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Med Teach. 2018 Apr 22:1-3. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1460463. [Epub ahead of print]

The reCAPTCHA of medical education.

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a Department of Medicine , Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center , Baltimore , MD , USA.
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b Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Osmosis , Baltimore , MD , USA.
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c Department of Emergency Medicine , University of British Columbia , Vancouver , Canada.
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d Department of Psychiatry , University of California, School of Medicine , San Francisco , CA , USA.

Abstract

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.

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