AMMC is a medical center, in a virtual world, called Second life.

It was created originally by a US professor in medicine,the reason she did that: she was not content how medical schools, trained students to interact with people, who happened to be a patient. She used AMMC to teach her students to listen to patients, to care (but to keep enough professional distance.

After she died, AMMC was “adopted”, by several people, including a resident internal medicine, and AMMC changed a bit,    AMMC is still involved in training medical staff,but also to create health awareness, and an information point on medical and social issues.

Key words: history and physical, in a virtual world practice your medical imaging interpretation skills, teen clinic, breast (cancer)awareness, avatar health check etc, just use the link in the top post to visit.

sincerly  AMMC staff

 

59 Responses to “About”


  1. 1 rblachere June 15, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    I’m a student at the AMMC working with Dr. Ann. I believe that medicine if moving into virtual worlds and am glad to see it and work with it like this with dr. Ann.

  2. 2 hemedoc June 21, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    AMMC is moving to a new SIM location on the Sprott-Shaw College Campus. We will post the new location here as soon as we have the new landmark.

  3. 3 Jon Slater August 22, 2007 at 2:49 am

    I went to the University of Calgary with an Ann Myers – Class of 81. I’d love to know if this is the same person.

    Jon Slater
    Paediatrician and part time bureaucrat
    Comox, BC

  4. 4 Ann August 22, 2007 at 3:57 am

    Unfortunately, I am not that Ann Myers. It is wonderful meeting you through the blog, Jon!

    Ann

  5. 5 Sandy August 30, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    hi: I’m a psychologist on faculty in a dept. of psychiatry at a US medical school. How could I get involved in this project? I work on projects that involve national training and have been looking for innovative methods. I’d love to hear more. Where are you physically located?

  6. 6 Bertalan Meskó August 31, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Dear Sandy, please first register at secondlife.com, then I’ll help you how to get to the AMMC in Second Life. Physically, we’re a global team, I have to say. :)

    Some of us are from the US, others are from Brazil, Germany, Hungary, etc.

  7. 7 Sandy August 31, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the reply!
    I am on SL and in fact that’s how I found you – I toured the empty building (and since nobody was around I even tried to get into the exam rooms, but I digress). Anyway, I’m still not sure what you all do, and when… do you have an e-mail group or do you meet on SL?

  8. 8 Bertalan Meskó August 31, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Now I understand you, Sandy. Please take a look at this article, then you’ll know what we actually do: http://tinyurl.com/2la8l8

    Give me a date and time, and let’s meet inside SL. :)

  9. 9 vlad August 31, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Sandy….a lot of us are out of town or are at meetings this week, so AMMC has been quiet. We’re working on developing a curriculum through sloodle…sl + moodle..take a look at sloodle.com. We’re also going to be working with SPrott-Shaw to develop a curiculum for their nursing program.

    What we’re doing now is presenting interesting and unique cases to the students, encouraging peer-discussions and covering the case in detail with them. Ann is away, but I’ll be willing to meet with you and go over ideas and plans and show you around…let me know. In SL I’m Vladimir Burdeyna.

  10. 10 CC Carnell September 3, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Hi Sandy,
    I’m CC Carnell in SL. Try to contact us in SL, and we will be glad to show you the island and answer all your questions.

  11. 11 Sandy September 3, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks everyone! In SL I’m Lolabar Barzane – a name selected before I knew that people did professional things in SL. :)

    I probably won’t log on until tonight, and hopefully (although not definitely) will be on between 8 and 9 pm EDT. If we don’t connect this weekend (it’s a holiday in the US) then hopefully next weekend. I’ll be traveling this week and away from compatible computers.

  12. 12 elsgunn September 3, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Can’t seem to start another topic head, so I’m going to just post a reply. Had an interesting infectious disease case I’m going to present. I need to know what days and times you’re all available…I’ll make a notice about it, but it’d help me if you could either post it here or send me an IM in SL.
    In SL I’m Elspet Glasgow

  13. 13 ernie weeks November 12, 2007 at 4:46 am

    I’d love to give my nursing students a tour of the site, but I am not sure how to go about it. Are there arrangments which can be made ?

    ernie

  14. 14 Ann November 12, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Greetings, Ernie. Are you already a member of the Second Life community? If so, we can certainly make arrangements for a tour. If you are not a member, you will need to go to http://www.secondlife.com and create an avatar through their site, dowloading the software and creating a name for your avatar. Your students will need to do the same in order to access the Second Life environment. Please let me know the name of the avatar you have created by leaving a message here or by writing to me at hemedoc@hotmail.com. I will be more than happy to give you a tour of our facility and discuss plans for medical training.
    Ann

  15. 15 Michelle January 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Hi,
    I’ve just started work on a project with the University of Sussex. We are looking at ways to use Second Life for educational purposes that may not be possible in First Life. My team has been given the task of investigating cultural issues in medicine (specifically whether stereotypes should be a factor in medical treatment and the subtle choices involved) and designing a means to teach the subject to nursing students. I stumbled upon your medical centre and it seems to me that you already have in place some of the things we are trying to research, If you could provide me with any more information on your lessons and how you’ve achieved what you’ve done in Second Life it would be greatly appreciated.

