blackberry, quality of care still depends on how well the provider communicates with you - something that is so hard to teach in health professions. I think well-designed simuliations utilizing technology similar to Second Life may be a way to teach students the principles of social and cultural competency as well as clinical medicine.

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