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Welcome to WikiProject Medicine. This project aims to enable Wikipedians to cooperate, organize, make suggestions and share ideas on the improvement of the medicine and health-related articles of Wikipedia. Everyone is welcome to join in this endeavor (regardless of medical qualifications!).

If you have any questions, feel free to ask on our discussion page (also known as the doctors' mess). You can also have a look at some related WikiProjects.

Many suggestions and guidelines have been developed since the project began. A particularly useful collection can be found in the Wikipedia:Manual of Style (medicine-related articles), which contains a detailed discussion of issues related to writing medicine articles on Wikipedia. However, these are only suggestions: they should help to give us focus, and inspire our contributions, but no one should feel obliged to follow (or even read) them; this WikiProject is not prescriptive. They should not distract anyone wanting to contribute from our main purpose: to write and improve medical articles!

If you would like to help, feel free to add yourself to the list of participants (no strings attached!), or just look over the How you can help section below. Also of interest is the (featured) Medicine Portal associated with this project.

We hope you enjoy reading and improving Wikipedia's medical articles,
-The members


To produce reliable and neutral information on medical conditions, diagnosis and treatment in a readable and standardized format. It aims to deal with these diseases in every context, from molecular biology, symptomatology and diagnosis to therapeutical issues and historical and geopolitical ramifications. To this end, the WikiProject will collaborate with other WikiProjects relating to the health sciences.

How you can help[edit]


  • Stay in touch. Put this page on your watchlist, along with any task forces that interest you, so you can keep up with announcements and stay in touch with other members.
  • Join a task force. If you are interested in a specific topic area, then join one or more of our task forces. Most task forces keep a separate list of their most important projects and would be happy to have a new member!
  • Work together. Join in the team effort to improve selected articles in the Collaboration of the Month and the Google Project. Everyone from subject-matter experts to normal readers is welcome!
WikiProject Medicine Collaboration Dashboard
Top priorities Medicine, Cancer, Disease, Health, Death ... (more core topics or vital articles)
Cscr-featured.svg Featured article candidates None at the moment
Featured list candidates None at the moment
Featured article review None at the moment
Featured article removal candidates None at the moment
Featured list removal candidates None at the moment
Featured picture candidates None at the moment
Symbol support vote.svg Good article candidates Animal models of schizophrenia (needs reviewer), Bipolar disorder, Neurotoxin (needs reviewer), Mu wave (needs reviewer), International emergency medicine (needs reviewer), Barend Joseph Stokvis (needs reviewer)
Good article reassessment None at the moment
Peer review Circumcision, Bronchitis, Androgenic alopecia, Management of baldness, Mouth ulcer
Active Portals Cscr-featured.svg Medicine

Other ideas[edit]

Would you like to help, but you're not really quite sure what to do? Have an hour free and want to try something different? WikiProject Medicine has many tasks that any editor can do. You don't have to be a physician or have specialized knowledge.

Edit articles
Work behind the scenes
Fight spam and vandalism

Project organization[edit]


Task forces

Task forces are groups of Wikipedians gathered for collaborative work on a particular topic within a WikiProject.

The medicine project is organized into task forces to deal with smaller chunks of medicine as it is a huge topic. All are encouraged to participate in any task forces that interest them.

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Welcome to this medicine task force over view page. If you have any questions about articles or are generally seeking advice, you're encouraged to ask at the Medicine talk page, the centralized point for discussion, thank you.

To propose a new task force, please visit Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Medicine/Task forces.


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.



  • {{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.
  • {{Medref}} - Used to indicate an article in need of references.
  • {{Medicine}} - The bottom navbox template to be used on articles about broad disciplines of medicine.
  • Category:Medicine templates - Contains all templates used on medicine-related articles.

Inline with article text[edit]


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


  • Welcome messages (all of these substituted onto a user's talk page):
    • {{subst:MedWelcome}} - Welcome template to greet new Wikipedians and invite them to join WikiProject Medicine.
    • {{subst:MedInvitation}} - Invite for established Wikipedians to join WikiProject Medicine.
    • {{subst:MedGreeting}} - After editor added to participation list.
  • {{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)
  • {{subst:The WikiProject Medicine Barnstar}} - You may award the Medicine Barnstar or other relevant awards to those you feel have done superb work in the realm of medicine-related articles.


Featured articles[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. Articles in bold indicate that the article has been featured on the Main Page on the date noted.

Featured lists[edit]


Featured lists are considered to be the best lists in Wikipedia; they must pass through a review process as featured list candidates before being selected.

Other featured content[edit]

Types of content other than articles—such as images, portals, sounds, and topics—can also achieve featured content status.

Articles pertaining to the project[edit]

Journal articles

Good articles[edit]

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.

Related WikiProjects[edit]


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

Look in the list of barnstars and personal user awards at the right, or decorate their user talk page with one of these medicine-specific barnstars:

The Medic Barnstar
{{subst:The Medic Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Medic Barnstar from Wikipedia:Barnstars 2.0/Awards by WikiProject
MedicineBarnstar.png {{subst:The WikiProject Medicine Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The WikiProject Medicine Barnstar may be awarded to Wikipedians who exhibit exceptional effort and dedication to articles related to WikiProject Medicine. The barnstar design was created by Eustress on April 17, 2008.
Encephalon Cross.svg [[Image:Encephalon Cross.svg|frame|center|'''The Encephalon Cross''' message ~~~~]] The Encephalon Cross For commendable contributions to medical articles. Introduced and designed by Encephalon.
Star of life.svg [[File:Star_of_life.svg|135px|frame|center|'''The Star of Life''' message ~~~~]] Star of Life For commendable contributions to medical articles. Introduced by White Cat and designed by Leo R. Schwartz in 1973.
The Disability Barnstar
{{subst:The Disability Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Disability Barnstar for work related to disabilities. From Wikipedia:Barnstars 2.0/Awards by WikiProject
The Science Barnstar
{{subst:The Science Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Science Barnstar for work explaining the science behind medicine. From Wikipedia:Barnstars 2.0/Awards by WikiProject

See also[edit]


Main tool page:
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.

Project watchlist[edit]

External links[edit]