    Michelle (Kittee Laville)

  16. 16 Bertalan Meskó January 20, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Hello Michelle,

    Here is a collection of Second Life-related articles focusing on medical education. http://scienceroll.com/category/second-life/

    Or you can join us anytime inside SL at the center.

    Best,

    Berci Meskó
    (Berci Dryke)

  17. 17 Diana February 2, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Hello Bertalan
    I am teaching a new class at California State with the objective of teaching nursing graduate students how to teach online. I am not a nursing instructor, I am in the teacher education department. The class is designed to be an overview of what distance education is and can be. I would like them to have an experience in SL because I feel it represents much that is possible in DE and also contains many topics of interest to them. Would there be a good time we could drop into the center to see what it is all about?
    Thank you for your time.

  18. 18 Bertalan Meskó February 2, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Hello Diana,

    Absolutely, I’m pretty sure it would be the pleasure of the whole AMMC staff. Let us know please a time and date and we’ll work it out.

    Best,

    Berci

  19. 19 Michael March 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Ann.

    My name is Michael and I work at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on a program called MedEdPORTAL. MedEdPORTAL is a free, open-source, online publishing venue for medical educational resources. This is a globally accessible and free application. I’m interested in posting MedEdPORTAL workshops on SL but am unsure how to begin. I came across the AMMC and was wondering how I could access your program. Also, if you could provide me with information, or possibly collaborate to show how useful a source like MedEdPORTAL could be in SL.

    I look forward to your response.

    Michael
    AAMC

  20. 20 Bertalan Meskó March 10, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Dear Michael,

    We’re happy to be your guide in Second Life. First, you find plenty of information regarding the health-related sites in Second Life here (http://scienceroll.com/medicine-20/), second, please let us know when you have time and we could meet at the Ann Myers Medical Center and show you everything you’re interested in.

    Regards,

    Berci Meskó
    Medical Student
    University of Debrecen

  21. 21 Michael March 10, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    I got all of the informatino I need in regards to health-related sites. Would you like to meet on Wednesday, March 12, at 1pm North American Eastern Standard Time?

    Thanks,

    Michael Saleh

  22. 22 Bertalan Meskó March 10, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I’ll have a lecture that time but I will send a note to the whole AMMC group that you’ll be there.

    I hope it works for you.

    Berci Meskó

  23. 23 Michael March 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Hello Berci.

    I just realized that I accidentally double-booked myself with appointments at 1pm. My apologies; however, please let me know which times best suit you and I will schedule something more applicable.

    Michael

  24. 24 vlad March 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Michael..many people will be away next. I’d like to coordinate this so you get to see the AMMC and talk to various people about what we’re doing. I’m thinking maybe we could set this up for April, that way the Founder and visionary of the project may be availble. Please list your dates and times for meeting…Bob

  25. 25 elsgunn March 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Michael, please let us know about a date and time so we can show you around. we’re very interested in collaboration and supporting medical education.

    My avatar in SL is Elspet Glasgow…and you can send me an email at:
    elsglasgow@hotmail.com

  26. 26 gerald56 March 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I am totally green when it comes to blogs.

    I was recently diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia and would like to get into a discussion group, but don’t know how.

    Any advice?

    my email is g.j.person@msn.com

    Thanks!

  27. 27 Elspet G March 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I’m passing your info to Dr Vlad…he’s a heme/onc that has information and can assist you. He’s out of town this week (3/17), but hopefully he’ll get in touch while he’s away.

  28. 28 Arianne April 2, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Hi AMMC members who are pioneers of innovation!

    I am putting together a presentation on te possibilities of virtual worlds like SL for medical organisations. Part of this presentation will be an online tour in SL. Any chance we could visit you and experience some of the groundbreaking work you’re doing?

    kind regards, Arianne Bijma
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  29. 29 Elspet G April 5, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Of course, we’d be happy to accomodate your tour. My Avatar in SL is Elspet Glasgow. Feel free to drop me an email at elsglasgow@hotmail.com with a few details.

  30. 30 Miguel Cabrer June 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Bertralan, I was just reviewing this site and it’s great. Please feel free to use MDPIXX as a aplatform to store and discuss the clinical cases you manage from the Ann Myers Medical Center in Second Life.

    Can be good idea

  31. 31 Arianne June 13, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Hi all,

    Just wanted to let you know that I am very excited about the tour monday. Our group is looking forward to experiencing what is happening at the forefront of innovation.
    Thanks in advance!

