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UCSF students visit WMF office as they start their Wikipedia editing journey[edit]

Author: Nichole Saad


Dr. Azzam presents to his students at the WMF



Summary:

On February 28, 2017 8 University of California San Francisco (UCSF) students paid a visit to the WMF Office to learn more about the foundation’s work as they embark on a month long elective course in March 2017. The students attended sessions given by WMF staff about the education program, and reading products followed by a live streamed presentation by their professor Dr. Amin Azzam, Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Article:

On February 28, 2017 8 University of California San Francisco (UCSF) students paid a visit to the WMF Office to learn more about the foundation’s work as they embark on a month long elective course in March 2017. The students attended sessions given by WMF staff about the education program, and reading products followed by a live streamed presentation by their professor Dr. Amin Azzam, Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine.

This is the second time Dr. Azzam has brought his students to visit the WMF. A veteran of the Wikipedia Education Program, Dr. Azzam has been engaging students in editing Wikipedia for four years through an elective course where students edit Wikipedia for academic credit. His presentation outlined Wiki Project Medicine, his student’s contributions, and an evaluation of the first three semesters of the course. A recording of the presentation can be viewed on YouTube (and thanks to Liang-chih ShangKuan for the time stamps in the comments).

The visit to the WMF was a success. The UCSF medical students enjoyed seeing the "behind the scenes" of the WMF, and also learning what WMF prioritizes with the Education Program globally. Now, at the half-way point of the course, they have made 176 edits to 7 articles, adding 8,640 words to pages viewed 45, 200 times.

Dr. Azzam is now working on expanding and customizing his model to other health-professional schools. So far 16 schools have expressed interest in creating Wikipedia-editing assignments for their own medical schools. This includes schools in Israel, Chile, Australia, Singapore, Canada, and the UK.


Tags: Wiki Project Med