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List of medical wikis

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This is a list of medical wikis, collaboratively-editable websites that focus on medical information Many of the most popular medical wikis take the form of encyclopedias, with a separate article for each medical term Some of these websites, such as WikiDoc and Radiopaedia, are editable by anyone, while others, such as Ganfyd, restrict editing access to professionals The majority of them have content available only in English

The largest and most popular general encyclopedia, Wikipedia, also hosts a significant amount of health and medical information


  • 1 AskDrWiki
  • 2 EyeWiki
  • 3 Ganfyd
  • 4 HemOncorg
  • 5 Radiopaedia
  • 6 WikiDoc
  • 7 WikEM
  • 8 WikiLectures
  • 9 Defunct
    • 91 Medcyclopaedia
    • 92 Medpedia
    • 93 WikiSurgery
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links


Type of site Expert medical wiki project
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Owner Open Access Medical Informatics Group
Created by Kenny Civello, Brian Jefferson
Website wwwaskdrwikicom
Alexa rank 3,857,833 as of Nov 2016
Commercial No
Registration Required with credentialing
Launched August 2006
Current status Online, but mostly inactive In November 2013, there were 2,111 pages and 1,408 content pages In February 2015, there were still the same number of pages

AskDrWiki is a medical wiki encyclopedia created by Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Fellows Kenny Civello and Brian Jefferson The project was started as a response to the lack of free online medical information found in several community hospitals and was created to form a repository of cardiovascular information that could be readily accessed for reference It was launched in August 2006 The site now holds medical review articles, clinical notes, pearls, and medical images The wiki allows anyone with a medical background to contribute or edit medical articles, of which there are over 2,000 as of 2013

The purpose of the site is to provide reliable and easily accessed health information for the medical community including physicians, nurses, and medical students The information published on the site is not meant to supersede medical training but to serve as a repository of medical review articles to give medical professionals an online source where they can review medical topics The website is similar to Wikipedia because it runs on MediaWiki software allowing users to add and edit articles, but differs in that all users must be credentialed based on their medical training before they are allowed to publish Its goal is not to compete with Wikipedia regarding consumer health-related topics, but to serve as an expert medical wiki and provide a source of up-to-date medical information for healthcare providers

In December 2006, AskDrWiki was referenced in a British Medical Journal article, "How Web 20 is Changing Medicine", as one of the early adopters of using video hosting sites such as YouTube and Google Video to host medical videos It was also discussed in a 2007 Nature Medicine article on medical wikis AskDrWiki has been featured in other media including The Plain Dealer, Medical Economics and The American Medical Association News

As of February 2015, although still online, the wiki had minimal ongoing contributions, with only 3 edits in 2014


Type of site Internet encyclopedia project
Available in English
Owner American Academy of Ophthalmology
Slogans "The Eye Encyclopedia written by Eye Physicians & Surgeons"
Website eyewikiaaoorg
Launched 7 July 2010; 6 years ago 2010-07-07

EyeWiki is a medical wiki community and online medical wiki encyclopedia, launched in July 2010 by ophthalmologists supported by the AAO The wiki provides information about eye diseases and their management, including medical and surgical treatments

EyeWiki content is created and edited only by ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists in training


Main article: Ganfyd Ganfyd
Type of site Wiki
Available in English
Revenue nil
Website ganfydorg
Alexa rank 1,228,616 as of Nov 2016
Commercial No
Registration Required
Launched November 2005
Current status November 2013: Had 17,293 pages and 8,374 content pages

Ganfyd is a medical wiki community and encyclopedia, created in November 2005 by a group of doctors working in the United Kingdom Only registered medical practitioners or persons working under their direction, and a small number of invited non-medical specialists, may edit Ganfyd articles The intention was to make the material reliable enough for professional medical use As of 2013 it has over 8000 content pages


Type of site Professional medical reference wiki
Available in English
Created by Peter Yang, MD
Website hemoncorg
Alexa rank 2,112,548 as of Nov 2016
Commercial No
Registration Free; editing requires credentialing
Launched November 2011
Current status Active

HemOncorg is a hematology/oncology wiki which was originally created by oncologists to provide information about chemotherapy regimens and hematology/oncology medications Its contributors are practicing physicians and other medical professionals Its current focus is to provide clinicians referenced information about chemotherapy regimens, medications used in hematology/oncology, and to allow medical professionals to share any useful references or medical information with each other to improve their clinical & academic practice

HemOncorg runs on MediaWiki software and also Semantic MediaWiki Anyone may sign up for an account and suggest additional information to be added Editing privileges are activated for account holders whose credentials are verified The content is not under an open license

Data about HemOncorg has been presented at the 2013 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, and it has been profiled in the oncology press The website's chemotherapy regimen database has also been used for academic research projects


Main article: Radiopaedia Radiopaedia
Type of site Wiki
Available in English
Owner UBM medica network
Website radiopaediaorg
Alexa rank 16,657 as of Nov 2016
Commercial No
Registration Required
Launched December 2005
Current status November 2013: Had 6187 articles with 13522 images

