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Q: I created an account but cannot login?

A: After you sign-up, your request is sent to an administrator who must approve your request in order to start contributing. Please wait at least 24 hours for this to occur.

Q: I cannot see the sidebar on the microchapter assigned to me?

A: The sidebar is created if you made a "template page" for your chapter and then inserted that template into your chapter's page. For example, if you are working on "Diabetes mellitus", you should click create a new page then fill in "Template:Diabetes mellitus". You have now created the template page or sidebar page for Diabetes mellitus. Next, go to "Template:Xyz", click edit source from the top right of the page, select all and copy the code for the template. Next, paste this template code to the page you just created for Diabetes mellitus. Please remember to change "XYZ" to "Diabetes Mellitus" in every command before saving. After you click save, you have created your template page or sidebar page for "Diabetes Mellitus". Lastly, you will go to Diabetes Mellitus and in each microchapter section e.g. Historical perspective, causes, risk factors etc etc. you will write underscoreNOTOCunderscore doublebracketsstartDiabetes Mellitusdoublebracketsclose at the top of the page in edit source. The underscoreNOTOCunderscore doublebracketsstartDiabetes Mellitusdoublebracketsclose will make the sidebar or template page you created to appear on the right-hand side of the respective page.

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Q: How do I upload an image to my chapter?

A: To upload an image, click "Upload a picture or File" located on the bottom of any page. This will take you through the steps necessary to upload a picture onto WikiDoc. Next, go to the page where you want the image, click edit source, bring cursor to the area where you want the image to appear and write this code: [[Image:Filename|400px|thumb|left|description of image and source]]

Q: How do I hyperlink a term?

A: In order to hyperlink a term, select the term that you want to hyperlink, then press Ctrl+K (alternatively, you can also click the 🔗 Hyperlink button located on visual edit). This will show you the pages that exist on WikiDoc corresponding to the term that you want to hyperlink.

Q: I cannot hyperlink a term?

A: If you cannot hyperlink a term, it may have two possible causes. The first one is that a page for that term does not exist on WikiDoc. The second reason, which is the more common of the two is that a page for the term exists but is named differently; for example, consider the following sentence: Hypertrophy of the left ventricle may lead to the following EKG changes... Note that a page for "left ventricular hypertrophy" exists but since you wrote "hypertrophy of the left ventricle", the platform is unable to detect your combination of terminologies. Therefore, if such a case occurs, try changing the terminology combination to match existing pages.

Q: I inserted an image on a page and after saving the page footer (References heading) is not formatted properly and appears next to the image. How to fix this?

A: Click edit source, bring the cursor to the line below the command for image. Write the following code <br style="clear:left">

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Q: How do I generate a reference from DOI?

A: Click "Editors Help Menu" located on the bottom of any page. Scroll down to "How to Edit A Page" and click "References". Scroll down to and click "DOI Wikipedia reference generator". Paste the DOI address and click load.

Q: How do I generate a reference from a URL?

A: Click "Editors Help Menu" located on the bottom of any page. Scroll down to "How to Edit A Page" and click "References". Scroll down to and click "Wikipedia template filling". Paste the URL and click the drop down menu where it says "PubMed ID". Select URL from the drop down menu. Check "Add ref tag" and click submit. This will generate a reference code which you can use.

Q: How do I create redirects for my chapter?

A: Creating a redirect: For example, to create a redirect so that someone searching for the synonym Alport syndrome would be directed to the hereditary nephritis page, type Alport syndrome into the main search box on Wikidoc. If the page has not been created, it will say "There were no results matching this query". Click where it says "create the page Alport syndrome on this Wiki!", which will take you directly to the edit box. Type in the edit box #redirectHereditary nephritis Click the save button at the bottom of the edit box.

Q: Why can't I see the right side table of divisions/microchapters on my page?
A: Open the page in question, click on "edit source" and make sure the command box starts with "__NOTOC__" followed by "page title" enclosed in curvy brackets in the second line. This command translates into the table of divisions/microchapters for the page in question.

Q: How do I report epidemiology in the "Epidemiology and Demographics" section?

A: The epidemiology has to be reported as per 100,000 individuals according to the template for WikiDoc. For example, if the prevalence of a disease is 1.2 percent, it means every 1.2 individuals per 100 population. This must be converted to rate per 100,000 population. Therefore, 1.2 per 100 will be reported as 0.0012 per 100,000 individuals.

Q: How do I write the "Patient information" section?

A: The patient information section should be written at an "eighth grade level" which means that if an eighth grader is reading through, he or she should be able to understand what is being said. Use of medical jargon and complex medical terms should be avoided. You can use the CDC website to find information for the patient information section for most diseases.

Q: What do I write under the "Diagnostic Study of Choice" section?

A: The "Diagnostic Study of Choice" section must include the gold standard test used for that particular diseases. Please note, some diseases may have clinical criteria as the gold standard test for diagnosis, therefore, this section may include these criteria.

Q: Do I insert references in the middle of a sentence or at the end?

A: References should be inserted at the end of a sentence after closing it with a full stop.

Q: Does the overview section include references?

A: No, the overview section should not contain any references. References must be listed in the explanatory content.

Q: How do I create/develop "Differential Diagnoses" section?

A: The "Differential Diagnosis" section must include all the differentials of the disease based on its clinical presentation.

Q: What is the "Resident Survival Guide" and how do I approach it?

A: Some disease conditions have "Resident Survival Guides" as a part of the microchapter. These disease states are commonly encountered medical emergencies seen in clinical practice and demand a guideline-derived approach to their management. The "Resident Survival Guide" entails disease management algorithms from clinical/laboratory recognition of such disease states and methodological management approach based on standard of care. All Resident Survival Guides must be generated using published management guidelines.

Q: How do I create an animated GIF for images?

A: An animated GIF image may be required to identify/mark an abnormal finding seen on a radiograph or histopathological image. In order to make this GIF, download and save the image to your computer. Next, open the image using "Paint" program in your computer. Use the "circle tool" to mark the abnormal finding in the image. Now you have two copies of the same image, one unmarked and the other marked. Next, go to and upload both these images to the website. Set the animation speed at 2400 milliseconds. Download the animated GIF and upload it to your chapter on WikiDoc the same way you would upload an image.

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Q: What do I do when there are no published primary/secondary prevention methods for the disease?

A: If there are no published primary/secondary prevention methods for the disease, do not leave the section blank. Use the template statement "There are no established measures of prevention for [disease name]."

Q: Where do I find template statements for my chapter?

A: Template statements can be found here.