Education Program talk:University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)/Expanding WikiProject Medicine (April 2014)/Grading

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a WikiProject Medicine article that has not yet reached “Good Article” or “Feature Article” status.
  2. Identify clinical questions that currently exist on WikiProject: Medicine articles and apply evidence relevant to answering those questions.
  3. Determine whether clinical evidence can be applied to the reference standards of Wikipedia.
  4. Efficiently use information technology to appraise, assimilate, and apply high-quality evidence to the improvement of Wikipedia’s WikiProject: Medicine articles.
  5. Use secondary literature (systematic reviews, meta-analyses), textbooks, and practice guidelines, to edit an article using the WikiProject Medicine Style Guidelines, providing references as required.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in appraising the quality and reliability of a Wikipedia medicine article.

As is standard for medical school electives, grades are pass/fail.

Writing style[edit]

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia for the general public, which means it is not many other things, although your writing will draw exclusively from the medical literature, the writing style you use should be accesible to a general audience. Because Wikipedia is not a medical or scientific journal, "a Wikipedia article should not be presented on the assumption that the reader is well versed in the topic's field. Introductory language in the lead ... of the article should be written in plain terms and concepts that can be understood by any literate reader of Wikipedia without any knowledge in the given field before advancing to more detailed explanations of the topic. While wikilinks should be provided for advanced terms and concepts in that field, articles should be written on the assumption that the reader will not or cannot follow these links, instead attempting to infer their meaning from the text." Taking a look at some of the featured medical articles will give you examples of articles that are considered to be well-written by Wikipedia editors.

Useful links[edit]

Medicine specific
Related to Press Coverage of our elective

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