Radiopaedia is a bespoke wiki-based international collaborative radiology educational resource with reference articles, radiology images, and patient cases It is aimed at registrars, residents and consultant radiology staff An iPhone/iPad application was released in 2009

Users of the site are free to add and edit content as well as to maintain their own case library In an attempt to reduce vandalism and peer-review content, a panel of section editors are appointed from time to time to review changes and ensure that the presented material is as accurate and relevant as possible


Type of site Wiki
Headquarters Boston
Owner WikiDoc Foundation
Created by C Michael Gibson
Website wikidocorg
Alexa rank 525,784 as of Nov 2016
Commercial No
Registration Yes
Launched December 2005
Current status November 2013: Had 109,199 content pages

WikiDoc alternatively spelled Wiki Doc is a medical wiki encyclopedia where contributors are not required to have credentials in a biomedical field WikiDoc was started in December 2005 by C Michael Gibson, of Harvard Medical School The original content came from Gibson's chief residency notes, board review notes, and content from a variety of copyleft sources including The US National Library of Medicine, the US Centers for Disease Control, Wikipedia and Ask Dr Wiki WikiDoc differs from Wikipedia in the following ways: it is oriented more to medical professionals, and has medical news, expanded images and videos, greatly expanded differential diagnoses in a list format and a differential diagnosis project, a toolbar to search internet on the right hand side to gather articles, guidelines and slides, a toolbar on the left to see what page most people looked at next, a board review course in Beta testing, and editors who watch over the content


Type of site Wiki
Available in English
Headquarters Los Angeles
Owner WikEM Foundation
Created by Ross Donaldson
Website wwwwikemorg
Alexa rank 988,407 as of Nov 2016
Commercial No
Registration No
Launched 2009
Current status October 2016: 3,176 content pages

WikEM, The Global Emergency Medicine Wiki is a wiki-based website and point-of-care mobile application for emergency medicine clinicians WikEM started as a database created from notes and checklists passed from each resident class to the next at the Harbor-UCLA emergency medicine residency program, but is now open to all clinical providers WikEM was launched in its current form in 2009 WikEM's mobile applications are available in both iOS and Android, allowing for quick mobile usage, as well as offline use in austere environments and disaster situations


Screenshot of WikiLectureseu
Type of site Wiki for medical students
Available in English, Czech
Headquarters Prague
Owner Medical Faculties Network
Website WikiLectureseu
Alexa rank 500,412 as of Nov 2016
Commercial No
Current status November 2013: 702 content pages

WikiLectures is a collaborative project focused on creating and storing medical study materials It is developed by students and teachers from various Czech and Slovak medical faculties WikiLectures is part of the project MEFANET, a network linking medical schools in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Editors of WikiLectures take care of promoting the authors, editorial process contributions, technical support, WikiLectures structure and ensure the safety of the project WikiLectures contain articles, notes, prepared exam topics, guides for practitioners, and study books WikiLectures are constantly growing The articles are written by medical students, faculty professionals and doctors The administration and security is provided by the editorial board Articles in WikiLectures are regularly checked by editors and experts in various branches of medicine Articles checked by teachers are always marked by a special sign



The Encyclopaedia of Medical Imaging was a wiki encyclopedia of medical imaging used in radiology and radiography Its online version is called Medcyclopaedia As of December 2012, the site no longer exists

The encyclopedia was the result of a collaboration of the Nycomed Amersham Intercontinental Continuing Education in Radiology Institute NICER Institute, Sweden, Department of Radiology, Lund University, Sweden, and Amersham Health, Oslo, Norway It was provided and copyrighted by the healthcare unit of General Electric corporation Retrieval of images other than thumbnails required registration

The website contained 3,600 pages


Type of site Wiki
Available in English
Owner Medpedia Inc, Ooga Labs
Revenue Lost money
Website Medpediacom
Alexa rank 2,211,327 April 2014
Commercial Yes
Registration Required
Launched 17 February 2009
Current status Closed January 2013

Medpedia was a collaborative project launched on 17 February 2009 Its aim was to create an open access medical wiki encyclopedia in association with Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, University of Michigan Medical School, the United Kingdom's National Health Service NHS as well as other contributors Content was licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC-BY-SA license and ran on modified MediaWiki software Harvard Medical School did not have a role in, nor was it responsible for, the content that appeared in the “wiki” section of Medpedia

Anyone with medical knowledge was welcome to become part of Medpedia's community However, to qualify to edit or contribute to the main content, approved editors needed an MD, DO, or PhD in a biomedical field Others could contribute by writing in suggestions for changes to the site using the "Make a suggestion" link at the top of each page An approved editor could review and potentially add submitted suggestions

Medpedia was composed of three primary components:

  1. A collaborative encyclopedia also referred to as the "knowledge base"
  2. A Network & Directory for health professionals and organizations
  3. Communities of Interest where medical professionals and non-professionals come together to discuss topics of interest

A 2012 literature review of 50 academic journal articles about the use of social media by clinicians remarked that Medpedia had "launched in 2009 with substantial institutional backing" but that the authors "did not find articles reporting success metrics" for it

Around January 2013 the site abruptly closed Medpedia’s founder James Currier acknowledged that this was permanent in a blog post in July 2013


