MedpediaMEDPEDIA, launched February 17, 2009,  is a collaborative online medical “plain English” encyclopedia with a twist — unlike many other wiki-type encyclopedias, only “physicians and PhDs” will be able to directly edit content (after having created an account and been approved as an editor). Those who do not qualify to become an editor can click the “suggest changes” tab in any article, register for an account, and suggest a change in the content of the entry — that suggestion must be approved by an editor before it will be posted.

According to the website, “the Medpedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public.” The goal is for the site to be a searchable reference source for medical professionals and the general public.

While not responsible for the content on MEDPEDIA, collaborative partners in the project include Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

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