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Type of site
Available in English
Owner OpenEM Foundation
Website www.WikEM.org
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WikEM is wiki-based medical website and point-of-care phone application for emergency medicine clinicians.[1] WikEM initially started as a database created from notes and checklists passed from resident class to subsequent resident class at the Harbor-UCLA emergency medicine residency program.[2][3] In 2009, WikEM was launched as a free wiki-based website and phone application that was universally available to all residency programs and global practitioners.[2]

Emergency medicine practitioners have been quick to adopt smart phone applications, including WikEM, for use as point-of-care medical references.[4] WikEM has been listed as a key reference for emergency medicine physicians,[4] residents,[3] medical students,[3] nurses,[5] and paramedics.[6]


Although the use of wiki-type software has become common for a variety of purposes, several sources have questioned whether the wiki-based format of WikEM is reliable enough to use as a source for medical information,[2] with arguments similar to questions about the reliability of Wikipedia plus the additional concerns of patient safety.

Free open access meducation[edit]

Free open access meducation (FOAM) has been described as “medical education for anyone, anywhere, anytime”[7] and WikEM has been described as a key resource in the FOAM movement.[8] WikEM's free, openly-accessible content has been specifically noted as an important growing resource for clinicians in the developing world, where access to up to date medical references is more difficult.[8] However, to date, WikEM is limited in this regard in that its content is only available in the English language.[8]

Mobile apps[edit]

Although WikEM auto-formats for mobile devices, there are offline applications specifically designed for rural and international medicine in austere and Internet-poor environments.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WikEM". www.wikem.org. OpenEM Foundation. April 29, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Castro, Harvey (April 2010). "Wikipedia and the iPhone". Emergency Medicine News. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Lewis, Tom (January 10, 2013). "WikEM app brings free emergency medicine notes to all". iMedicalApps. iMedicalApps. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Salber (February 7, 2011). "iPhone Apps for ER docs – yeah". The Doctor Weighs In. The Doctor Weighs In. Retrieved June 23, 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ "Our Guide to Terrific Apps Every Nurse Should Be Using". OnlineLPNtoRN.org. OnlineLPNtoRN.org. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "100 Helpful Trauma Sites to Bookmark". ParamedictoRN.org. ParamedictoRN.org. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "FOAM". Life in the Fast Lane. Life in the Fast Lane. February 6, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Radecki, Ryan (February 3, 2014). "Tweeting Locally, Reaching Globally". BMJ Group Blogs. BMJ Publishing Group Limited. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 

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