WikEM elective and asynchronous learning

Revision as of 17:26, 29 April 2014 by Ostermayer (talk | contribs) (Areas of Involvement)


These are general requirements for Global WikEM Elective. We encourage other residency programs to offer a WikEM with tailored requirements that will be in the residency-specific section.

Getting Started

  1. Log in/Create an Acount in the upper right of the screen
  2. Learn the basics of Creating & Editing Notes
  3. Email info@wikem.org and let us know your interest so we can help tailor the elective experience
  4. Familiarize yourself with the Clinical Notes, GEMC Project, and Journal Club
  5. Learn about how to reference your content

Daily Instructions

  1. If working on clinical notes, first search for the note and edit the existing content or create a new note
  2. Contact a Section Editor if you have an interest in a particular subspecialty and wish to improve the section
  3. Browse the Old Pages which need updating
  4. Categorize Existing Content
  5. Link Pages together to improve navigation among related topics
  6. Contribute to Actively Edited Notes
  7. Create a needed note
  8. Upload Pictures

Areas of Involvement

  1. Core Clinical Content
  2. Global Emergency Medicine Curriculum
  3. Evidence Based Reviews
  4. Board Review Questions


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


  1. You are responsible for achieving a Contribution Score of 13 for every one week of your WikEM Elective
  2. You can keep track of your progress on the Authorship Listing page


  1. The wiki software tracks all edits and can serve as proof of activity during the elective. For a history off all your edits, go to to http://www.wikem.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/YOURUSERNAME

For example: http://www.wikem.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Ostermayer

Contact info@wikem.org if you need an official certificate for a residency elective.

See Also

Resident Editors