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The Social MEDia Course: Virtual Reality in Medicine
Bertalan Mesko, MDon 10 February 2015
Transcript of The Social MEDia Course: Virtual Reality in Medicine
Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD
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Take home messages
There are solutions for collaboration when geographical limitations arise.
Second Life is a widely used virtual world, but there are many others as well!
Choose the right platform for the right purpose!
Virtual reality is only an additional platform for communication.
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Why do we need a virtual world?
Free conferences with archives
Cost-effective form of communication
Let's design a virtual world for medical education and communication where avatars can meet, share materials and talk.
Number of virtual worlds
Income from virtual worlds
One of the most popular virtual realms
hours spent in-world
June 23, 2003
History of Second Life
Philip Rosedale formed Linden Lab
Inspired by the metaverse of Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash
Second Life was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards "for advancing the development of online sites with user-generated content".
maximum concurrency (number of avatars inworld)
recorded is 88,200
Linden Labs announced layoffs of 30% of its workforce
What does Second Life mean to people?
In 2007, a ban on gambling in Second Life was enacted to ensure compliance with applicable US laws.
1-2) Registration and Log-in
You'll find free materials and feel free to ask for help
What can you do?
Driven by money
(has its own currency)
Needs serious hardware
Hard to use, takes time
Not that real
Video, audio, images, animations
Somewhat real presence!
Second Life avatar moves if user rides the bicycle in real life
Alternative to Second Life
Takes about 30 seconds to enter the virtual world
Other virtual reality-serious gaming solutions
Surgeons train and learn hand skills with Wii
In post-stroke state and many conditions affecting elderly people
Medicine Meets Virtual Reality
conferences showcase the latest trends
Force-feedback on biopsy simulations
Data collection of eye movements of dentists
XBOX training for endoscopic procedures
Virtual rooms for drug addicts
Video controlled intubation
Simulations for post traumatic stress disorder
How doctors and students use it?
Ann Myers Medical Center
Giving presentations since 2006
First, students have to wash their hands before examining the patient
Cardiac murmurs and lung sounds
Heart rate and other parameters
Imperial College of London
Science Foo Camp (event organized at Googleplex) Lives On
Typing and talking during talks
Topics from genomics to blogging covered
An island dedicated to the teaching of genetics was created by Mary Anne Clark ("Max Chatnoir" in Second Life) who is a Professor of Biology at Texas Wesleyan University
Models are connected to online information resources
Ontario Health Center
Could perform residency interviews in SL
Educational simulations are included (e.g. CPR training)
Sexual Health Sim
People can "wear" skin conditions
How can patients use it?
Links to support groups
Virtual Support Centers
An open source alternative to Second Life that can be hosted on your own servers and thus run behind the firewall.