I've removed the many external links to the medical schools' websites as per WP:External links and WP:NOT#LINK (in particular, the bits that state "External links should not be used in the body of an article" and that Wikipedia is not an Internet directory). Most of the schools have their own Wikipedia article, and their websites can be linked from there. ~ Danelo 20:26, 19 August 2007 (UTC)
This article is misleading because medical schools have been added that are not in the WHO World Directory of medical schools: also, medical schools that are in the WHO Directory are not necessarily all here. There is now a reference to WHO's August 2008 electronic publication of the WHO list, with updates to December 2007 and a link to the Avicenna Directories. Readers should refer to the official WHO list and in due course to the Avicenna Directories. Gordoncph (talk) 14:57, 19 August 2008 (UTC)
I think the two pages should remain separate (as they discuss different (although similar) lists, as far as I know). However, I strongly support removing the list of medical schools from the WHO Directory of Medical Schools article, as it is woefully incomplete and really not that useful. An external link to the databases is much more appropriate. (EhJJ)TALK 21:44, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
I think that sounds resonable as well. Jwri7474 (talk) 22:55, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
Following the move of the lists to the List of medical schools article my proposed change of title is not needed but the article needs minor corrections.Gordoncph (talk) 10:43, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
Have now made corrections referred to aboveGordoncph (talk) 22:49, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
Transfer to the AVICENNA Directory for medicine
Closed per WP:SNOW - an RfC was not really needed in this case (as WP:MERGE was more appropiate), but this is both fait accompli and not objected--Cerejota (talk) 23:20, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
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The WHO Directory of Medical Schools no longer exists; its contents were transferred to the Avicenna Directory for medicine. I'm wondering how this should be addressed here on WP. Should this article be edited to state that the contents of the WHO Directory were transferred to the Avicenna directory, or should this article redirect to the Avicenna Directories page? Thanks. aqwfyj (talk) 02:53, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
A redirect makes sense to me, merging any relevant information from here into the target article, provided the target article continues to make it plain early in the piece, as it presently does, that the WHO Directory has been taken over by Avicenna. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 03:22, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
I'm not familiar with the subject, but after reviewing both articles it seems to me that their subjects are merely different in scope. It could be argued that the content from this article fits as a section, but given the historical significance of the WHO directory, a stand alone article seems also fitting. Also there's the thing of what to do about the content that will emerge under the Avicenna Directory for medicine denomination in the future. Perhaps it would be best if this article was renamed, with the previous name as a redirect — frankie (talk) 03:28, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
I agree that a redirect makes sense, but only if the significance of the WHO directory is still included as a substantial section in the Avicenna article. How does this sound for the intro?
The AVICENNA Directory for medicine (previously the World Directory of Medical Schools) is a public database of worldwide medical schools, schools of pharmacy, schools of public health and educational institutions of other academic health professions. The AVICENNA Directory for medicine replaced the World Health Organization (WHO) World Directory of Medical Schools in 2008. aqwfyj (talk) 04:13, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. It is the kind of modification that one would expect when a transition of this sort occurs, like with AOL Time Warner — frankie (talk) 05:01, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Redirect seems okay - The redirect that was performed on Sept 2/3 seems appropriate. If additional material about the (defunct) WHO directory were to become available, it can be added into the AVICENNA article, as historical/background information. --Noleander (talk) 22:32, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
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