eLearn Magazine – Second Life for Medical Education

Several universities worldwide are grappling with the challenges of medical education in the context of reduced access to preoperative patients [1]. This is especially important given that most would accept that “the single most important function of ‘modern’ academic surgical units relates to the provision of a well-structured and imaginative educational programme for undergraduates” [2]. Educational tools that offer engaging modes of interaction were identified as absolute necessary to attract not only candidates to surgical training programs, but students to medical programs in general. One solution that could theoretically address both of these needs simultaneously involves the use of computer-simulated or “virtual” patients.

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