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Should clinicians edit Wikipedia to engage a wider world web?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 03 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4275

Re: Should clinicians edit Wikipedia to engage a wider world web?

Exactly 12 months ago, I responded to a BMJ editorial "WikiProject Medicine,"[1] advocating that clinicians’ evidence-based practice workshops and journal clubs adopt a “stub” or an incomplete section of WikiProject Medicine or look at an appropriate specialty-based or topic-specific Wiki and provide some critically appraised input.[2]

So now I’m putting my money where my mouth is by organising a Medical Wiki Workshop at University Hospital, Coventry, on Friday 31st August. This will provide an introduction to editing Wikipedia’s medical content, with plenty of hands-on editing practice. There are still some places available, so here's your chance to get involved. See


[1] Editorial. WikiP{roject Medicine. BMJ 2011;342:d3387

[2] Perry H. You’ve got to be in it to win it.

Competing interests: I am organiser of the event mentioned in this Response. I am also an Administrator of EEPDwiki (, a specialty-based Wiki on perinatal data.

06 July 2012
Helga J Perry
Electronic Systems & Resources Librarian
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust
Clinical Sciences Library, University Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX