25 Awesome Virtual Worlds for Doctors, Nurses, and Patients

Posted October 8th, 2008 by Site Administrator in Health (No Comments »)

Although snagging some real face time with your doctor is invaluable to debunking all of your cryptic symptoms, there are other alternatives to researching medical questions. The online world is full of communities, virtual playgrounds, research centers and networking corners for everyone in the medical field–including patients–to get together and swap information and support. From nurses wanting to learn more about continuing education or new medical trends to cancer patients looking for a little encouragement and advice to doctors experimenting with innovative training opportunities, check out these awesome virtual worlds.

  1. Second Life: The immensely popular SecondLife virtual reality grid has been used in education, business training exercises and more. The health care industry has used Second Life to encourage advanced training for doctors and nurses, as a place for teens to learn about adolescent health issues, and more.
  2. Virtual Medical Centre: Patients can visit Virtual Medical Centre to learn about their health risks, current health and medical condition, drug information, treatment options and a lot more. The Australian-based site also features 3D medical animations, medical videos, information on special events and conferences, research and medical trials, and more.
  3. ThirdAid: Touted as "the patient to patient health community," ThirdAid invites members to join communities based on their medical condition. Currently, the site sponsors 800 different medical communities for patients to share advice, treatment and side effect risks, and other information and support.
  4. Cancer backup: This UK-based community publishes information so that cancer patients can research treatments, find doctors and learn all about the different types of cancer in one easy-to-access spot. Cancer backup also lets patients "speak to a nurse" and join the What Now? cancer community for chats, videos, forums, blogs and more.
  5. Patients Like Me: This virtual world is just for patients who want to find comfort, information and support from other people fighting the same illness or living with the same health condition. Patients Like Me features online communities for anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, biploar disorder, OCD, and others.
  6. Ozmosis: Doctors get together in this corner of the Internet to discuss treatment trends, drug information, research, events and a lot more. It’s also free for all doctors to join.
  7. Sermo: Sermo is another virtual world for doctors and is currently advertised as "the largest online physicians’ community." Here, doctors can participate in clinical discussions, discuss the future of health care, network, share tips on health care technology and treatments, and more. Sermo is for doctors only and is a safe, secure portal for information sharing.
  8. Nurse’s Cafe: Nurses get together through this social network to talk about jobs, continuing education, health care trends and more.
  9. MDAdvice.com: Whether you’re a patient, nurse, medical student or other doctor, take advantage of the "ask a doctor" feature on MDAdvice.com to get information about a medical condition without submitting your personal information.
  10. Starbright World: Teenagers suffering from chronic diseases, as well as teenage siblings of patients with serious medical problems, can find support and information within this virtual world. Starbright World connects patients to each other, so they can offer advice and support while fighting disease. The social media site also sponsors essay contests, games and more.
  11. Nurse Connect: Nurse Connect is another virtual community devoted to bringing nurses together. Members can ask a nurse a question, locate nurses in their area, swap career information and learn about continuing education and nursing training programs.
  12. Doctors Lounge: Doctors Lounge isn’t just for doctors: this virtual world is made up of nurses, doctors and others in the health care industry, as well as anyone who wants to ask questions and learn more about a particular medical condition. Doctors Lounge also features clinical news, health care trends, conference information, journal summaries and plenty of information for specialties like pediatrics or infections.
  13. New Media Medicine: New Media Medicine currently welcomes over 46,000 members to take advantage of its social networking capabilities. Medical students and doctors get together on New Media Medicine to talk about the industry, school, medicine and treatments, watch videos and more.
  14. WrongDiagnosis.com: This online portal features loads of information on symptoms, treatments, diseases and more. WrongDiagnosis.com also sponsors an online community, videos, medical tools, an ask-a-doctor feature, and plenty more for researching medical conditions.
  15. MayoClinic.com: Doctors, nurses and patients can get lost playing around with the features, tools and informational articles on MayoClinic.com. Finding authoritative, accurate and updated information is easy when you visit this site. Visitors can look up a symptom, find out their risk factor for a particular disease, learn how to deal with chronic diseases and medical treatments, research drugs, watch medical videos, listen to podcasts, read blogs, ask a specialist and more.
  16. Free Dive: Patients, especially children patients, fighting chronic diseases can play this game to distract them from painful, stressful medical procedures. The game "invites players to swim with sea turtles and tropical fish as they hunt for hidden treasure" in a 3D, virtual reality game designed to soothe and distract.
  17. allnurses.com: Nurses and nursing students will find articles, forums, contests and medical information on this social networking site.
  18. Sim City Medical Centre: Sim City is another great place to set up a virtual world for patients, medical training and socializing.
  19. WebAnatomy: The University of Minnesota’s WebAnatomy center quizzes you on anatomy, medical terms and more. You can take a test yourself or compete against the clock or other players.
  20. Nursing Center: Nurses can get lost in this virtual world just for them. It includes a career center and job search, nurse community, conference and event calendar, drug updates, journal articles and more.
  21. Medical Gross Anatomy Games: Anyone can play these online medical training games to learn about the movements of the lower and upper limbs, discover the nervous system and spinal cord, learn about cells and tissues, and more.
  22. Pulse!!: This computer simulation game is used in medical schools and nursing schools across the country. Pulse!! is funded by the federal government and works on PCs.
  23. Personal Investigator: Teens struggling with depression and other mental health problems can use Personal Investigator as part of their therapy. Players can talk about their problems with virtual detectives, listen to testimonials from other teens, and hunt for clues, or answers, to their problems.
  24. BBronkie the Bronchiasaurus: Kids and adults can learn how to monitor and treat asthma with this game.
  25. HIV/AIDS Interactive Nights Out: Use this game to teach young people about HIV/AIDS risk factors like drugs, sports and unprotected sex.

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