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*For asynchronous learning documentation, each '''1 hour = 0.5 contributions points'''
*Residents are responsible for achieving a '''[[Special:ContributionScores|contribution score]] of 18''' for every one week of WikEM Elective
*Residents are responsible for achieving a '''[[Special:ContributionScores|contribution score]] of 18''' for every one week of WikEM Elective
*For asynchronous learning documentation, each 1 hour = 0.5 contributions points 
*Progress is easily tracked at on the [[Special:ContributionScores|Contribution Score]] page
*Progress is easily tracked at on the [[Special:ContributionScores|Contribution Score]] page

Revision as of 16:40, 14 March 2015

Proudly Supports the WikEM Elective


This outlines the use of WikEM as a reading elective and/or asynchronous learning platform for medical residency programs. The project is organized by OpenEM Foundation and the "WikEM Elective" is officially endorsed by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident Student Association. Residency programs across the globe are encouraged to participate.


Many emergency medicine and other medical specialty residency programs offer "reading electives" for several weeks of their curriculum and/or have asynchronous learning activities (aka “individualized interactive instruction”).[1] The U.S. Emergency Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC) allows residents to use aschronus learning for up to 20% of educational time.[2]

However, these activities can be difficult to monitor, leading to numerous problems in documentation and performance. The WikEM Elective and its asynchronous learning platform allows residency programs to better supervise residents as they study topics of their own choosing.

Additionally, all contributions are then in the open domain as part of the open access movement, thus benefiting medical practitioners around the globe, as well as being immediately available to the contributor, their fellow residents, and their residency program via the WikEM website and its native mobile applications.


  • WikEM serves as a point of care source of medical information for practitioners around the world and resident contributions are read by tens of thousands of people!
  • By editing and writing content, residents engage in active learning and synthesize the medical literature into "need to know" bedside pearls and treatment information.
  • By referencing work, residents will stay current with evidence based medicine.
  • Most importantly, the elective is a time to have fun learning and writing about emergency medicine topics and giving back to the entire community.

Getting Started

Thanks for wanting to help out on WikEM! People are the core of the wiki. Your knowledge translates into improved bedside practice for everyone.

To get started

If you are looking for ways to contribute




Tracking the Contribution Score

  • For asynchronous learning documentation, each 1 hour = 0.5 contributions points
  • Residents are responsible for achieving a contribution score of 18 for every one week of WikEM Elective
  • Progress is easily tracked at on the Contribution Score page


  • WiKEM software tracks all edits residents make and can serve as proof of activity during the WikEM elective.
  • For a history off all edits, go to to: http://www.wikem.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/YOUR-USER-NAME
  • Contact info@wikem.org if you need an official certificate for a residency elective.

See Also

Resident Editors


  1. Alternatives to the conference status quo: summary recommendations from the 2008 CORD Academic Assembly Conference Alternatives workgroup. Sadosty AT, Goyal DG, Gene Hern H Jr, Kilian BJ, Beeson MS Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Dec; 16 Suppl 2():S25-31
  2. Frequently Asked Questions: Emergency Medicine. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Review Committee for Emergency Medicine; 2012. Available at: http://www.acgme.org/acgmeweb/Portals/0/PDFs/FAQ/110_Emergeny_Medicine_FAQs.pdf