Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Collaboration of the Month

Aim: to substantially improve a medicine article each month through cooperative editing. This collaboration is part of the WikiProject Medicine project.

Every month we will select a topic from this page to focus our efforts on. Topics may relate to medical basic sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, and so on), or clinical medicine (illnesses, surgical procedures, and so on). The project aims to improve medicine articles, and to give medicine editors an opportunity to collaborate.

Anyone can nominate and vote on articles. You don't have to be involved in the field of medicine to participate. Every opinion is valued, both for article suggestions and to help ensure that articles are not too technical. New articles will be selected at the end of each month.

How to make a nominationEdit

Anyone is free to nominate an article/topic at any time. Nominations may be made at any time using the following steps:

  1. Check past successful and expired nominations to make sure your topic hasn't been recently nominated.
  2. Edit the list of nominations and paste the following text at the bottom: {{subst:MCOTWnew|article name|your reason for nominating|~~~~}}.
  3. To get the attention of any talk page watchers, you can add |MCOTW=nom to the {{WPMED}} template on the article's talk page ex: {{WPMED|class=|importance=|MCOW=nom}}



The slow and sad breakdown of the liver. This article wins the award for most bullet points I've ever seen. It's an interesting and much-written-about topic. It's also quite viewed by our readers, with 3648 views/day across 2019. Ajpolino (talk) 01:43, 20 November 2020 (UTC)


  1. Spyder212 (talk) 00:57, 23 November 2020 (UTC)
  2. WS (talk) 19:59, 23 November 2020 (UTC)


  • Just a note, per WT:MED, students will be working on Cirrhosis in December. So we'll hold off on running it as a Collaboration of the Month until at least January to give the students some space. That said, feel free to keep an eye on the page to guide and encourage the student editors. Lord knows we could use some new hands around here. Ajpolino (talk) 23:15, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Immune systemEdit

This is a vital Featured article that receives 5,500 average daily views, and has been proposed to run on the mainpage at TFA as the COVID vaccine is launched. The article has good bones, and I think we could tune it up in time to provide the benefit to our readers as the vaccine is launched, and it would be a good showcase for WPMED's work. Please see my plea at article talk.[1] SandyGeorgia (Talk) 17:06, 20 November 2020 (UTC)


  1. Ajpolino (talk) 17:22, 20 November 2020 (UTC)
  2. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 23:27, 25 November 2020 (UTC)


  • Perhaps (??) we have made enough progress on this article that we can move on to a different article for the MCOTM (if other editors will look in here and make sure it's tuned up enough for the mainpage). SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:24, 27 November 2020 (UTC)
    • Super! With that in mind, we'll move on to something else for December. Updating now. Ajpolino (talk) 00:38, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

Venous thrombosisEdit

Super common condition with multiple etiologies, including some brought about by this pandemic, yet the article would need a good update to properly reflect all this! Spyder212 (talk) 01:36, 23 November 2020 (UTC)




Anyone can vote for as many candidates as they would like. You don't need any special knowledge of medicine to vote. Simply edit the Support section and sign your account name. Supporting an article will be taken as a sign of your interest in helping improve the article (at least in some small way) if it is selected, but it doesn't represent a binding commitment.

This project uses approval voting, so all that matters is the number of "Supports" a topic gets. If you believe a topic is a poor choice for this project, mention your objections in the "Comments" section. At the end of each month, the article with the most votes is normally selected as the new collaboration. In the case of a tie, the article nominated first is normally selected.

To remain in consideration, articles should have at least one new vote per month. If an article fails to achieve this, it may be archived. It can be renominated after at least three months. You can see the archive of successful nominations.


List of active participants (who may occasionally receive a talk post or ping to discuss project issues):

  1. Doc James
  2. Peter Coti
  3. LT910001
  4. JFW | T@lk
  5. BakerStMD T|C
  6. Matthew Ferguson (talk)
  7. --Ozzie10aaaa (talk)
  8. -- CFCF 🍌 (email)
  9. TylerDurden8823
  10. Tirab (talk) 08:49, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
  11. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 13:53, 29 October 2020 (UTC)
  12. Graham Beards (talk)
  13. Spyder212 (talk) 00:58, 23 November 2020 (UTC)


  • {{subst:MCOTMnew}} - to nominate an article on this page.
  • {{WPMED}} has parameter |MCOTM= to support this project. |MCOTM=nom for nominees, |MCOTM=cur for the current collaboration topic, |MCOTM=prev for previous collaborations of the month.
  • {{CurrentMCOTM}} - the announcement banner at the top of this page. Feel free to leave it somewhere visible to remind you (and others) to keep up with each month's target. Substitute the template ({{subst:CurrentMCOTM}}) for a version where the current collaboration is fixed (e.g. to post on another editor's talk page).
  • {{user-MCOTM}} - a userbox advertising the current collaboration of the month.
  • {{subst:MCOTMthanks}} - a thank you template that includes the current article.
Project maintenance
  • {{Collab-medicine}} contains the name of the current collaboration. Other templates use this to update.