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USMLE Wiki Project Update

June 22, 2008

It's been 4 weeks since the USMLE Wiki project started. I am glad to announce that we have finished 7 out of 10 sections of General Pathology. We are currently working on 3 sections of 18 in Systems Pathology. We are expecting to finish Pathology by the last week of July or so. I have also added some high yield images especially in the first 3 sections of General Pathology. More images will be added as we acquire them.

Please note that although the coverage is on pathology, I have taken pains to include relevant sections in biochemistry, immunology, histology, molecular biology, genetics and physiology into the respective sections. You will encounter full discussions on those topics so long as they are relevant to the understanding of pathology and pathophysiology.

Mike "Askdoc"

"USMLE Wiki Opens Its Doors to the Public"

May 25, 2008

I would like to welcome everyone to the USMLE Wiki. I would advise everybody to visit the Current Events section for announcements about the USMLE Wiki project. As of the moment the USMLE Wiki project is still in its early stages and by my estimates we can finish USMLE Step 1 in 6 to 9 months and USMLE Step 2 CK in another 6 to 9 months depending on how much time I can devote to writing it. Of course, it could be faster the more volunteers we have to finish the Wiki. Whether USMLE Step 2 CS and Step 3 will be implemented this year will depend on how many volunteer writers we will eventually have.

I will initially be devoting my time to writing the Pathology section and expect to finish it in 45 to 60 days. Since Pathology is 40% of Step 1, concentrating here will be most productive. If anyone would like to help, I would suggest that you sign up, learn Wiki syntax and start editing the other sections of the Wiki (eg. Anatomy, Microbio, etc.) It would be faster this way, as we could get more things done rather than arguing over whose version is better. There are editorial rules that every Wiki writer should follow and it would be strictly enforced by me. Failure to do so will mean suspension or even banning from accessing the Wiki.

The outline for USMLE Step 2 CK will be finished in about 2 to 3 weeks and people wishing to edit those parts can sign up at that time. Wait for the announcement. Please be aware that I cannot handhold anyone wishing to help write the Wiki as I would be devoting most of my time writing the Wiki. So any aspiring writer will have to learn Wiki Syntax on their own. A support forum is being planned but will only be implemented probably after 60 days, when I have finished the Pathology Section. The support forum will initially be for Wiki authors only but eventually will also be available for Wiki users.

As of the moment, you don't need to have passed the Steps or even taken them to help write it, although that would be preferred, however, that policy may change depending on our experience.

Thank you and Welcome!!

Mike "Askdoc"

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