Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/UCSF Elective 2013

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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is offering a 4th year, one month elective, from November 18th until December 12th of 2013 which involves selecting and improving important medical topics to developing them up to a high-level of quality. This builds upon a previous collaboration between UCSF and Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine as found here.


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Faculty member[edit]

Amin Azzam, MD, MA

Amin Azzam, MD, MA: email Amin completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, before starting medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. During medical school, he participated in the inaugural year of the National Institutes of Health’s "Clinical Research Training Program." After completing medical school, he participated in the research track of the general adult psychiatry residency program at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry. He then enrolled in a two-year research fellowship in psychiatric genetics at the San Francisco Veterans' Administration Medical Center, before discovering that his true passion was in medical education. Deciding that 27 years of formal education just wasn’t enough, he went back to school for a two-year masters' degree in education, at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on quantitative methods and evaluation. He is now an Associate Clinical Professor at both the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of the University of California.

Currently, he wears five part-time hats:

  1. Head of the "Problem-Based Learning" curriculum at the UC Berkeley—UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP)
  2. Co-Director of the "Foundations of Patient Care" course at UCSF School of Medicine
  3. Co-Director of the "Health Professions Education" Pathway to Discovery at UCSF School of Medicine
  4. Director of Trainee Professional Development for the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at UCSF
  5. Chair of the Scholarship Working Group of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators

His research interests include exploring the efficacy of various instructional approaches in stimulating medical students' acquisition, retention, and application of content knowledge in their evolving roles as clinicians.

Course structure[edit]

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BEFORE Mon 11/18:

  1. How popular is wikipedia compared with other internet sites?
  2. Do people turn to wikipedia for medical information, and if so, who and how often?
  3. Do medical professionals use wikipedia, and if so, who and how often?
  4. Do you feel comfortable using wikipedia for medical content?
  5. Do you feel comfortable sharing the wikipedia medical content with patients? Why or why not?
  • Read over the WikiProject Medicine page, review the top 100 importance articles, which are listed at Book:Health care, and you can also see the WP:MED1500 to brainstorm about which article you think you should work on to have the maximum benefit to society. If you do these things BEFORE Mon 11/18, you will be eligible for a free lunch.

ON Mon 11/18:

Time Who What Where
9:00 - 9:45am all intros, why the course? LP A-119
9:45 - 10:00am students complete baseline survey LP A-119
10:00 - 11:30am Amin "Background" LP A-119
11:30 - 12pm Lauren & Whit "Digital Citizenry" LP A-119
12 - 1pm all Lunch together TBD
1 - 1:30pm James & Jake "WikiProject:Medicine" LP-01
1:30 - 2:15pm Brian Wikipedia: Education Best Practices & Ambassadors LP-01
2:15 - 3pm Amin & students what articles? what effort? how to document progress? Decide when final presentations will be LP-01
3 - 4pm Lauren, Whit & Amin Getting our hands dirty: Hands-on practice LP-01
4 - ?pm students create usernames, edit the course wikipage, play the wikipedia adventure game on your own

ON Tues 11/19:

Time Who What Where
9 - 10am students, Lauren (digitally), Whit, Kevin & Amin working editing session with librarian consultants & Wikipedia Ambassador PRN LP A-225
10 - 11am students, Lauren (digitally), Kevin & Amin working editing session with librarian consultants & Wikipedia Ambassador PRN LP-01
11 - 12pm students, Whit, Kevin & Amin working editing session with librarian consultants & Wikipedia Ambassador PRN LP-01
12 - 1pm students & Amin lunch TBD
1 - 2pm students & Amin "the story: the press coverage!" LP-371
2 - 3pm students independent or team editing work LP-371
3 - 4pm students & Amin "the story: other downstream impact" LP-371

By the end of Monday and Tuesday, you will know what article you will be working on, which sections you will be working on, and which other article you will peer review in its entirety. Each article will be read in its entirety and commented on by a fellow student who is not working on it. Please perform peer reviews beginning on December 1, posting your review to the talk page of the article you are reviewing.

Week of 12/2 - 12/6: one-on-one meetings or phone calls with Amin. Lauren or Whit to discuss progress, complete mid-rotation interviews.

Sat 12/14 from 9-11am Pacific time: final group presentations, complete course evaluations. This will occur via a google hangout. Anyone who wishes to participate should email Dr. Azzam to be invited

Students and articles[edit]

Once you know which article you'll be working on, and which ones you'll peer review, then please post that information in the following format. (If you click on Special:MyPage/sandbox, it will take you to your sandbox where you can play practice using wiki markup, which you can see demonstrated at Help:Cheatsheet.)

