Editing Wikipedia pages for med school credit

The New York Times: Medical students at the University of California, San Francisco will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases, part of an effort to improve the quality of medical articles in the online encyclopedia and help distribute the articles globally via cellphones. While professors often incorporate Wikipedia work into classes, hoping that student research can live on online, the university and others say this is the first time a medical school will give credit for such work. Dr. Amin Azzam — an associate clinical professor at UC Berkeley and UCSF and director of contextually-integrated case-based curriculum for the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program — will teach the month-long elective course. Azzam is quoted in the story.

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A story also was published by the UCSF News Center.