    Arianne

  32. 32 Bertalan Meskó June 13, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Arianne,

    We look forward to it as well!

    See you on Monday.

    Berci

  33. 33 Aditya Yellapragada June 16, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Hello, I’m working with some people at Stanford’s Medical center, and we were wondering, could AMMC could provide us with a parcel of Second Life land to start a medical simulation? Thank you.

    ~ Aditya Yellapragada

  34. 34 Sanjay S. June 17, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Great site – Two questions:

    I am working with a national medical organization and looking into SL as a way of educating people about imaging…

    1. How do I get to AMMC in 2nd life – I am registered and couldn’t find it in the search?

    2. Could I meet you in SL to take a tour?

    Sanjay S.

  35. 35 Bertalan Meskó June 17, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Dear Sanjay,

    1. Here is a teleport link: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Hospital/133/135/25

    2. Please let us know when it would be appropriate for you.

    Best regards,

    Berci Meskó
    (Berci Dryke)

  36. 36 spencer June 19, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Hello Aditya,

    Thank you for your post. Were you looking at working with AMMC as well. CIBT Education group holds the islands and supports the great endeavours that AMMC does. WAY TO GO AMMC! Thats from the Prez too:) If you woud like to look at some land please contact me at the following email. spencerk@sprott-shaw.com. You can also find our link through our website.

    http://sprottshaw.com/StudentServices/SecondLife/

    look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely

    Spencer

  37. 37 Melanie Wiscount November 16, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Hello. I teach Training & Development in the Business Education and Business Information Systems Department at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

    I am also a doctoral student at Wilkes University and I am working on a report about how Second Life is instrumental in the training of medical professionals.

    Would there be any way we could actually do training in your site on Second Life for the sake of three hours this Wednesday night, November 19th from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.? It would only be a total of four students.

    My name in Second Life is Grace Wozniak and I will forward to you the other three students’ names if you allow this to happen.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Melanie Wiscount
    Bloomsburg University

  38. 38 Vera November 27, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Ha Miss Wiscount,
    Aplogies for late reaction, i am one of the interns
    at AMMC, i will contact you in Second life as soon as possible.
    greetings Vera Zhaoying

  39. 39 fideliusdollinger December 24, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Hi to all,

    i wish you all a Merry Christmas, quiet holidays without stress and than a happy, healthy New Year!

    So i have promised you the videos of the breast cancer convention 2008 in second life. Well, it gaves any trouble with this videos to get in, in the Internet. But i have found videos in the Internet of this convention, in a more better quality as mine. Look on this site for video. Here is the Link:

    http://www.virtualcancerinstitute.org/

    For two weeks i sent Tessa Finesmith 2 DVDs to Amercia with the videos where i made it on this convention and one of the DVDs has 2 videos about “Meet The Professor in Secondlife”. This was a question-round with the professor after the main meeting.

    Her guys at the College will try to look, if there is a possible to get the videos in the Internet for us. That were really nice, when this works.

    Thanks to Tessa and her guys for trying:-)

    I will tell you, when it gives news about this.

    Greetings

    Fid

    carpe diem

  40. 40 Robert Lowes January 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I’m a journalist who’s writing a story for a physicians magazine called Diversion on the subject of online CME. Last fall American Medical News ran a story about Ann Myers Medical Center in Second Life and the possibility that doctors might be able to earn continuing medical education credits there. “Elspet Glasgow” was quoted in the story as saying “some continuing medical education providers have contacted AMMC about becoming a CME center, a service that exists on other virtual platforms, but not yet in Second Life.” Is CME credit now available through AMMC, or are there definite plans for it to be available? And how will such CME be conducted? If there is a press release or some other information online about this, would you please point me to it?

    Thanks.

    Bob
    Robert Lowes
    Independent Journalist
    8000 Bonhomme Ave.
    Suite 415
    St. Louis, MO 63105
    314-727-4917
    cell 314-413-4507
    fax 888-827-1905
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/robertlowes

  41. 41 Bertalan Meskó January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Dear Bob,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Actually, we are totally open to become a CME center. Now after a few weeks’ time, we started to schedule weekly and biweekly meetings again so it’s going to be easier to discuss this very important issue in our community.

    We will let you know as soon as we can move forward with this.

    Best regards,

    Berci Mesko (SL name: Berci Dryke)

  42. 42 Kevin Jarrett February 21, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Hello! My name is Kevin Jarrett, I am KJ Hax inworld. I work with the International Society for Technology in Education and we would like to speak with AMMC about presenting inworld to our membership. Would someone please contact me? Thanks so much!

