Med Students Earn Credit For Editing Wikipedia

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Wikipedia is a site that generally doesn't sit well in the world of academia.

But in a new effort pursued at the University of California at San Francisco, medical students will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases.

The goal is to improve the quality of medical information available globally, with the intent that the updated articles be translated into hundreds of different languages worldwide and made available on cellphones free of charge through the help of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Dr. Amin Azzam is a health sciences associate clinical professor at the University of California at San Francisco and he will be teaching the one-month course of Wikipedia editing this December. Dr. Azzam joins The Takeaway to explain how this idea came about and exactly how it will work. 

Guests:

Dr. Amin Azzam

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

I've never seen *any* "medical information" on Wikipedia.

"Medical information" I can only take to mean some particular person's medical status or history.

What is on Wikipedia are more or less good digest articles about human biology, human physiology, human histology, human neurology, human physiological and psychological pathology, immunology and pharmacology and so forth. No one should consider that Wikipedia provides or attempts to provide medical advice, and it is unlikely that many people do this who would not similarly consider the advice of late-night television infomercials.

Neither should anyone think that related information heard on an NPR radio program or in the New York Times or any similar journal constitutes medical information or medical instruction.

Oct. 03 2013 05:50 PM
FRED FEJES from Boca Raton FL

Great story that came just at the right time. I am doing the same thing in my graduate course on communication theory and am using this story to prove to the students that this just isn't one of my crazy ideas.

Oct. 03 2013 05:04 PM

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