The Beginning

The Ann Myers Medical Center (AMMC) was founded by DoctorAnn 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 MRIs, CTs 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 and several nurses. AMMC has a building staff headed by Carla Chandrayaan, whose dedication and tireless voluntary efforts can never be repaid. The AMMC owes a great debt to Carla, Nugget Gregory, Radical Richthofen, Gwen Kilby, ParTAY Flax, Evilpony Fallon and many others who have given freely of their time and talents to build AMMC.

These days, we are becoming a part of Sprott-Shaw college in BC, Canada.

And we want more physicians and medical educators to become part of the project as we envision an “open” medical arena for all to collaborate and learn! If you’re interested, please leave a comment! Let’s work together on the future of medical education!


36 Responses to “The Beginning”

  1. 1 Wayne June 8, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    This sounds like an interesting idea. How can we find the center in Second Life?

  2. 3 hemedoc June 8, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Greetings! We are very pleased to interact with the global community in this manner. We are hoping to attract other medical education facilities to join our project, as well as students interested in taking part. Toward that end, Vera Zhoaying, a medical student in Holland working with the AMMC Project, desires to hold a Trauma Exercise. We would welcome collaboration from Students, Educators, Physicians and Nurses who are familiar with ATLS and ACLS procedures.

    Most of all, we are interested in Global collaboration – ideas, thoughts, a joint effort in the project. We are under the direction of Sprott-Shaw College in British Columbia, Canada. I would welcome your comments and thoughts. I see a very positive progression occurring within the AMMC, such that, eventually, we will reach inaccessible areas and interact with physicians, students, nurses and members of other allied health fields, enabling them to take part in a growing project.


  3. 4 rblachere June 15, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    As a student, I’m enjoying learning virtually and working with Dr. Ann. This is the future of virtual med.

  4. 5 hemedoc June 21, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    The AMMC has become part of Sprott-Shaw college, as mentioned before. We will be moving onto the SL campus of Sprott-Shaw College. In addition, there esteemed professors will be joining us in this venture. The move will take place the weekend of 7/23/07. We will post the new landmark here as soon as we know the actual location on the campus.


  5. 6 hemedoc June 22, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Sorry, The date for transition is around or about 6/23/07, not July.

  6. 7 hemedoc June 26, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Yesterday, June 26, 2007, the AMMC was moved officially to the island of “Hospital”, part of the Sprott-Shaw college campus. The AMMC project has had an amazing amount of support from the President and from the college manager, Davis Stastny. We have been discussing the changes that are to come with this move. Sprott-Shaw already operates a successful number of courses within SL and is the first to hold electrical engineering courses in the virtual world of SL. They are intending to use the AMMC, in addition to the plans that we have, to train nurses in SL who are seeking practical nursing degrees. Sprott-Shaw will be moving their teaching and collaborative technology to the AMMC, allowing students and educators/physicians, etc, to work more easily together.

    There is a plan to set up a convention area such that the presentation of research objectives, papers, case studies can occur from people all over the world. Sprott-Shaw already conducts case studies in their degree program and I am told it is working in a most fantastic manner. A library exists on the Sprott-Shaw main SL campus to which AMMC members ands tudents will have access and the intention is to place resources for medical professionals and scientific papers in the database.

    Dorms, areas of study, classrooms incorporating white boards, power point and databases, offices and a presentation area are just part of the plans in the works. By becoming more involved with the AMMC, thoughts and ideas will blossom and make the Center able to be utilized for a plethora of items by people all over the globe.

    Now we need to add professionals to our numbers — physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, educators and students. Ideas for gathering the members of our field are most welcome. Please feel free to send thoughts and ideas for the progression, collaboration and education at the AMMC to me at:
    I intend to request assistance from QTLabs Apogee Avie Services, As a dear friend and an incredibly brilliant individual, I am certain that we will only garner positive results by working with QTLabs.

    I believe whole heartedly in the positive effect the AMMC will have, not only within SL, but in the interaction of people from all over the world.

  7. 8 Bertalan Meskó June 27, 2007 at 5:56 am

    Ann, I hope you don’t mind but I converted this comment into a blogpost.

  8. 9 Jose Villota July 4, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Im a 5th year medical student. Interested in medicine over all but also on med-communication and new media. Id like very much to join your project and trainning in Sl. Would be very nice to hear of you.

    SL: negok villota

    Kind Regards

  9. 10 Deirdre July 9, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Would you consider writing an article for my Medical Education Blog.

  10. 11 Juliette Fowler July 11, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Hi…I would be very interested to join here can someone let me know how I go about doing this? SL name is Jette Vella

  11. 12 Bertalan Meskó July 15, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Juliette!

    Please make contact with me inside SL (Bercy Dryke) or let me know when you have time and I can guide you there. 🙂

  12. 13 paradiso July 20, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Hi, I’m a doctor, internist and cardiologist. Your initiative is interesting. I would be happy to contribute to the project.


  13. 14 Bertalan Meskó July 20, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Hello paradiso!