Type of site Wiki
Available in English
Owner International Journal of Surgery
Commercial No
Launched September 2006
Current status November 2013: Not operating

WikiSurgery is a collaboratively-built online encyclopedia hosted by the International Journal of Surgery As of November 2013, the site's homepage is still up but none of the rest of the website is viewable

See also

  • Health information on Wikipedia
  • Health information on the Internet


  1. ^ "How Web 20 is Changing Medicine"
  2. ^ Keim, B Mar 2007 "WikiMedia" Nature Medicine 13 3: 231–3 doi:101038/nm0307-231 PMID 17342106 
  3. ^ A Wikipedia-style site for Medical Information
  4. ^ Wiki for Physicians Gains Foothold
  5. ^ Physician Wikis:Do-it-Yourself Textbooks
  6. ^ Ask Dr Wiki's recent changes page, accessed 2/8/2015, showing only 3 edits in 2014 and none since July 2014
  7. ^ "American Academy of Ophthalmology Launches EyeWiki" Press release American Academy of Ophthalmology July 7, 2010 Retrieved August 6, 2012 
  8. ^ "EyeWiki" eyewikiorg Retrieved 2016-08-19 
  9. ^ a b Ginn S August 2010 "Evidence based mental health and Web 20" Evid Based Ment Health 13 3: 69–72 doi:101136/ebmh13369 PMID 20682812 
  10. ^ Peter C Yang, Andrew Cowan, Jeremy Warner Usability evaluation of HemOncorg, a collaborative online hematology/oncology reference J Clin Oncol 31, 2013 suppl 31; abstr 244 2013 ASCO Quality Care Symposium abstract 244
  11. ^ Warner JL, Cowan AJ, Hall AC, Yang PC 2015 "HemOncorg: A Collaborative Online Knowledge Platform for Oncology Professionals" J Oncol Pract 11: e336–50 doi:101200/JOP2014001511 PMID 25736385 
  12. ^ Oncology Times: How Health IT is Changing the Practice of Oncology: HemOncorg —Sharing Oncology Information Easily, accessed 2/8/2015
  13. ^ Warner J, Yang P, Alterovitz G Automated synthesis and visualization of a chemotherapy treatment regimen network Stud Health Technol Inform 2013;192:62-6
  14. ^ "Radiopaediaorg, the wiki-based collaborative Radiology resource" 
  15. ^ "Radiopaedia: a wiki for radiology" ScienceRoll 
  16. ^ WikiDoc Editorial Board
  17. ^ Daniel S Mojon; Melissa L Rethlefsen; Rothman, David J 2008 Internet Cool Tools for Physicians Berlin: Springer p 114 ISBN 3-540-76381-3 
  18. ^ Acknowledgement and Attribution Regarding Sources of Content, WikiDoc
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Medical Wikis Dedicated to Clinical Practice: A Systematic Review" J Med Internet Res 17 2: e48 Feb 2015 doi:102196/jmir3574 PMC 4392552 PMID 25700482 
  21. ^ "WikEM" wwwwikemorg OpenEM Foundation April 29, 2014 Retrieved June 23, 2014 
  22. ^ a b Castro, Harvey April 2010 "Wikipedia and the iPhone" Emergency Medicine News Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc Retrieved June 23, 2014 
  23. ^ Lewis, Tom January 10, 2013 "WikEM app brings free emergency medicine notes to all" iMedicalApps iMedicalApps Retrieved June 23, 2014 
  24. ^ http://wwwmefaneteu/index-enphppg=wikilectures
  25. ^ http://wwwwikilectureseu/indexphp/Special:GlobalStats
  26. ^ The Encyclopaedia of Medical Imaging 8 vols, Lund, Sweden: NICER Institute/ISIS Medical Media, 2001 ISBN 82-91942-00-5 Hardcover
  27. ^ Book review: "The Encyclopaedia of Medical Imaging 8 vols", doi:101148/radiol2272032510
  28. ^ Medcyclopaedia - Medcyclopaedia 2007/08
  29. ^ "Medpediacom Site Info" Alexa Internet Retrieved 2014-04-01 
  30. ^ "Medpedia Launches Giant Wikipedia-Like Medical And Health Encyclopedia" medicalnewstodaycom 2008-07-23 Retrieved 2008-07-28 
  31. ^ Cross, Michael 2008-07-24 "NHS Choices will need to justify its £80m price tag" London: guardiancouk Retrieved 2008-07-28 
  32. ^ Moore, Matthew 2008-07-23 "Medpedia, the medical Wikipedia, allows patients to diagnose themselves" London: telegraphcouk Retrieved 2008-07-28 
  33. ^ Nye, Calley 2008-07-22 "MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space" washingtonpostcom Retrieved 2008-07-28 
  34. ^ von Muhlen, M, & Ohno-Machado, L 2012 Reviewing social media use by clinicians Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, 195, 777–81 doi:101136/amiajnl-2012-000990
  35. ^ "Medpedia, the Medical Wikipedia, is Dead And we Missed its Funeral… Laika's MedLibLog 12 July 2013" 

External links

  • Top Fifty 50 Medical Wikis You Might Want to Know HLWIKI International

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