Allowing an unqualified medical student to get to grips with a patient could be risky ? after all, they don’t get a second life.
Well, that’s all changed for trainees at one medical school ? who can now practise their craft on virtual patients in a hospital on Second Life.
Students are able to treat patients, check their pulses and take blood samples before consulting with colleagues.
hey can diagnose a patient in a safe environment. If they make a mistake and kill a patient then it does not harm anyone,’ said Maria Toro-Troconis, of Imperial College London, which has set up the online hospital.
‚They learn from their mistake and hopefully do not make it again.’
In the Second Life hospital, nursing and medical students are taught strict rules on cleanliness.
If they fail to wash their hands, the simulation stops.
Ms Toro-Troconis said the virtual hospital was a fun way of learning and also a valuable aid, allowing students to practise newly learned skills.