Azzam teaching innovative course designed to increase
reliability of online medical information
Sunday, September 29, 2013
UCSF will soon be the first U.S. medical school at
which medical students can earn academic credit for editing medical content on
Wikipedia, thanks to a
new course for fourth-year medical students taught by Amin Azzam, MD, MA.
“Wikipedia generates more than 53 million page views just for articles
about medications each month, and is second to Google as the most frequently
used source by junior physicians,” said Azzam. “We’re recognizing the impact
Wikipedia can have to educate patients and health care providers across the
globe, and want users to receive the most accurate publicly available, sound
medical information possible.”
The class, which begins in December, is part of an ongoing collaboration
between the UCSF School of Medicine and the Wiki Project Med Foundation.