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General Guidelines

  • Keep entries concise yet informative, try to avoid a narrative
  • Remember that the most common user format is the smart phone (view it on your phone to see the final format)
  • Focus on practical knowledge.
  • Reference other notes whenever possible
  • Put your source(s) in a "Sources" section or use the Footnote Referencing function
  • Feel free to divide notes into several notes, or combine them if it makes them more useful

Creating a New Note

  1. You must first login
  2. Search for a term or click on the needed pages on the sidebar.
    • If you find a note with a similar theme, please edit it instead with your new content (see below) rather than making a duplicate page
    • If you do not find a note on your subject, click on the link: "Create the page on this wiki!"
      • Use the Boilerplate Template function for your type of note to standardize the pages as much as possible. (see Templates below)
  3. Please follow formatting guidelines below
  4. Put a category at the end of the entry
    • In general, please avoid creating a new category if a similar one already exists. (i.e. don't create the category neuropathy if the category neuropathies already exists).

Editing Notes

  1. First search (upper right hand corner; login first) for the note that you want to edit
  2. Once on the relevant page, click on the Edit button in the top right-hand corner to edit the page
    • If you do not see the edit button, you are probably not logged in! (login to see it)

Basic Formatting

  • Please read the wikipedia tutorial:
  • Note that editing and properly formatting a wiki page can be intimidating at first. Once you have a grasp of the basics, it will start to make sense.
  • There are only roughly a dozen or so "coding" details you need to learn


  • ==Heading 1==
  • ===Heading 2===
  • ====Heading 3====

Bullet points (Preferred)

  • *Level 1
    • **Level 2
      • ***Level 3
        • ****Level 4

Outline numbers (Less preferred than bullet points; see above)

  1. #Level 1
    1. ##Level 2
      1. ###Level 3
        1. ####Level 4


  • [[Category:NameOfCategory']]
  • See list of categories
  • Avoid creating new categories when possible, feel free to email us if you have questions

Internal Links

  • [[NameOfLinkedToNote]]
  • If you want to give it a different name, use the following format
    • [[NameOfLinkedToNote| UseThisNameInstead]]

External Links

  • Standard: http://mediawiki.org
  • External link with different label: [http://mediawiki.org MediaWiki]


Footnote Referencing

  • Add the tags <ref>and </ref>on either side of the journal citation
  • Place the tag <references/> at the bottom of the article in the Sources Section for auto-generated footnotes
  • References follow a 1 author AMA style: Spencer J. et al. Physician, heal thyself – but not on your own please. Med Educ. 2005; 89: 548-549.
  • References should utilize primary literature whenever possible.
  • Secondary and Tertiary (textbook) sources are permitted however they must be clearly referenced and follow the AMA style guide.

Multiple Footnotes of Same Source

To give a footnote a unique identifier, use <ref name="name">. You can then refer to the same footnote again by using a ref tag with the same name. The text inside the second tag does not matter, because the text already exists in the first reference. You can either copy the whole footnote, or you can use a terminated empty ref tag that looks like this: <ref name="name" />. The quotes are not required (but still correct) if the name contains no embedded spaces. The space before the closing "/" may be omitted.


Finding Images

  • You can use most images from Wikipedia
  • Images you know not to be copyrighted are ok, for example ones you have created yourself (i.e. an illustrated pateller tendon)
  • If you use imaging modality (xray, CT, US, MRI, etc), please make sure there are no patient identifiers
  • Search the web with OPENi-An Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine

To upload an image to WikiSM

  • Log-in
  • Click on the link Special:Upload which appears under 'Toolbox' in the links on the left
    • Please cite the source of the image in the "Summary" section. (source webpage or article if from OPENi-An, website e.g. Wikimedia Commons, etc)
    • If not from commonly used source (OPENi-An, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons), please also note the image license, if known (should be Creative Commons or similar)

To inset an image into a page

  • Within the relevant file insert the following:
    • Our standard [[File:Image-file-name.jpg|thumb|Writing that you want on the bottom of the photo]]


  • To see a list of uploaded images by WikEM users see Special:ListFiles
  • To direct link to the file without displaying the file use: [['''Media:File.ogg''']]



To make a redirect from some search term (e.g. Zofran) to a note (e.g. Ondansteron)

  • Create a new page for "Zofran" (see above on how to create a new page)
    • In the new page type the redirect code (and only the redirect code): #REDIRECT[[DestinationPageName]]
      • Example: #REDIRECT[[Ondansteron]]

Templates in Text (Transposition)

  • Used to have the same text on multiple pages
    • Used frequently in the Differential Diagnosis sections and then placed on the respective pages
  • To make a template, place {{ symbol around it in the text
    • Example: {{Template page name}}
  • To search for template, use "Template:" before the template page name in the search bar (e.g. "Template:Template page name")
  • There is a known issue with the template not immediately appearing on edited pages due to catching. Please give it a couple of minutes and it will eventually appear or just make another edit on the page.

Boilerplate Templates

  • Please use the boilerplate template linked below to standardize the pages as much as possible
  • Currently, you must copy and paste the template into a new page
  • Contributors are encouraged to update old pages to the current templates, when applicable
  • Current templates are:

See Also



Created by:
John Kiel on 12 June 2019 02:22:48
Last edited:
10 July 2019 14:14:16