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Wiki conference 2016

Wikipedia has over 1,55,000 health articles which are accessed by laypersons and health professionals alike.        The need for quality medical articles written by contributors with basic knowledge of medicine is a felt need for Wikipedia. At the same time it is important to expose the undergraduate medical student not only to the process of acquiring knowledge from different sources but also to be able to synthesize it and present it in his or her own words with the ability to cite it satisfactorily. Though the process of reviewing on Wikipedia by others is not as robust as in peer reviewed journals, there are sufficient parallels to gain a learning experience.

          

This was the genesis of the Wikipedia project wherein our under graduate students collaborate to write on medical topics, mainly related to ENT over a period of 8 months, during the first phase of third MBBS. In the first year, 2015-16, 16 topics were worked upon, while in this academic year we are in the process of giving finishing touches to 21 topics. The project page is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Education_program/B_K_Shah_Medical_Institute


          The work was also been acknowledged in the Wikiconference India, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUSmSwLk8D0