Amin Azzam

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Amin Azzam

Amin Azzam is a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. He is also a clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the associate director of the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program, and the director of the program's "Problem-Based Learning" curriculum.[1][2] He is known for teaching an elective class for fourth-year medical students that consists entirely of editing Wikipedia articles about medical topics.[3] He originally got the idea from one of his students, Michael Turken, in 2012, and was skeptical at first, but later became convinced that it could be a good idea. He then developed the class with Turken.[4][5] He first taught the monthlong course in December 2013.[6] With regard to the class, he has said, "It is part of our social contract with society, as physicians, to be contributing to Wikipedia and other open-access repositories because that is where the world reads about health information.”[5] His class continues to the present.


Azzam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia.[1] He then completed his general adult psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a master's degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Amin Azzam". University of California, San Francisco.
  2. ^ Seipel, Tracy (2014-05-04). "San Francisco company aims to become the Wikipedia of medicine". The Mercury News.
  3. ^ NPR Staff (2014-02-08). "Dr. Wikipedia: The 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Crowdsourced Medicine". NPR.
  4. ^ Feltman, Rachel (2014-01-28). "America's future doctors are starting their careers by saving Wikipedia". Quartz.
  5. ^ a b Xia, Rosanna (2016-09-20). "College students take to Wikipedia to rewrite the wrongs of Internet science". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Cohen, Noam (2013-09-29). "Editing Wikipedia Pages for Med School Credit". New York Times.

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