The Ann Myers Medical Center

The Ann Meyers Medical Center

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aims to educate medical students and nurses in the virtual environment of Second Life. In regular meetings, students can learn from educators through interactive and clearly visualized case presentations. Regularly there are speeches on several topics. Click here for more details and pictures.

AMMC also wants to make people more health aware, your body is your is important,AMMC wants you to become happy with your body and give it the best care possible!!

If you want to visit AMMC do use this link

The Ann Myers Medical Center (AMMC) was founded by Doctor Ann Buchanan. The center was named for her mother, Ann Myers. Dr. Ann’s mother suffers from a rare brain tumor, which should have taken her life numerous times. Ann Myers has a zest for life and an inner strength that have been a source of inspiration for Dr. Ann her entire life.
AMMC was created to test the possibilities of virtual training for First Life medical and nursing students. The goals of the AMMC are:

  • To assist students to become more proficient in initial exam history and physicals. The patient often reveals many important aspects of their disorder through their words if the physician takes the time to listen. In this fast-paced world, med students are not being appropriately trained to listen.
  • A second aspect to the history and physical for Dr. Ann is attempting to train her students to truly care for their patients. Dr. Ann teaches her First Life students that they can heal simply by listening and caring. She often states to her students, “Laying a hand on a patient’s shoulder and honestly listening can heal more than any medication you can prescribe for a person.”
  • AMMC is attempting to link telemetric builds (ECG, oxygen saturation machines, etc.) to real-time outputs via URLs. Thus, a student will right click on an ECG machine and be taken to a URL, where they will have to accurately diagnose the medical issue through analysis of telemetric outputs.
  • In conjunction, we will be assisting students to become more proficient in the analysis of MRI s, CT and X-rays.
  • AMMC will also be training Psychology students in various methodologies and treatment protocols, implementing Dr. Ann’s belief and research interest in psychoimmunobiology, the body’s ability to heal itself through the stimulation of the immune system to fight disease.

AMMC currently has a voluntary staff consisting of Psychologists, Hematologists, Oncologists, Radiologists, Cardiologists, Midwives, Emergency and Trauma Specialists, general physicians, interns, educators and several nurses. Since June 2007, AMMC teamed up with Sprott-Shaw college a Canadian college with a presence in Second life. Both AMMC as Sprott-Shaw college, have as mission to provide virtual training for First Life medical and nursing students, as well as enhance healthy living awareness and awareness for several medical conditions.


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Sorry have not posted a lot since Relay for Life. But wanted now to make this post to allof you wishing everyone a wonderfull season, with Sinterklaas Santa Claus and hope you all can celebrate it with loved ones.

Now about AMMC at present it has no longer a location in Secondlife, i could not give it the attention it deserved. This has some reasons but the biggest one is that at present i am not registated as (active) medical doctor, i have the remark not active due to medical condition. Most of you know and if you did not excuse me, me and my husband were involved in a pretty big  accident, it had for both of us some lasting complications and i am still in the process to convert difficulties to possibilities.

This takes up a lot of my time and also explains spelling errors or  odd language in this post 🙂

sincerely Vera Zhaoying

and to all my best wishes for 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

a special comment to one of our AMMC members who is trauma physician in Egypt: i pray your country finds tranquility and stability very soon

Relay for Life 2012

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Before Relay for Life, excuse for quite a big period without posts, sometimes life interferes with plans 🙂

Okay now Relay for Life, when you have no idea what it is, by all means Google it!! As most of the readers know AMMC is a hospital in a virtual world, but also likes to make a difference in the real world (you an visit AMMC using the link at the top of this page). The same is with Relay for Life, in a virtual world is also Relay for Life, this is their website:

I hope to meet you all during Relay for Life

greetz Vera



Brain presentations

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Brain presentations, not organized by AMMC, but by several other organisations like Virtual ability, MAYO clinic and others. The brain is a wonderful, highly complex structure., that has amazing capabilities, but sometimes it also goes wrong. There were given presentations on several topics, like traumatic brain injury, traumatic brain injury in relation to modern warfare and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). There will be some coming presentation with as topic the brain, when curious do visit AMMC in second life! (use the teleport link on the top of this page)

greetz Vera

(the picture is taken on MAYO clinic)

workshop, medical benefits of chocolate

Workshop: for the love of chocolate

-Date :March 3
-Time: :10 AM pacific/SL time
-Location :health info Island and AMMC

or arrive at 9 45 and click the chocolate sign and get direct to the start location of this workshop.
start location
workshop location AMMC

-presenter :Vera Zhaoying

Workshop that explains the medical benefits of chocolate.

