Updating and creating notes on WikEM

Getting Started

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General Guidelines

  • Keep entries concise yet informative
    • Preference is for notes, not chapters (i.e. think Pepid, not UpToDate)
  • 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. Describe pathophysiology only when necessary for bedside treatment.
  • 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

    • See Create an Account
      • You must confirm your email address (check your email account) before the site will give you the ability to make changes.
  2. Search for the term in the search field in the upper right hand corner of the page
    • 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 (see Templates below)
  3. Please follow formatting guidelines below
  4. Put a category at the end of the entry

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:


  • ==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

Internal Links

  • [[NameOfLinkedToNote]]

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

To upload an image to WikEM

  • 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.

Boilerplate Templates


wikitext rendering comments
 + The correct answer.
 || Feedback for correct answer.
 - Distractor.
 || Feedback for distractor.
 - Distractor.
 || Feedback for distractor.
 - Distractor.
 || Feedback for distractor.


The correct answer.

  • Feedback is text which is initially hidden, and then shown to the user when they submit the quiz for correction. Feedback typically serves the purposes of encouragement, explanation, congratulation and commiseration.
  • Feedback is set with all types by using a double vertical line || immediately after a response.
  • The pipes beginning the feedback section must be on a new line.
  • Unlike some other quiz systems, all feedback items are displayed on correction. With other quiz systems, the norm is to display the feedback only for those items which were selected by the user.
  • To try out the feedback effect, choose a response and click the correction button. The feedback will then appear.

See Also


Ross Donaldson