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Medical wikis: the future of medicine?

I still believe that these medical wikis will play an important role in medical education. But they have to improve a lot of things (number of contributors, guidelines, layout). Let’s take a look at the active medical wikis, and let me know if I missed any (actually I’ve found 16 wikis – I thought there were only a few).


  • Wikisurgery: Wikisurgery is a free surgical encyclopedia for surgeons and their patients.
  • Ganfyd is a collaborative medical reference by medical professionals and invited non-medical experts.



  • Billingwiki: a collaborative medical billing knowledge base for practice profitability and compliance. It includes fresh views and new concepts leveraging state of the art technology.
  • Student Doctor Network Wiki: is a nonprofit organization committed to assisting health professionals at all stages of their careers through volunteer-run and community-based discussion.
  • Medtech Wiki: Medgadget’s wiki aiming to create a comprehensive database of medical technologies and devices, including specifications, methods of use, and commentary on efficacy and other issues.
  • AIDS wiki: a community gathering place for AIDS dissidents to assist and foster activism. The wiki reflects a pro-dissident POV, although the diversity of opinion present among AIDS dissidents is respected.
  • WikiMD: is a free Medical Encyclopedia editable by anybody. It was created by a resident in Internal Medicine in Philadelphia.


  • WikiKidney: This wiki has been developed by The Nephron Information Center for the renal community of doctors and allied health personnel, industry, payors, CMS, patients and their families.
  • Medic Wikia: The aim of this wiki is to develop a collaboratively edited information resource focused on medical issues, treatment protocols, ethical standards, and historical information of use to street medics.

Update (many thanks to KJ and David Rothman!):

  • EBM Librarian wiki: The purpose of this wiki is to develop a community of librarians who are involved in teaching and supporting the practice of evidence based medicine (ebm) or evidence based practice (ebp).
  • EHealth wiki: a platform for the eHealth research community to collaboratively develop eHealth and Internet research ideas and observations into papers, proposals, research protocols, projects and programs.
  • Medical Images Wiki: The CHERRI report outlines a persuasive approach that could enable the sharing of medical images to support education needs (clinical recordings in academic, non-clinical settings).
  • PubDrug: is an open access directory of drug monographs on a wiki platform.


  • Quality of medical data: This wiki was created to be a research resource for epidemiologists, healthcare workers, insurers, and patients interested in the issues surrounding the quality of medical data.


  • WikiCancer: Cancer stories,support and infromation.


  • WikiHealth: the collaborative online health and wellness community where your participation makes a difference!
  • WikiRadiology: The free medical imaging resource created by the radiology community.
  • WikiEcho: A wiki dedicated to echocardiology.


  • MedRevise: MedRevise is the home of free medical revision on the web. Not too in depth, nor too short, and with a great sense of humour! This site is a medical revision wiki, and it’s growing all the time…

  1. KJ #, 醫學快紀, the first Chinese Medicine wiki. Most articles in this wiki are Taiwan medical students notes and the overview of Taiwan medical colleges.

    March 28, 2007
  2. Also:
    * Clinfowiki
    * EBM Librarian (Recommended!)
    * EHealth Wiki (JMIR)
    * KidneyWiki
    * Medical Images Wiki
    * Medical Imaging
    * Medical Practice Billing and Compliance
    * Nursing Wiki
    * OpenWetWare*
    * PubDrug
    * The Quality of Medical Data
    * UBC HealthLib Wiki (Recommended!)
    * WikiCancer
    * WikiHealth
    * Wikisurgery

    Links here:

    March 28, 2007
  3. Thank you, KJ and David! I hope it’s a proper list now. I updated the article.

    March 28, 2007
  4. Argh, no no, NO! Death by wikis!

    March 28, 2007
  5. Try ..

    March 29, 2007
  6. Wow! I must write a whole post about it. Thanks for the link!

    March 29, 2007
  7. I wonder why some of these wikis dont merge with each onter into a single big medical wiki… at least the less specialized; their user base would grow, they’d have mnore content, i think there would be many advantages from that, it’s not very effective to have scattered work done in such a decentralized way.

    March 29, 2007
  8. You have the point! But how can we convince these wikis to merge? It’s nearly impossible as nobody will give up their work…

    But you’re absolutely right!

    March 29, 2007
  9. Something like Yahoo Answers is much better than a wiki for medical information.

    When googling for medical info, I consistently find the best info on discussion forums and/or medical info sites, not wikipedia or another wiki. And this information is better than the info you get from your own doctor most of the time.

    And as to those arguing against the proliferation of wikis, it is definitely a good thing. For people involved (peripherally or centrally) in professional communities (such as educational, medical, programming, etc.), the best wikis are those specialized in their area, not wikipedia.
    Compare for example the edutech wiki (google it) to wikipedia. It blows the ed tech stuff on wikipedia out of the water a hundred times over.

    March 29, 2007
  10. archilooks #

    More info about HIV AIDS INFECTION :

    February 2, 2008
  11. Richard #

    More info on cardiac ultra sound scan

    March 25, 2008
  12. Thank you, Richard! I will add it to my list.

    March 25, 2008
  13. Add me to your wiki list I’m up to 50 contributors.

    November 6, 2008
  14. Thank you, Deirdre! Done!

    November 6, 2008
  15. Definately its gonna play a major role..

    May 17, 2009
  16. Me gusta el Science Roll… se encuentran buenos post! y más accesibles ..

    October 27, 2009

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