    Please register at and then let’s meet inside Second Life. 🙂

  14. 15 vlad July 25, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Bertalan…I need to leave a post about an exercise/simulation I’m doing with the students. I can’t see where I can add a main post…this is Vladimir Burdeyna, an AMMC Physician.


  15. 16 Bertalan Meskó July 26, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Would you please make contact with me via e-mail? berci.mesko [at]

    I’d also like to participate in the first simulations. 🙂

  16. 17 vlad July 26, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    The Hematology exercise has been set for August 9th at noon or 1 pm. I have asked students to leave posts here about the time and date…we’ll reschedule if needed to accomodate most of you.

    i’ll give the symptoms characteristic of a heme disorder. you students will act as a group and discuss it. I will give you lab results and maybe an image (although it’s a pretty characteristic image and most of you will get it from that alone, so this is a last resort). I have questions written up for all of you after you’ve made your decision on a diagnosis. It will be a round table discussion and i want you to have fun with it and get to know your fellow students/colleagues. I’m hoping this helps you get to know each other, have a little fun with medicine and maybe even learn a little something.


    Bertalan…sent a message to you today via email.

  17. 18 Ruth Houck Grossbard September 18, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Good Afternoon,
    My name is Ruth Houck-Grossbard and I am currently finishing my MS at Bloomsburg University in Instructional Technology. I currently am an intern at Lehigh Valley hospital in Allentown, Pa. I am putting together a presentation on Second Life and the possibilities for medical facilities. Would I be allowed to come to your island and take snap shots that I could include in the presentation? Also, is there someone I can speak to concerning all the different applications that you currently use Second Life for training?
    Thank you for your time,


  18. 19 vlad September 18, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Hi, Ruth. You’re absolutely welcome to take snapshots and I’ll be happy to meet with you. The building is being rebuilt, so you should wait until that’s completed. You can find me in sl as Vladimir Burdeyna.

  19. 20 Ruth Houck Grossbard September 26, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Great! Can you contact me at I have to do a presentation on October 11.

  20. 21 Ruth Houck Grossbard September 26, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Also,by any chance, do you have a list of medical related islands on second life?


  21. 22 vlad October 2, 2007 at 2:45 am

    I’ll try to get with you asap Ruth.

  22. 23 Stefano October 15, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Dr. Buchanan,

    I´m a gastroenterologist from Brazil, and found the AMMC at the Second Life today. I have a website about hepatology (, where I have articles for the general public and medical students (unfortunately, only in portuguese) and we and my colleagues answer questions about liver diseases by e-mail.

    I could help in the AMMC too, if you need someone in my field.

    Stefano (Stephanos Kowalski at the SL)

  23. 24 Weediatag October 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Sounds intersting.. Are you trying to be with my acid atom Do you want a fresh joke from net? What do you get when a cat walks along a beach? Sandy Claws!!

  24. 25 Jane Goody April 22, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I noticed that this is not the first time you write about this topic. Why have you chosen it again?

  25. 26 Jayanta Bhowmick November 25, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I am a practicng General & Laparoscopic Surgeon in India for last 10 yrs. Would like to join , may be as a faculty in the sl.
    Kindly let me know if possible.
    thanks and regards

  26. 27 Vera Zhaoying December 8, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Ha Dr Yajante

    Apologies for late reply.
    It is certainly possible to join, if you go to Second,
    create an avatar, you are more then welcome to visit AMMC.
    Personally i am very interested in the practice of medicine in India and compare that with my own country Holland.
    greetings Vera Zhaoying

  27. 29 Jenn January 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I really liked that post, I am a little confused, and have a tiny question. Can I send you an email?

    • 30 verazhaoying January 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      Ha Jenn

      I reply on behalf of AMMC, apologies i dont consider it wise to post my e-mail adress on a website 🙂
      However if you have an avatar in Second life, please give me an IM (Vera Zhaoying)

      Hope to meet you in virtual) person

      greetz Vera

  28. 31 Makeup Tips February 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Hi hun, nice website! I genuinely treasure this blog post.. I was wondering about this for a while now. This cleared a lot up for me! Do you have a rss feed that I can add?

  29. 32 verazhaoying February 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Ha Make up

    Lol a RSS feed, lol i have to ask that the designer and care taker of the website, as soon as i know you get it.

    greetz Vera

  30. 33 Pamela Maidens March 10, 2010 at 3:10 am

    I develop education for healthcare professionals and would like to learn the possibilites of collaborating with the Ann Myers Medical Center. One of our programs teaches knowledge and skills to care for the whole person beginning with our self. It enhances the medical model. We are currently conducting research with nursing staff and would like to discuss the possibilities of teaching nursing students this model of care using Second Life as an educaitonal resource. Your philosophy seems to be in keeping with our’s. Please contact me at or 440-935-0101. Thank you. Pamela Maidens.

    • 34 verazhaoying March 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

      Ha Pamela

      Hope to meet you in AMMC in Second Life,
      to discuss this with you, in cmbinatin with one of our nurse educators.

      regards Vera

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