A speech followed by a workshop and free chocolate for all visitors

Chocolate first used like 2000 years ago, brought to Europe by the conquistadors. Where it was immensily popular even to an extend that chocolate was banned during mass, result the ladies left the mass. Used as medicine in the 16 Th to 18 th century, abandoned for medical use after that. But making a comeback.

During the speech will be addressed:
-history of Chocolate
– why chocolate has medicinal value
– Anti oxidants
– Chocolate beneficial in prevention of disease
– Chocolate beneficial in treatment of disease
– Wrapping up and introduction to workshop part

Workshop part, for this part, it is required that you love chocolate, and wear clothing easy to move in.

For more information, please contact Vera Zhaoying

Valentine hunt+heart and stroke awareness month

Valentine hunt

February, Valentine, the time for hearts.
AMMC organizes a valentine hunt for hearts
find the 8 hearts, touch them to receive a note card and a gift.

Find all 8 hearts, answer the questions and drop your note card
in the mailbox at the base of the balloon for a chance on prizes.
(The hearts are spread out ovewr all 3 floors of AMMC)

Have fun 🙂

New years resolutions :-)

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Have a list like this?? Something you like to different this year?? I know i have 🙂

Sat. January 14,at 10 AM PDT is a workshop called new years resolutions, it is a new approach to communicate an important message in a fun way to SL residents but more important to those watching their avatars in SL
(those behind the keyboard)

The workshop starts at Health Info Island and continues on AMMC  grounds,with an avatar health check and …………., 🙂 when you like to experience this workshop and the ……………….. do come in sporty clothes

Curious?? Do visit AMMC, click on the poster near the reception desk for a landmark

greetz Vera



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Just a few more days and 2011 is gone and 2012 arrives, a time to look back, to remember and to reflect. But also a time for a new start, fresh ideas.

First 2011, well not a very good year, in March the former version of AMMC disintegrated around me,because our landsponser got other ideas and decided to leave Second Life, but forgot to communicate that with us.

We lost 2 people behind avatars who were very dear and important,

Dr Ann Buchanan and Dr Rhi Rhiannon.

But positive things happened too, in July AMMC took part in Relay for Life.

October was pink ribbon month, with as top a 24 hour fundraiser in one of the biggest clubs in SL.

Ups almost forgot, AMMC was rebuild and AMMC is ready for 2012,but only when you from AMMC group help do that!! AMMC needs its members to stay active.

But first!!!

Happy healthy and a blessed 2012

AMMC in 2012

AMMC begins to concentrate more on preventive health care, one result is the avatar health check, another thing is speech on January 14 correction it is a workshop, it is highly recommend people showing up wear sporty clothing 🙂

AMMC continues to be open for educational institutes, that like to use AMMC,

for RL education, and education wise if you are a Medical professional and have a story/case that you really want to share by all means contact me!!!

AMMC for the rest is a chance for avatars to seek medical/mental advice,

have a breast (cancer) screening, find information on several topics, but also a domestic violence information point.

AMMC is also doing activities with partners, Dance Island a SL club is such a partner, but for a project at the end of the year, we plan to under take we need way more new partners,at this point I cant reveal too much, since we need the permission from RL (real life) organizations to do this!!

People who know me, know it is hard for me to keep my mouth shut, specially when I am excited and on this topic, I am excited.

July is Relay for Life month, this year we have a lot to Relay for we lost several staff by cancer. Relay for Life is, to celebrate survivors, remember and fight back, AMMC is linked to a group named Beeloved, this group was formed to help someone fight, now we remember her, but not only her.

I hope that AMMC together with this group will make a presence on SL

AMMC will organize some events running up to Relay for Life and I very much seek volunteers who like to organize this!!

