WikEM elective and asynchronous learning
This page outlines the use of WikEM as a reading elective and/or asynchronous learning platform for medical residency programs. The project is organized by OpenEM Foundation and the "WikEM Elective" is officially endorsed by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident Student Association. Residency programs across the globe are encouraged to participate.
Many emergency medicine and other medical specialty residency programs offer "reading electives" for several weeks of their curriculum and/or have asynchronous learning activities (aka “individualized interactive instruction”). The U.S. Emergency Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC) allows residents to use asynchronous learning for up to 20% of educational time.
However, these activities can be difficult to monitor, leading to numerous problems in documentation and performance. The WikEM Elective and its asynchronous learning platform allows residency programs to better supervise residents as they study topics of their own choosing.
Additionally, all contributions are then in the open domain as part of the open access movement, thus benefiting medical practitioners around the globe, as well as being immediately available to the contributor, their fellow residents, and their residency program via the WikEM website and its native mobile applications.
- WikEM serves as a point of care source of medical information for practitioners around the world and resident contributions are read by tens of thousands of people!
- By editing and writing content, residents engage in active learning and synthesize the medical literature into "need to know" bedside pearls and treatment information.
- By referencing work, residents will stay current with evidence based medicine.
- Residents can become a WikEM editor through our open and transparent promotion process.
- Thanks for wanting to help out on WikEM! People are the core of the wiki. Your knowledge translates into improved bedside practice for everyone.
To get started
- Download our mobile app (if you haven't already done so)
- Create an Account on the website
- Read our editing guidelines
- Start editing!
If you are looking for ways to contribute
- See Helping out on WikEM for ideas on how to help
- Follow what everyone else is doing on WikEM at Recent Changes
- Join our WikEM slack channel at https://openemfoundation.slack.com by emailing email@example.com
- Consider donating to help our WikEM support free software and educational resources
- Track your progress and become a WikEM Editor via our open and transparent promotion process
Tracking the Contribution Score
- For asynchronous learning documentation, each 0.5 contributions points = 1 hour
- Residents are responsible for achieving a contribution score of 20 for every one week of WikEM Elective
- Progress is easily tracked at on the Contribution Score page
- WiKEM software tracks all edits residents make and can serve as proof of activity during the WikEM elective.
- For a history off all edits, go to to: http://www.wikem.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/YOUR-USER-NAME
- For example, for username = Ostermayer: http://www.wikem.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Ostermayer
- You may want to print out this page for your residency program director
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need an official certificate for a residency elective.
Goals and Objectives
WikEM elective goals and objectives
- A wide variety of suggested objectives are listed with corresponding milestones to help fit the needs of individual learning plans and asynchronous learning needs. Those seeking to create individualized goals and objectives for elective documentation purposes can select relevant sections to build a personalized elective proposal for their residency leadership and/or Graduate Medical Education office to review.
- At the completion of the elective, the resident should be able to:
|Sample Objectives||Associated milestones|
|Organize and construct clinical features for selected disease processes, syndromes, or chief complaints.
Integrate classification criteria into new or existing clinical feature sections.
|Performance of Focused History and Physical Exam (PC2) Abstracts current findings in a patient with multiple chronic medical problems and, when appropriate, compares with a prior medical record and identifies significant differences between the current presentation and past presentations
|Critique existing literature regarding diagnostic testing for applications and limitations. Construct or modify sections to assist users with result interpretation.||Diagnostic Studies (PC3) Applies the results of diagnostic testing based on the probability of disease and the likelihood of test results altering management.
|Build, design, or update differential diagnoses sections for specific chief complaints, syndromes, or disease processes.
Categorize differentials via severity, organ systems, or other classifications to assist users with prioritization and management.
|Diagnosis (PC4) Based on all of the available data, narrows and prioritizes the list of weighted differential diagnoses to determine appropriate management
|Formulate treatment recommendations from existing literature in a concise format organized via severity, target organ systems, or disposition.||Pharmacotherapy (PC5) Selects and prescribes, appropriate pharmaceutical agents based upon relevant considerations such as mechanism of action, intended effect, financial considerations, possible adverse effects, patient preferences, allergies, potential drug-food and drug-drug interactions, institutional policies, and clinical guidelines; and effectively combines agents and monitors and intervenes in the advent of adverse effects in the ED.
|Judge current recommended management and disposition plans then update articles to reflect new evidence. Justify updates by synthesizing relevant medical literature into concise recommendations.||Disposition (PC7) Establishes and implements a comprehensive disposition plan that uses appropriate consultation resources; patient education regarding diagnosis; treatment plan; medications; and time and location specific disposition instructions|
|Construct or edit procedural guides to assist point of care users via clear illustrations and instructions. Link relevant work up, complications, and external articles.||General Approach to Procedures (PC9) Performs the indicated procedure on all appropriate patients (including those who are uncooperative, at the extremes of age, hemodynamically unstable and those who have multiple co-morbidities, poorly defined anatomy, high risk for pain or procedural complications, sedation requirement), takes steps to avoid potential complications, and recognizes the outcome and/or complications resulting from the procedure.
|Critique new bedside ultrasound applications in the literature and create articles to assist in acquisition and interpretation of images.||Other Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures: Goal-directed Focused Ultrasound (Diagnostic/Procedural) (PC12) Uses goal-directed focused Ultrasound for the bedside diagnostic evaluation of emergency medical conditions and diagnoses, resuscitation of the acutely ill or injured patient, and procedural guidance.|
|Implement an independent reading plan that reviews existing literature to build a portfolio of evidence based articles.||Medical Knowledge (MK) Demonstrates appropriate medical knowledge in the care of emergency medicine patients.|
|Use an open access contribution system to assist providers via a point of care resource.||Technology (SBP3) Uses technology to accomplish and document safe healthcare delivery.|
- Contact email@example.com if you have questions.
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