The reCAPTCHA of medical education

Sean Tackett, Shiv Gaglani, James Heilman, Amin Azzam

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This article focuses on what Luis von Ahn called the “twofer,” that is, a single solution that elegantly addresses two problems on a large scale. We describe two of von Ahn’s creations: reCAPTCHA, which validates a human web presence while also digitizing hard-to-read words, and Duolingo, which teaches new languages while translating the web. We then consider how this approach can be applied to medical education. Embedding Wikipedia-editing into educational settings is one such solution that could both improve the quality of health information available to the public while enhancing the learning of future health professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Teacher
StateAccepted/In press - Apr 18 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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