Well this was, my story for now, I conclude with happy new year and see you in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

greetz Vera

merry Christmas

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🙂 sorry i mean hooHOOOOhooo to everyone a very merry Christ/X mas!!
I hope all of you celebrate this time with family friends and those you love.
For those who don’t have that or had in the last year an event, that is not compatible with a merry Christmas.
I cant change it, but i like to send you my warm greetings and a smile, hoping that you reading it, will get a lilsmile because someone you don’t know, sends you this message.

To all
warm Christmas greetings Vera Zhaoying

meet AMMC version 3

Ha everyoneIn the following weeks you have a chance to see this third version of AMMC.
Not much has changed with the 2 earlier versions,  the same ideas and principles are still in effect.
But we do use some new technologies but, lets not keep you waiting and go to AMMC.
Anyone who arrives is automatically welcomed, and given a short explanation.
Then you walk towards the hospital, pass an ambulance with a question mark in front of it.
This question mark is click able when clicked you receive a note card with information about ambulances and a day in the life of an ambulance crew (in the Netherlands).Then you walk in AMMC, a medical center and a hospital, again you are welcomed and asked to go to the reception desk. On the desk are several items one is a patient ID giver click and you receive one, but also poster like objects with blue text above it, click here for AMMC website.
These objects lead you to a website in the real world in a virtual word (already confused?)The ground floor of AMMC,  4 functions, one is to guide visitors on a tour how
hospitals work on your safety, safety in hygiene but also how errors can be avoided.
The second function is to answer questions from those that seek medical related answers.
This can be done in the general practice office or in Mental health.
The third function is a new one the teen clinic since about a year 16 and 17 year old ‘s can come to Second life, for them AMMC made the teen clinic, with screens about what teens wanna know.
These screens look like posters, above it is “floating text” click  here for and then you can choose wich poster to click.
As examplei  clickedom the poster cyber bullying and took a picture , a picture on my pc screen.
Showing you what you see when you click in a virtual world a poster and get RL information about in this case cyber bullying, accessing a web site that gives you all kind of practical tips support, AMMC is using this technology a lot on several topics. We realize Second life is primaraly for entertainment, but sometimes also as escape from the real world.
This specific poster was created with everyone in mind who is a victim of cyber bullying seeking refuge in Second life, just to escape, finding this website and realizing: i dont deserve to be bullyied and i can do something against it!!

The fourth thing is an avatar health check, this is an automatic check leading visitors along 3 stations. A weight scale that measures the script use of an avatar and immediately tells you if you are overweight a tred mill and a blood test. All with question marks that give when clicked an explaining note card. No AMMC did not go in the entertainment business, but by doing this and checking the health of the avatar, we hope the person behind the keyboard controlling the avatar will take a sec to think about his own health. (This is now been realized, so it is not yet finished)
AMMC was from the beginning designed to promote healthy living awareness and this is a way to do it 🙂

Well this was the ground floor, I hope you enjoyed reading about it, if you like to visit do use the teleport link, near the top of the page. When you have visited it, let me know what you think :-).
Smile you also find green barrels with text click here to support AMMC, by all means feel free to click 🙂
Next week the first floor, this is the hospital part of AMMC.

till next week Vera


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November 22 at 2 PM PDT, these pictures were taken, in a virtual world we remembered a real person.

Someone who had a dream doctors that actually listened to patients, she began a virtual hospital to assist her students to become better doctors.

That virtual hospital (AMMC), grew,students from all over the world joined.


Dr Ann Buchanan’s dream grew, beside training she also was active in the ACS support groups, but her health declined and she had to leave SL, leaving AMMC in the hands of others, not long ago she passed away.


But she will not be forgotten, what she started still exists (AMMC hospital),

by starting AMMC, she touched many of us, because her personality shined through her avatar and cause of that personality, many gathered on the memorial moment for her. I like to thank all who came, I also like to thank several organizations, including ACS and Mayo clinic, who sent representatives, smile but the representatives also came as private persons 🙂


(picture when Poppy Zabelin from ACS spoke)

This memorial moment was also a moment for all those present, help remember and give it a place. The memorial monument will stay on AMMC.