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Please add new topics to the bottom of this page. Note: this is not the place to suggest changes to Wikipedia itself. If you have concerns or questions regarding medical content please post them on the talk page of the WikiProject Medicine in the appropriate language. English is here

The use of Wikipedia by doctors for their information needs[edit]

This is a proposal for a research project to study the relationship between Wikipedia and the information needs of doctors. The community's knowledge and feedback is more than appreciated!


Wikimedia Community logo, which is red, green, and blue
Wikimedia Community logo
red green blue logo
red green blue version
blue logo
nice colors
logos being compared

I have some bias but I prefer the blue logo. CFCF, I saw that you just changed it. It hurts, a lot, but I understand the usefulness of considering alternatives. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:42, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

I like the new one. We are using movement colors. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:36, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
As a board we should probably vote on it officially though. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:36, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Documenting education outreach[edit]

Hello. Since about 2011 there has been a en:Wikipedia:Education Program. It does outreach to schools, including medical schools, and in the past members of Wiki Project Med have supported this class outreach. There has not been an official on-boarding process, but the precedent in practice has been that Wiki Project Med members have supported every medical class that has been identified anywhere. I wish to start logging all identified medical classes here in Wiki Project Med's space as an archive to review the history of outcomes of these projects. Please check what I am doing at Wiki Project Med/education outreach. Here are some points which may be worth considering:

  • This page is accessible through Wiki_Project_Med#Education_outreach, so its intended audience would be people who navigate from there or people who have a direct link
  • Please note the model of the project pages. I was thinking that as soon as any school does two events, then they could have a project page like this which serves as a directory of all of their projects. For UCSF, their event pages were not previously connected so I connected them in this project page based on descriptions from single event pages. For Icahn, I modeled their page after the UCSF one, which was not an established model. The advantage of the project page is that right now, courses cannot be categorized like any other Wikimedia page so a list of links to all course pages is the best way I know to collect all the classes. It is useful to find all classes at an institution or in a series so that outcomes can be reported for the series more easily.
  • Classes which just happen once are listed as individual classes, and all information about single classes can be kept on those class pages
  • So far as I know, there is no precedent in the education program to tie multiple classes in the same school into a unified record of activity, so I know of no precedent that I could have followed for this. Wikimedia chapter reporting could have been a model but I thought those pages are more complicated than is merited here.
  • I stated association of both projects with Wiki Project Med. I think that there should be some kind of affiliation model. I know that these things are being developed. Probably some review is nice. I do not want to take undue liberty, but at the same time, I hope that every aspect of both of the projects currently listed meet the standards for educational affiliation which Wiki Project Med may or may not someday want to formalize. It would be my wish as a project participate to be able to anticipate "affiliation", whatever that means, between classes and Wiki Project Med in the future. Right now, the major benefit which I would like to associate with affiliation is good will to the class from Wiki Project Med members, support in bringing health editing issues from the class to a WikiProject Medicine (on English, probably, but in the future maybe anywhere), support for even having the class contribute to Wikipedia in accord with standards from the Wikipedia Education Program, and a willingness to hear special needs from the class if they come up.
  • I personally am keen to support medical schools in participating in the Wikipedia Education Program as part of my routine work at the United States-based nonprofit organization :en:Consumer Reports]]. I and my organization think it is good for medical students to edit Wikipedia, and my employer is kind to encourage me to do outreach. My work benefits from Wiki Project Med support of classes in the Wikipedia Education Program.

None of this requires further development. If anyone has criticism of this model then speak up. Anyone can list and link to any classes they see on this Wiki Med course listing. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:04, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

  • I found out that in my own city someone was already doing documentation for a cohort of classes. See this model:
This seems to me to be a lot of work. I hope that automated categorization comes soon. It is supposed to be available for medicine and psychology as pilots by autumn 2015 from Wiki Ed Foundation. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:03, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Talk page redirects[edit]

This project has many subpages as can be seen at Special:PrefixIndex/Wiki_Project_Med/. Wikiproject Medicine at English Wikipedia also has many subpages, as can been seen at en:Special:PrefixIndex/Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/, and it manages them by having most or all of the talk pages of the sub pages redirect to the talk page of the main page.

I propose that the same happen here, and that all subpages in the English language redirect here to this talk page. Any comments? Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:28, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

I like the idea. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:16, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Health Information for All[edit]

Wondering if we should put

"We support the global initiative Healthcare Information For All. We believe that every person and every health worker should have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible."

On our page? We are currently a supporter of the organization. [1] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:16, 26 March 2015 (UTC)