A few years ago, Lena initiated a new way to simulate clinical interactions and education via the virtual world of “Second Life.” Lena and her students struggled through various iterations of the IHP “island”, discovering ways to make their avatar real (or at least have normal clothing), and to explore in a very safe manner some of the complex interactions that occur between patients and providers. Lena was so proud of her “second life” world and the way that her students grumbled at the beginning of the term about having to use this new cumbersome technology and subsequently celebrated their accomplishments at the end of the term. This is the classic continuum of learning-discovery, frustration, deeper exploration, mastery, confidence, competence. Lena celebrated this continuum and I will remember her for these contributions and many more. I think it is somewhat symbolic that her work will live on in something aptly named “Second Life.” I think that you will join me in “finding” Lena there in the virtual world that she helped design.
The IHP community will gather for a memorial tribute to Lena on September 27 at 5 pm in the beautiful student lounge in 2 Constitution Center. I hope that the whole IHP community-staff, faculty, students-will join us in honoring Lena at that time.
DR. LENA SORENSEN
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
2 CONSTITUTION CENTER, STUDENT LOUNGE