    -kj-

  43. 43 Glori Hinck April 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Hi- my name is Dr. Glori Hinck. Glorious Guisse in Second Life. I am an assistant professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. I am also a graduate student in educational technology online through Boise State University. I am currently taking the Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds course. For my final project I am developing a video about medical sites in Second Life that I will present at the Australian Chiropractic Education Summit in Melbourne, Australia in July, 2009. I am seeking permission to include footage from your Second Life site in this video. I would not be using any avatars other than my own.
    Not sure where to get this permission from…. Please let me know if I have your permission or if I need to seek elsewhere.

    Thanks!

    P.S. I am also interested in being involved in the site in some fashion.

    • 44 caryphilips May 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm

      hi dr Hinck…i mentioned your post 2 dr glasgow…she approved your involvement. You can talk to me, Vera Zhaoying, Tessa Finesmith or Paty amoit about becoming involved with us :)
      Cary

  44. 46 Jerry Anderson May 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Anne,

    If you want to add Facebook or email sharing buttons to your blog posts, there’s a plugin that does it for you:

    http://tinyurl.com/sharebuttons

    Hope you find it helpful!

    Cheers,
    Jerry

  45. 47 Maurine Mayhew June 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Ann,

    We are a Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute research group currently working on a feasibility study regarding using SL-based standardized patient encounters to train medical students to take medical histories. We were wondering if we could get in contact with you or someone from the medical center, either over the phone or in-world, to discuss some of the history of such projects, some of the details of the AMMC programs, and some of the directions you see medical education in second life going.

    Thanks!

    Maurine Mayhew
    Medical Student, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU
    mayhewm@ccf.org
    (801) 885-5046

  46. 49 Bertalan Meskó June 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Dear Maurine,

    You can contact me directly (berci.mesko at gmail.com) or Dr. Glasgow (elsglasgow at hotmail.com) and we would be more than happy to answer your questions.

    Thank you for your interest!

    Berci Mesko

  47. 50 Ryan October 22, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    It seems many of our users have labeled your website as an excellent source of information and would like your website to be a part of our website. I have reviewed your website and must say, I absolutely love the information you have made available to the public and would love to make your website a part of our site. I would like to offer you our Featured Blogger badge that can be posted on your site, which recognizes you as a top website in the medical field or simply a text link (Find A Doctor). I would also like to post your website in our resources page with a FULL banner to make your website (NewDoctor . com) available to my thousands of users.

  48. 51 verazhaoying November 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Ha Ryan

    This is response from a RL and SL medical intern, wow i am honoured, i have to discuss this with our senior staff members and apologies for the late response greetz Vera

  49. 52 Kati Scoville December 18, 2009 at 1:45 am

    The internet is cluttered with useless posts. This post of yours is an exception! Thank you for taking the time to share this.

    • 53 verazhaoying December 18, 2009 at 6:36 pm

      Ha Kati
      Sorry for late response but you ended up in the spam box.
      Thank you for your warm remark,
      season greetings Vera

    • 54 verazhaoying January 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

      Ha Kati
      On behalf of AMMC, i thank for your kind words.
      If you hae an avatar in Second Life, you can visit AMMC,
      in (virtual) person.

      greetz Vera

  50. 55 Amy May 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Hi, my name is Amy Cohen and I am graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University. I am doing research on how organizations use Second Life for communication and collaboration, and ran across your blog. It looks like your group is doing some truly fantastic collaboration in SL, and I was hoping I could speak to someone in regards to my research.

    Thanks you,
    Amy

    • 56 verazhaoying May 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      Ha Amy Cohen

      If you have enough time a second set of ears i will talk to you :-)
      I think it can best be done within second life, a virtual world where AMMC exists.
      You can go to second life by using the link on top of this web page.

      Hope to see you soon in AMMC

      regards Vera Zhaoying (my SL name)

      • 57 Amy May 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

        Hi,

        Sorry to take so long to reply. thanks for the information. I’ll definitely check out the AMMC in SL.

        Regards,
        Amy

  51. 58 Daniel Roberts October 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Hi,

    I am a medical student based in at the university of Nottingham, England. Currently beginning a experimental Trial based inworld.

    I am trying to recruit participants for my project, I wondered if it would be possible to place a poster at the AMMC or if you have a email list I could send a message to. In return I could inform all my participants about your centre if they want to learn more about healthcare on line.

    By the way you centre is very impressive, makes my little office look shabby, I hope you are still running on line training events.

    Any other help or advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Dan (inworld Drstephen Bowler)

    • 59 verazhaoying November 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      Ha Dan

      Applause, i fully approave real world efforts to use virtual worlds for trials, education etc.
      Despite the fact that i publish most of the posts here, i am not the founder of AMMC,
      i more or less adopted it from the original founder who had to leave due to her health.

      I very much like to meet you in world to dicuss your plans, for obvious reasons i dont post my mail adress in this blog :-)

      Thank you very much for your compliment, they are appreciated
      regards Vera Zhaoying


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