Teaching young doctors to work with others is yet another skill that can be taught in a virtual world.
In an article titled Can Second Life help teach doctors to treat patients?
According to the article:
After the avatars enter the computer-generated hospital, they check in at a reception desk, put on an access badge, and then stop by professor Martyn Partridge's office to get their assignment. Partridge's online likeness bears an eerie resemblance to his real-life appearance.This shouldn't replace traditional medical education but it can certainly enhance and reinforce the skills they need to apply with patient. Virtual worlds are a good way to help reinforce people skills and conduct role-plays in realistic environments.
If students forget to wash their hands before visiting a patient, their investigation is halted.
Then students enter a patient's room and their work begins. Because their assignment takes place in a respiratory ward, they can access recordings of real-life patients' breathing to help with their diagnoses. And if students decide that X-rays are needed, they can stroll down to the radiology department and order them.
All these steps are designed to reinforce lessons about responsibility and hospital protocol.
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