Osmosis Wikipedia Course Summer 2019


At Osmosis, we pride ourselves in partnering with innovators in medical education.  Our Director of Open Learning Initiatives is one of those innovators.  Amin Azzam, MD, MA is an Adjunct Professor at UCSF School of Medicine.  Beginning in 2013, Dr. Azzam created the world’s first elective course for medical students to receive academic credit for improving health-related information on Wikipedia.  Between 2013 – 2017, a total of 117 UCSF medical students completed the course before other schools began emulating his groundbreaking work.  In 2017, an additional 117 medical students across 4 US medical schools made 3,150 edits to 73 English Wikipedia health-related pages, adding 128,200 words and 18 images to pages viewed 2,824,300 times.  More broadly, by the start of 2018, Wikipedia-editing assignments were integrated into formal educational settings in 10 health professional schools, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, and public health, located in the United States, Israel, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.  

We are excited to accelerate the pace of this movement by inviting Osmosis-affiliated medical students to participate in a summer course with Dr. Azzam.  

Read this New York Times article to learn more about Dr. Azzam's work!

Watch an Osmosis Video on Open Education and Wikipedia Editing.

Dates and Eligibility

The course will run July 8, 2019 - August 2, 2019, and will include remote video-conferencing capacity for all course elements. 

To be eligible for this first opportunity, you must be a currently enrolled medical student in medical school.  We hope to offer a second course to a larger pool of Osmosis-affiliated students in future academic years.


The 2-part application for the Summer 2019 Osmosis Wikipedia-editing course is as follows:

  • Complete part 1 here by Friday 5/17 @ 11:59pm PT
  • Complete part 2 (link will be forwarded to those who complete part 1) by Friday 5/31 @ 11:59pm PT


Graduates of Dr. Azzam’s course consistently describe it as a transformative experience that broadened their perception of the role of physicians in today’s digitally interconnected world.  Most students also tout it on their residency application trails as a differentiating factor that increases their desirability for competitive residency slots.

Thanks for helping achieve Osmosis’s core mission: Everyone who cares for someone will learn by Osmosis.

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