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Welcome to WikiProject Medicine! This is a place where people interested in medical and health content on Wikipedia can discuss things, collaborate, or debate related issues. This is done on our discussion page. Please join in, as everyone is welcome. You can also check out our goals, and the ways you could help. There's always somewhere to help out because Wikipedia is a work in progress. Related WikiProjects also exist, so a health-related article might not be technically labeled as part of our project, but we still care about its quality.

Many suggestions and guidelines have been developed since the project began. Our typical article style is described here; it contains details on issues that can arise. A guideline on what qualifies as reliable medical source is here, though these pages are not "laws": they are intended to give us focus, inspire us, and organize our contributions. They should not prevent anyone from writing and improving medical articles!

If you would like to help, feel free to add yourself to the list of participants (no strings attached!) We hope you enjoy reading and improving Wikipedia's medical articles.


WikiProject Medicine seeks to benefit the world by giving the general public and health care professionals a text they can all read, appreciate, and respect, free of charge. To help us organize our efforts, we are currently working towards these three milestones:

Goal 1: All top-importance articles at B-class quality or above. Please discuss at WT:MED if you feel one of the remaining C-class top importance articles deserve a B-class rating.

Goal 2: 80 up-to-date featured articles

Goal 3: 300 good articles. You can see the good article goals for 2013, where you can also set a goal for yourself.

Our initiatives[edit]

How to help[edit]

WikiProject Medicine assessment statistics worklistlogcategory

Would you like to help, but you're not really quite sure what to do? WikiProject Medicine pages have many opportunities for improvement (even this page, which you can edit). You don't need to be an expert.


Maintain the integrity of articles[edit]


  • Stay in touch. Put this page on your watchlist, and feel free to communicate on the talk page.
  • Recruit members. Assist in public relations and outreach by recruiting editors interested in medicine to contribute to Wikipedia (m:Wiki Project Med is a non-profit corporation that shares this goal). Invite good editors to join us. Personal messages are best when inviting Wikipedia editors.

Work behind the scenes[edit]

Project organization[edit]



WPMED userbox
⚕ This user is a member of WikiProject Medicine.

The full list of project participants is located on a separate subpage. Any interested Wikipedia editor is welcome to join this project. If you would like to help, feel free to add yourself to the list.


Our Task forces help organize our medical topics, but these talk pages aren't very active. Try discussion at the main talk page first.

Featured and good content[edit]


Featured articles are considered to be Wikipedia's very best work; they must pass through a review process as featured article candidates before being selected and being featured on the Main Page. Follow the link above for a showcase of Wikiproject Medicine's finest articles.

Good articles have been evaluated for their quality, but they have not been through the featured article process. For good articles in the biology and medicine category, see Wikipedia:Good_articles/Natural_sciences#Biology_and_medicine.


Writing good medical articles and trimming poorly cited article content can be hard work! Why not reward someone you've seen do some good work in the area? Any editor may present an award to any person as a reward for and public recognition of good work.

Current events[edit]

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Articles for deletion
Proposed deletions
Templates for discussion
Good article nominees
Good article reassessments
Requests for comments
Requested moves

Templates and navigation bar[edit]


Category:Medicine templates contains all templates used on medicine-related articles.

  • {{WPMED}} - Placed on talk pages of medicine-related articles and used to assess articles.
  • {{reqphoto|medical subjects}} - Used on talk pages to request that photographs be added to the article.
  • {{med-stub}} - Used on stub articles (here is the complete list)
  • {{Medref}} - Used to indicate an article in need of adequate references.
    • {{Medref|section|{{subst:DATE}}}} - Used to indicate an section in need of adequate references.
  • {{Medicine}} - The bottom navbox template to be used on articles about broad disciplines of medicine.
  • {{medical advice}} - placed around requests for medical advice on talk pages (box ends with {{cob}}).
  • {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Navigation}} - transcludes the navigation template shown to the right.

Inline with article text[edit]


WP:Infoboxes have been created for a number of article types including:


the welcome video
  • Welcome messages (all of these should be substituted onto a user's talk page):
    • {{subst:WPMED welcome}} - Welcome message for new Wikipedians (with invitation to join us) - newish, with video
    • {{subst:MedWelcome}} - Welcome template to greet new Wikipedians and invite them to join WikiProject Medicine. - includes general intro links
    • {{subst:Welcome medical student}} - For welcoming new editors who appear to be students associated with a course
  • [[File:New medical editor.ogv|thumb|right|thumbtime=2:59|right|320px|Welcome to Wikipedia and [[WP:MED|Wikiproject Medicine]]]] A video that can be transcluded onto the pages of new users.
  • {{User WPMed}} - Userbox for members of this WikiProject.
  • {{User MedLat}} - Userbox for those who understand Medical Latin (Babel-compatible; just add |MedLat to your Babel template)


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