Med Students Earn Credit For Editing Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is a site that generally doesn't sit well in the world of academia.

But in a new effort pursued at the University of California at San Francisco, medical students will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases.

The goal is to improve the quality of medical information available globally, with the intent that the updated articles be translated into hundreds of different languages worldwide and made available on cellphones free of charge through the help of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Dr. Amin Azzam is a health sciences associate clinical professor at the University of California at San Francisco and he will be teaching the one-month course of Wikipedia editing this December. Dr. Azzam joins The Takeaway to explain how this idea came about and exactly how it will work.