We love the ideas contained in Edheads and Surgery Squad, and hope to combine both concepts and design in our interactive virtual suturing simulation.
Surgery Squad is an online interactive simulations for several surgical procedures. It was designed to explain what goes on when a patient goes under the knife so to speak. Two virtual physicians, Dr. Jeff and Dr. Suzi help guide us through liposuctions, tonsillectomies, dental procedures, tatoo removal, hair transplant and laser hair removal, and so much more.
But the participant needs to remember that these are not medical sites...it calls to mind the "Pretending" element that Marc Prensky talks about in his article Interactive Pretending.
The format is user friendly and starts with beneficial information that is informative for the patient. It goes through phases with buttons that enable you to repeat or skip ahead. The graphic detailing is suberb. The tool useage is very basic, and our simulation would require much more indepth manipulation...but all of the basics are there for a fact filled, fun simulation.
I highly recommend http://www.surgerysquad.com/ for anyone who wants to play doctor, or just needs some information on an upcoming surgery.