WikEM elective and asynchronous learning

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Proudly Supports the WikEM Elective


These are general requirements for the "WikEM Elective" for medical resident. This elective is officially endorsed by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident Student Association and organized by OpenEM Foundation.

Many emergency medicine and other medical specialty residency programs offer "reading electives" for several weeks of their curriculum. However, these electives can be difficult to monitor, leading to numerous problems in documentation and performance. This WikEM Elective allows residency programs to better supervise residents as they study topics of their own choosing. Additionally, this information is then immediately available to them (and the general medical community) in perpetuity.

Getting Started

  1. Log in/Create an Acount in the upper right of the screen
  2. Familiarize yourself with the WikEM website. Edits to any part of the site are acceptable: Clinical Notes, GEMC Project, and Journal Club
  3. Learn the basics of Creating & Editing Pages
  4. Learn about how to reference your content

Feel free to email Drs. Manuel Celedon and Manpreet Singh if you need any assistance on helping to tailor the elective experience

Daily Instructions

  1. You get credit for editing current notes and adding new ones
    1. If working on clinical notes, first search for the note and edit the existing content or create a new note
    2. Create a Needed Page
    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 Pages
    7. 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