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QuickWire: Calif. Medical Students Will Edit Wikipedia Articles

Beginning in December, fourth-year medical students at the University of California at San Francisco will be able to take a for-credit class in which they will edit Wikipedia articles about medical topics, the university has announced. The students will edit existing articles’ texts and add citations, and professors will track the changes.

“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,” says Amin Azzam, an associate clinical professor at the medical school and an instructor for course. “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.”

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