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Help:Creating a Community

From Mediwikis

Mediwikis is a place where medical students can collaborate and share notes with students at their university, alongside students at universities across the UK.


While a wiki is inherently a flat hierarchy, and anyone can contribute on any topic they're confident on, it can be useful to have defined responsibilities when setting up a community with Mediwikis. These are only ideas, and communities can be ran without a formal committee structure such as this one!

Student Ambassador

Ambassadors are the lifeblood of the Mediwikis community. They match the thousands of pages written to their universities course structure, and help promote the resources amongst other students

Specialist Topic Lead

Students that particularly enjoy specific topics or specialisms might choose to write more pages within that area, for example clinical skills. It can be really rewarding to write within a specific niche, as it's possible to develop a very specific writing style for the given subject matter!


Helps to raise awareness of the community as a learning resource, and encourages other students to add their own content.

Enrolling a university

There are several steps to building a thriving editing community at your university. Each of these are just guidelines based upon experience at other universities, and can be moulded to what your university needs!

1. Initial Contact

A university will be invited into the Mediwikis network by one of the administrators. During an initial conversation, they'll discuss some information about Mediwikis, and get to know the student ambassador and their course!

2. Enrol the university

Use the Form:University to enrol your university in 3 steps (it takes seconds!). This creates the basic page for your university, including all of the layout.

3. Add structure for your group

Click any of the stage links to start adding the information for your year group. Courses are organised as follows:

  • Each stage has many modules
    • Each module has a number of (sometimes overlapping) topics.

This form "autocompletes" based upon existing pages, and it's up to you to choose whether these are appropriate for your module. If the topic doesn't already exist, adding it will create a "red link" for anyone to add that page, as well as a central request for the page to be written. For some inspiration, see Durham: Stage 1.

4. Get other people on board

It's great to get friends involved first who can help add any missing pieces in your year group. Following this, it's time to get other year groups on board, and aiming specifically to get contributors! Ideas for promotion:

  • Social media posts asking for contributors in year groups.
  • Inviting society members to participate.
  • Posting in course forums.

Your goal should be to get each of the stages to have the best level of content that would be taught in that stage!

5. Release to the students

At this point, the community is ready, a large amount of the content is there. It might not be finished, but that leaves a great starting point for others to get involved! Now it's time to shout about it from the rooftops. Use the File:Promotions Pack.zip to create posters, leaflets, and slides for lecture shout outs!