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Thanks to all of our current WikEM Editors! Did you know you can join us? Please consider joining our contributor community and become a WikEM editor through our open and transparent promotion process.
Editor in Chief
Ross Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTropMed, FACEP
Daniel G. Ostermayer, MD
Neil M. Young, MD
Senior Assistant Editor
Aaron Snyder, MD
Marissa Camilon, MD
Michael Holtz, MD
Babak Missaghi, MD
Bobak Zonnoor, MD
Joel Miller, MD
Jonathan Osgood, DO
Kenn Ghaffarian, DO
Kevin Lu, MD
Manuel Celedon, MD… Read more
Osmosis.org has a new interview with the Creator and Editor-in-Chief of WikEM, as part their Leaders in Medical Education series. Read some of the history behind how WikEM started.
“If anything should be free and open in this world, then certainly the knowledge to care for your fellow human during an emergency has to be on the top of that list.” -Ross Donaldson, MD, MPH
Over the last six years, we have gone from having just a few people accessing the site per day to tens of thousands of sessions per month with over 100,000 downloads of the app to date. WikEM is now the most popular emergency medicine-specific application in the world and is open to all medical providers (including medical students) across the globe to help edit, as a key open access resource. We can now take that life-saving… Read more
We’re pleased to announce that after a thorough review of our finances, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently recognized the OpenEM Foundation, the overarching organization supporting WikEM, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.
Please donate now and help make open access to medical knowledge possible for all!
If there are any universals in this world, then chief among them is an innate human desire to care for our fellow beings when in suffering and extremis. Our goal is to make sure the knowledge to perform that important task is freely available to all. Thank you for your generous support.
Correspondence in Annals of Emergency Medicine about WikEM’s important place in social media: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/
Blogs, podcasts, videocasts, social networks, and custom search engines are all important resources for stimulating research discussion and improving medical education. However, as acknowledged by Thoma et al, “to make effective use of this stream of knowledge, learners must filter and choose from myriad resources.”2 We suggest that the wiki is a key social media tool to organize and summarize this growing body of online information. It also has the added benefit of providing easy access to consensus information in the middle of a shift, allowing clinicians to provide better care while at the bedside.
WikEM isn’t just the premier emergency medicine bedside reference, it’s also a wiki, meaning that our users collaborate to provide our content. Have you really not made an edit yet? Here are some reasons you should:
- It’s fun!
- It’s educational.
- It will make you a better clinician.
- It’s social. Interact with the new cohort of intelligent #FOAMed clinicians, who are making medical education free and openly available on the web.
- You are helping providers around the world have access to free and current medical information. (Why donate outdated textbooks when you can put content online for free download?)
- It gives you something to do on those late night shifts, instead of making inflatable turkey’s with disposable gloves (which are pediatric choking
An analysis of internet popularity finds WikEM to be one of the Top 10 most popular emergency medicine websites in 2014 (http://www.xn--aciltp-t9a.com/best-of-2014-emergency-website). Thank you to everyone who has helped contribute to this great resource and helped make free and open access to medical knowledge possible!… Read more
Check out WikEM’s new Broselow-type weight-based dosing feature under “Critical care quick reference” in the app (or, on the web at http://www.wikem.org/wiki/Critical_care_quick_reference).
Now you’ll always have equipment sizes and medication doses immediately available to you during codes or other emergencies!
-OpenEM Foundation… Read more