2:40 - 3:40 pmThursday, September 24
Learning Lab on Editing Wikipedia for med school credit? You can too!
Learning Lab on Editing Wikipedia for med school credit? You can too!
Data Journalist, DocGraph Journal
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF
Admit it—you use Wikipedia extensively. Who doesn’t? But do you use it for medical information? Physicians, medical students and patients all do! So if Wikipedia is the most widely used medical reference... Read more


Admit it—you use Wikipedia extensively. Who doesn’t? But do you use it for medical information? Physicians, medical students and patients all do! So if Wikipedia is the most widely used medical reference in the world, and the third most visited medical reference in the US, why not be a part of increasing the quality of reliable information there by becoming a WikiProject: Medicine Wikipedia editor? This workshop will teach you how.

Medical students are expected learn how to seek, evaluate, and interpret the medical literature, for themselves, their peers, and their patients. First and second-year students learn this in lecture or small group sessions, while third and fourth-year students apply this knowledge on the wards, the former in preparing ward presentations and the latter in guiding their increased responsibility as sub-interns. Writing Wikipedia Medicine articles requires a similar skill-set and carries the “extra” benefit of being durable and beneficial to the public. Furthermore, exposing students to the “underbelly” of how Wikipedia works – how Wikipedia articles are rated, cited, and peer-reviewed – teaches a vital skill, the ability to navigate the rapidly evolving world of information retrieval and production that they will enter as physicians and that their patients already are extensively using now.

Fred Trotter is a healthcare data journalist and author. He is a founder of CareSet Systems and The DocGraph Journal, a technical blogger for O’Reilly Radar, and co-author of the first Health IT O’Reilly book Hacking Healthcare.

CareSet’s Patch creates a comprehensive map of the healthcare system, by showing how healthcare providers collaborate to deliver healthcare. The DocGraph Journal seeks to create and disseminate new open healthcare data sets, and to foster a community of data scientists who contribute tools and expertise to the analyses of open healthcare data.

Fred’s technical commentary and data journalism work has been featured in several online and print journals including Wired, Forbes, U.S. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. As a technology entrepreneur he is an alumni of multiple successful technical startups including Rackspace, Exault (purchased by Verisign), and ClearHealth (the top Open Source EHR company).

In recognition of his role within the Open Source Health Informatics community, Fred was the only Open Source representative invited by the NCVHS to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’ under ARRA. He also represented the Open Source EHR community in negotiations with CCHIT, a leading EHR certification body. He currently serves on the Consumer Technology Workgroup for the Health IT standards committee which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Fred Trotter is deeply involved in the e-patient movement, the quantified self movement, the health 2.0 community. In all of those environments, he has focused on building tools that help empower patients to improve their own health, with a specific focus on behavior modification. Fred is a founder of the programmable self concept, and frequentspeaker on the topic. He was once a member of the Security and Trust Working Group for the Direct Project, and co-creator of the Direct Trust Model.

In addition, Fred  is a recognized expert in Free and Open Source medical software and security systems. He has spoken on those subjects at the SCALE DOHCS conference, Health 2.0, Academy of Health Care Journalists conference, Strata RX, Strata, LinuxWorld, DefCon and is an MC for the Open Source Health Conference and sometimes the healthcare track at OSCON.

He has a B.S in Computer Science, a B.A in psychology and a B.A in philosophy from Trinity University. He minored in Business Administration, Cognitive Science, and Management Information Systems. Before working directly on health software, he  passed the CISSP certification and consulted for VeriSign on HIPAA security for major hospitals and health institutions. He was originally trained on information security at the Air Force Information Warfare Center. 

Amin Azzam, MD completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, before starting medical school at the Medical College of Virginia.  During medical school, he participated in the inaugural year of the National Institutes of Health’s “Clinical Research Training Program.”  After completing medical school, he participated in the research track of the general adult psychiatry residency program at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry.  He then completed a two-year research fellowship in psychiatric genetics at the San Francisco Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, before discovering that his true passion was in medical education.  Deciding that 27 years of formal education just wasn’t enough, he went back to school for a two-year masters’ degree in education, at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on quantitative methods and evaluation.

Currently, he is director of the “Problem-Based Learning” curriculum at the UC Berkeley—UCSF Joint Medical Program, co-director of the “Foundations of Patient Care” course for first and second-year medical students at UCSF, and co-director of the “Health Professions Education” Pathway to Discovery at UCSF.

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