FL – December 31, 2008 – For the first time, surgeons from around the world could participate in the EuroAmerican Summit in Orlando, Florida without having to
go to Orlando. Imagine sitting at a computer in your office on another
continent asking questions in real time of SLS faculty avatars. SLS has
established a presence in Second Life that will allowed just that.
“This is just another step in meeting our mission of providing information and education to help our members improve healthcare worldwide,” said Paul Alan Wetter, MD, FACOG, FACS, Professor Emeritus, University of Miami School of Medicine and Chairman of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. This Second Life presence will be previewed at the EuroAmerican Summit IV, Feb 11-14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The web portion of the Summit will be directed by Dr. Wetter; James C. Rosser, Jr., MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta; and Richard M. Satava, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, University of Washington. Second Life will allow surgeons to have access to SLS’s rich online content from journals, textbooks, and meetings. “This project is a great example of a game changing flat world application. Imagine a digital social phenomenon like Second Life being used for the greater good,” said Dr. Rosser. SLS has a strong digital presence with innovative Web content. Recently, its Index Medicus peer reviewed journal, Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, was rated in the top 100 of over 10,000 scientific journals based on downloads of its content, making it one of the most popular medical journals worldwide.