AskDrWiki is a collaborative encyclopedia started by cardiology fellows at Cleveland Clinic which is expanding rapidly its scope of high quality free content. The project received a lot of coverage from both professional and mainstream media which had the desired effect of bringing more contributors. A wiki is only as good as its contributors and there is definitely a strength in numbers. In addition, the AskDrWiki founders have introduced a rigorous screening process to ensure that only qualified medical professionals can add and edit articles. My application was accepted and I am currently a member of the Editorial Board.
In the recent months, AskDrWiki has expanded its collection of free medical videos and images:
- Echocardiograms - 177
- Coronary Angiograms - 145
- Peripheral Angiograms - 26
- EKGs - 76
Physicians in training interested in cardiology may find the step-by-step video tutorials of Coronary Angiography and Ventriculography especially valuable.
In summary, AskDrWiki seems to be an exciting medical education project which brings good quality content online (for free) and I am happy to be a small part of it.
Ken Civello, Brian Jefferson and I have presented abstracts about using the wiki for different aspects of medical education at several local, national and international scientific meetings where the posters brought a lot of interest and lively discussion.