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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2018-19 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went? This grant was earmarked to help us publish the results of our Editathon conducted with our Doctor of Physical Therapy Students from Touro College, in an open access journal. We are very happy with the results of this effort as our submission was accepted and published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (Weiner SS, Horbacewicz J, Rasberry L, Bensinger-Brody Y. Improving the Quality of Consumer Health Information on Wikipedia: Case Series J Med Internet Res 2019;21(3):e12450 URL: https://www.jmir.org/2019/3/e12450 DOI: 10.2196/12450 PMID: 30882357 PMCID: 6441860)


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Publication on Editathon outcomes in an open access journal YES Published in JMIR (see above citation)
Dissemination of Wikipedia Editathon outcomes at National Physical Therapy Conference YES Poster presentation at APTA conference with approximate attendance of 10,000 clinicians, faculty and students.


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
  • What did not work so well?
  • What would you do differently next time?

This project has been executed four times and improves each year. The dissemination of the results was rewarding and demonstrated the utility of this effort by Physical Therapy students. Results show that the efforts to improve the quality of health information on Wikipedia did indeed reach the general public.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on. Funds were earmarked for public dissemination of outcomes associated with our school's engagement with Wikipedia. The funds from the $2000 grant were used as follows: $1863.85 towards a portion of publication fees in JMIR. ( total cost to publish was $2950 and a portion was also covered by another grant). $96.23 on Research Poster $39.92 remaining funds ( see below for projected use)

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds? Yes, there is $39.92 remaining which will be used for refreshments for a meeting to plan our next Wikipedia Editathon.

Remaining funds have been used or will be used for other approved mission-aligned activities. This use has been requested in writing and approved by WMF.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project? This has been a very rewarding experience for our faculty and students and we are very grateful to the Wikimedia Foundation for the opportunity to share our important work.