Amin Azzam is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He is also a clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley , the associate director of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and the program’s “Problem-Based Learning” curriculum. [1] [2] He is known for teaching an elective class for fourth-year medical students that includes entirely editing Wikipedia articles about medical topics. [3] He originally got the idea of ​​one of his students, Michael Turken, in 2012, and was skeptical at first, but later convinced that it could be a good idea. He then developed the class with Turken. [4] [5] He first taught the monthlong race in December 2013. [6] With regard to the class, he has said, “It is part of our social contract with society, as physicians, to be contributing to Wikipedia and other open-access repositories Because That is Where the world reads about health information. ” [5] His class continued to the present.


Azzam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia . [1] He then completed his general adult psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a masters in education from the University of California, Berkeley. [1]


  1. ^ Jump up to:c “Amin Azzam” . University of California, San Francisco.
  2. Jump up^ Seipel, Tracy (2014-05-04). “San Francisco company aims to become the Wikipedia of medicine” . The Mercury News .
  3. Jump up^ NPR Staff (2014-02-08). “Dr. Wikipedia: The ‘Double-Edged Sword’ Of Crowdsourced Medicine” . NPR .
  4. Jump up^ Feltman, Rachel (2014-01-28). “America’s future doctors are starting their careers by saving Wikipedia” . Quartz .
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Xia, Rosanna (2016-09-20). “College students take to Wikipedia to rewrite the wrongs of Internet science” . Los Angeles Times .
  6. Jump up^ Cohen, Noam (2013-09-29). “Editing Wikipedia Pages for Med School Credit” . New York Times .

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