#[[User|Your user Name]] · [[Your Wikipedia article]] · External peer review: [[The name of article you will review]] · Internal peer review: Name the sections of your article that you are not working on


Student Article Page views [1]
Iieeeric (talk) (edits) Race and health 3,880
Eaamed (talk) (edits) Cirrhosis 151,621
UCSF2014 (talk) (edits) Alcohol withdrawal syndrome 52,514
LaurenSMS4 (talk) (edits) White blood cell 138,597
emhawkins (talk) (edits) Hepatitis 112,459

What will the assignment be like? Which articles should you choose from?[edit]

This course 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.

You and one partner will have enough time, 24 days, to take responsibility for an entire Wikipedia article. Every word. You will seek to make sure everything in the article is verified in the most up-to-date reliable medical sources. You should obtain the good article criteria and shoot for even the featured article criteria by the end of the month. (Having your article formally go through these two processes [and possibly even WP:GAN itself] is beyond the scope of the timeline of the assignment. But please feel free to continue to improve "your" articles, after the assignment ends, if you enjoy the work.) You will hopefully be paired up Wikipedia "Ambassadors" who are willing to assist. Meeting the featured article criteria is a high bar. It requires that you actively collaborate with Wikipedia editors who are experts on the manual of style. Even getting an article up to the "good" level requires a certain level of technical knowledge. But help is available from volunteers for your course.

You should be the leading content experts for your articles. Wikipedia Ambassadors should be the technical experts, but they might also suggest changes to your content because of their expertise, profession, or reading. Please be prepared to communicate openly and collaboratively. If you click "Talk" on the top of the page here, you will get to Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Medicine/UCSF Elective 2013, where you can discuss the course. If you want to raise a matter for discussion to the "medical community" on Wikipedia, see WT:MED. You will collaborate with discussion on the talk page of the article you choose for article-specific issues. See the WP:Talk page guidelines for more details.

At two points in the month you will give an open peer review on the talk pages of articles. You will give one peer review of your partner's work on your own article. (Informal open peer review should ideally be a continual process as the page evolves.) You will also give an open peer review to one article that is not covered by your assignment. When you give the reviews, you should read both your article and the other article in their entirety, from beginning to end, because we want readers to be able to do that as well. See Wikipedia:Length for how long articles should be. When you receive the open peer review about the content you are responsible for, you will be required to respond to each point raised, whether it is by taking action or explaining why you think otherwise. See Talk:Low_back_pain/GA1#Verifiability for a link to a section where people were fact-checking content.

Which article will you work on? You are encouraged to pick an article from Book:Health care that is not currently of featured or good article status, unless you can argue that an article currently classified as "good" or "featured" is significantly out-of-date (see WP:MEDDATE for more details). Please select an article from Book:Health care because of their association with the translation program from Translators Without Borders that will translate the articles into other languages for other language Wikipedias. (Consider also the wmf:Wikipedia Zero program and you're talking about people in Africa seeing your medical knowledge for free on their cell phones.) Please pick something you and a partner are both passionate about. Which article might help people more than another? Which article might be fun to see blasted on a press release with your name attached to it? Those are good questions to consider.

Elective Fall of 2013[edit]

For the launch of these effort UCSF invited two Wikipedians to visit San Francisco to give lectures and run editing sessions on the significance of Wikipedia and Medicine. A second effort is for an elective at UCSF which will involve 4th year medical students improving Wikipedia medical content. This page will be used for documenting the proposed details while the associated talk page is for discussion of potential issues, etc. There have been a number of electives including:


Initially we are looking at a one month elective starting early in 2013. Other possibilities are making this a longitudinal elective that students can participate in as they have the time to work on articles. Given that the most convenient time for someone to update an article may be at the moment when they are interfacing with a given medical problem (while on the wards), a longitudinal structure may fit more naturally into a medical student's workflow.

Wikipedia Ambassadors[edit]

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Ambassadors willing to provide one-on-one support to students[edit]

Medical Librarians[edit]

Q & A[edit]

  1. Grading: As is standard for medical school electives, grades are pass/fail.
  2. Number of students: 5. Though there is no upper limit on the number of students that can sign up for the elective, the course is limited to UCSF 4th year medical students initially. In the future, the elective may be available to other UCSF students (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and graduate division).
  3. Course number: Students wishing to sign up for the elective should use course number "IDS 140.60 – Expanding WikiProject Medicine."
  4. Further academic credit: Students will have the additional option of publishing articles brought to featured article status through JMIR Wiki Medical Reviews or Open Medicine.

Useful links[edit]

Medicine specific
  • WP:MEDHOW: an overview of how to edit
  • WT:MED: a place to collaborate, raise issues with medical content, and ask questions about how to edit medical articles
External links