QMedCONNECT: Highlights

May 2022

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What do we have for you this month?
  • Two blog posts from our founder
  • Literature links on World Asthma Day, World Red Cross Day, World Thalassaemia Day, International CFS/ME Awareness Day AND International Nurses Day, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, International Day of Action for Women's Health & Anti-tobacco Day/ World No Tobacco Day
  • Some useful articles
  • Useful resources: SRDR+
The QMed Team

From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts

Vasumathi Sriganesh, in her blog posts this month shares about errors in online searching and referencing that we often encounter. She stresses that such basic errors should not be happening and that all students and professionals need to learn the basics right
Online Searching: Truncation & Filter Errors
Can you believe that many people use truncation and filters wrongly while doing online searching? You may not. But it is happening all the time! From January 2022, QMed has been hosting mini webinars every Tuesday and Friday, with two objectives: Promoting awareness of our work and our e-learning courses Motivating those who have enrolled in our courses to finish …Read more
A doctor did not know how to cite and reference for an article he had written. Such a lacuna in training is scary
An interesting experience: A few months back I got a request from a doctor who had studied in India. He is now working in another country. He had written an article and this was the first time he had attempted to write for a journal. He asked if I would read it and tell him about any improvements needed. I …Read more
International Days
The month of May had seven observances. We searched PubMed for articles of interest in each of these areas. We have provided links to searches that we did on each topic. The search results retrieve reviews and systematic reviews that are available free.

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

SRDR+ or the “Systematic Review Data Repository Plus” is a Web-based repository of systematic review data. It serves as both an archive and data extraction tool. SRDR+ has been developed by researchers from the Brown University, with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) The SRDR+ is open access for all. You can search the database of systematic review projects either for ongoing projects or for citations of published protocols/reviews. The “Help” menu takes us to a User guide and also has other links to specific needs. Blog posts tell us more about the progress of the project. To know more visit: https://srdrplus.ahrq.gov/

From our Social Media Posts - Useful Articles

Useful articles that came to our notice:
1. Bavdekar SB. Authorship issues. Lung India. 2012 Jan;29(1):76-80. doi: 10.4103/0970-2113.92371. PMID
2. Tullu MS. Writing the title and abstract for a research paper: Being concise, precise, and meticulous is the key. Saudi J Anaesth. 2019 Apr;13(Suppl 1):S12-S17. doi: 10.4103/sja.SJA_685_18. PMID
3. Tullu MS, Karande S. Writing a model research paper: A roadmap. J Postgrad Med. 2017 Jul-Sep;63(3):143-146. doi: 10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_325_17. PMID
4. Tullu MS, Karande S. Success in Publishing: Selecting an Appropriate Journal and Braving the Peer-review Process. J Postgrad Med. 2018 Jan-Mar;64(1):1-4. doi: 10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_618_17. PMID

Lectures & Webinars this month

Lectures / Webinars at MUHS Research Methodology workshops
10th May – Literature Search - Seth GSMC / KEM (Lecture)
11th May – Literature Search – P D Hinduja College of Nursing (Webinar)

Mini-Webinars this month:
  • 03-May-22: Course I – Know Your Information Resources
  • 06-May-22: Course I – Literature Searching
  • 10-May-22: Course III – Focusing search results using MeSH
  • 13-May-22: Course III – Narrow down search results
  • 17-May-22: Course III – Saving your searches
  • 20-May-22: Course II – About References & Referencing
  • 24-May-22: Course IV – Populating Mendeley
  • 27-May-22: Course IV – Managing Duplicates and Adding Citations and Bibliography in an article

QMedCourses News

May 2022: Badges Awarded to those who scored 100% and for giving us suggestions that have helped us improve the courses / offerings

Arijit Guha, MD-Medical Affairs, Delhi; Jahnvi M Chopda, UG Student, Government medical College Bhavnagar (Supported by Foundation For Excellence)
Course: Information Resources and Literature Searching
Md Shaney Ali, Ravenshaw University; Jahnvi M Chopda, UG Student, Government medical College Bhavnagar (Supported by Foundation For Excellence)
Course: Introduction to Referencing
We also award badges to those who score 90% and above and for those who give useful suggestions that have helped us make a change

Testimonials for QMedCourses

Course: Information Resources & Literature Searching
Previously I was misconceived about search term usage, got cleared after this course. Clearly and crisply explained. Summary at the end of session which makes us to revise. Explanation with online search screen provided better understanding. Sagindar Samaraj, Government Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai

Course : Introduction to Referencing
The content and ways of explaining was simple and sweet. The user interface is also good. Anish Tayal, UG Student, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital

Course : Mastering PubMed
Sessions were very informative and keeps telling you to PRACTICE, which is the excellent way to learning the module effectively. The user interface, content and also the length of each session is realistically defined. Dr. Mukul Upadhyay, Apollo Tele Health Services, Hyderabad

Course : Reference Management with Mendeley
It was a very useful course for me because understanding Mendeley was tough and now I know a lot of things about it! It cleared a lot of doubts. The way the course was explained was very nice. I am definitely going to recommend this course to all who need it. Thank you. Tasneem Rahman Hazarika, PG Student,Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences

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