QMedCONNECT: Highlights

January 2023

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What do we have for you this month?
  • Two blog posts from our founder
  • Four useful articles
  • Two new resources: Open Access Button & ShareYourPaper
The QMed Team

From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts

This month Vasumathi Sriganesh shares her thoughts on how majority in the health sciences profession are getting away with poor literature searching skills. This is a matter of great concern for medical research. She also mentions how QMed is now tackling this right from addressing students at the Foundation Course!
How are people getting away with no/poor literature searching skills?
"Students these days are very savvy - they find articles in no time. They just google it"... This is what I hear most often when I say that I teach Structured Literature Searching. And for the 1000th time I think with a sigh "No wonder students and their teachers get away with nil or poor searching skills. We are dealing …

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Our lectures in the MBBS Foundation Courses
In November 2022, AIIMS - Kalyani invited me to deliver a lecture at their Foundation Course for I MBBS students. I was delighted. For QMed, while MBBS students were always a priority, it is becoming more so since the recent years. We are very sure that what we teach must be taught in the UG stage. PG students, Residents and …

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From our Social Media Posts - "Do You Know?"

Open Access Button: Do You Know: Need a full text which is behind a paywall? Go to https://openaccessbutton.org/ and enter the doi or the PMID of the article you need. The site immediately searches and gets you the full text if available online - yes - a legal version. Or else it will generate a request to the author. You need to provide an email id to which you want the article to be delivered. Easy isn't it? You can also create a browser extension and in future when you come across any interesting article you could use the extension button to make a request

ShareYourPaper: Published a paper in a journal which is not free / open access? Typically you cannot store a pdf of the same in your website or platforms like ResearchGate. But there is still a legal way. Visit Share Your Paper and share the DOI of the paper. The site figures out if you can share a prepublished version and offers you a method by which you can store this version and share the url in public forums! Their claim - "Make your research visible and see 30% more citations"! That sounds attractive! Visit the site: https://shareyourpaper.org/ Credits to Vibhor Agarwal - UG student of KGMU Lucknow for bringing this resource to our attention

From our Social Media Posts - "Useful Articles"

  1. Singh S. From the Desk of the Editor … Why does it take so long to publish your research? J Conserv Dent. 2021;24(6):529. doi: 10.4103/jcd.jcd_92_22. PMID
  2. Rathod V, Agrawal T, Sahu D. Will webinars prove to be an effective teaching medium post-pandemic? Postgrad Med J. 2022;98(e3):e142-e143. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2021-140223. PMID
  3. Lemmens T, Srinivasan S. Authorship controversies in academic publication: implications for science and the research environment. Indian J Med Ethics. 2022;VII(3):179-183. doi: 10.20529/IJME.2022.051. PMID
  4. Mumtaz S, Sabir S. Evaluating Critical Appraisal Skills by Introducing Journal Clubs to Preclinical Dental Students Using the Assessing Competency in Evidence-Based Medicine (ACE) Tool Through Pre and Post-testing. Cureus. 2022;14:e31535. doi: 10.7759/cureus.31535. PMID

Lectures, Webinars & Workshops this month

  • 10th Jan – Research Literature searching & review - Structured PubMed Searching for Apollo Tele Health Services, Hyderabad
  • 19th Jan - ​Literature search & citation in Vancouver format for coGuide, Bangalore

QMedCourses News

January 2023: Badges Awarded to those who scored 100% and for giving us suggestions that have helped us improve the courses / offerings

Bellala Venkata Madhavi, Chaitanya Gujjarlapudi, Pavani Chowdari, Niveditha Vasireddy & Krishna Yerraguntla, GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research; Jesu Balan, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences; Surajit Moni, RMRC Bhubaneswar; Bibenthung S Odyuo, AIIMS Guwahati & Harshita Makhija, Lady Hardinge Medical College
Course: Introduction to Referencing
Dr. Rajani Gurung, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences
Course: Reference Management with Mendeley

Testimonials for QMedCourses

Course: Information Resources & Literature Searching
I learned few new things like type of resources, how to use Mesh terms properly and also learned about how to find our search term in Mesh database. As videos are of short duration, it can be seen in multiple settings at our own convenient time. Dr Hanifa Akhtar, Dept of ENT, AIIMS Guwahati
Course : Introduction to Referencing
I found this course useful because it has helped me in understanding about the need and use of referencing and reference managers. I had once difficulty in opening the videos and wrote an email regarding the issues. I not only received a prompt reply but also a call from Vasumathi Madam and the issue was resolved quickly. The course comprises of short videos with summaries. It is helpful for the audience. I feel the course is brilliant. Dr Tarali Pathak, Senior Resident, Dep Pathology, AIIMS Guwahati
Course : Mastering PubMed
I was unaware of the easy methods to search, save and email journals from PubMed. I am going to use this knowledge taught in this course to the best now on. This course was simple, easy to understand and very helpful. Dr. Rajani Gurung, Dep of ENT, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences
Course : Reference Management with Mendeley
This course promotes my research skills. In the present research era this type of courses are need for researchers/medical professionals/ library managers. This is very helpful to all researchers. Open source software like Mendeley made easy for our research through this course. Bandaru Mohan, Librarian, GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research

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