QMedCONNECT Newsletter: August 2016


Dear friends 

We are inching forward. With seven lectures, four workshops, and importantly reaching out to 85 undergraduate students this month, we are delighted with our progress. However the need is far greater. We simply must do lots more workshops as we see a great need to reach out to all medical and allied health students, teachers and practitioners. When we have the skills to teach them how to find the right literature and evidence, and very importantly can help them save time, it bothers us that we are not doing lots more! Just imagine the difference it can make if our health professionals have more time on their hands (for themselves and their patients) and also have better skills for finding the best evidence, conducting and reporting better research. So, on we strive to do a massive reach out!


We now ask you for help. Talk about our workshops. Invite us to conduct workshops. Get a group of 20 and we will conduct one. Tell us if you would like it done differently. And give us suggestions and help to discuss with bodies like the MCI, ICMR, and Medical Universities so that they can also recommend our courses. Feedback of the last eight years has indicated that more than 95% of participants felt that there is a dire need for our programs to be part of the curriculum! 


Do help us reach out!

Vasumathi Sriganesh


From our Blog

In the editorial above, I talked about wanting to do more workshops and asked for your help. In our blog post - Delving into the minds of our target audience, I share with you some insights into why the number of workshops is not escalating. I hope this helps you - our reader - understand things better, and help us. After all - the beneficiaries are the healthcare community and ultimately the patients! 


Did You Know

NLM Resources for Nurses

In the last few years, QMed has been invited to deliver lectures and conduct workshops for Nurse professionals and students, on several occasions. While we are happy to see such progress in this profession, we are delighted to share that The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers support to nurses and nursing research by providing diverse resources. You could check out Videos, a Learning resources database and more. Learn about these resources at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja16/ja16_nurses.html


Interesting Reading

Clark AM, Thompson DR.

Five (bad) reasons to publish your research in predatory journals.
J Adv Nurs. 2016 Aug 3. doi: 10.1111/jan.13090. [Epub ahead of print]
PubMed PMID: 27486055.

Why do people take what they believe is an "easy way out" and submit articles to predatory journals? This article explains why, and we believe it is important for everyone to understand the reasons.  


From QMed’s Calendar

Talks on Literature Search / Referencing & Citing at

• Nair Dental College, Mumbai- 10th Aug

• Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Nashik - 11th Aug

• College of Physicians and Surgeons - 12th, 18th, 30th Aug

• PGCON 2016 organized by the Indian Society of Anesthesiologist, Nashik- 14th Aug

• MGM Dental College, Navi Mumbai- 22nd Aug

And a Special Lecture by Ms Vasumathi Sriganesh:
"Exploring New Frontiers? Tackle your fears. Remember you magnificence"
- at INNOVATION 2016, an Undergraduate conference at Grant Medical College, Mumbai. - 2nd Aug

Workshops for UGs

• Half-day interactive workshop on Literature Search and Reference Management for 35 UG students at ILLUMINATI 2016, an annual Conference by AFMC, Pune

• Half-day interactive workshop on PubMed for 50 Undergraduate students organized by Quest Bangalore.


• Full-day workshop on Literature Search and Reference Management at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre in Pune for 30 consultants.


Half-day hands-on workshop for one PG student from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital on Literature Search - 3rd Aug

Participant Feedback

• I have tried to learn navigating through PubMed on my own in the past but without any success! As a result of which I even lost the opportunity to be the 1st author/2nd author for few of my publications simply because I couldn't write the discussion part of it as I got frustrated looking for the right references amongst the ocean of articles on PubMed.Feeling motivated to do more Research Work with the newly acquired knowledge! Thanks a lot !!- A participant of QUEST, Bangalore

• A class about software was thought to be boring as far as I was concerned. But the method of presenting each and every piece of information was to interesting and information. Must say- a class of inspiration. Thank you so much QMED. - Jayaprabha Jayakumar, UG student at ILLUMINATI 2016

• Amazing education! We sat through the day looking forward to what we would get to learn next. Very useful and will make things interesting and easy. - Dr Anuradha Wakankar, Consultant, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune

• Introduction to computers was late in our generation. This workshop has clearly taught a systematic use of PubMed and Mendeley. Very complicated topic was made simple in this workshop. Maybe one follow up sesion will help further. Students need to attend these workshops before they start their thesis preparation. - Dr Pratibha Kulkarni, Consultant, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune


From Our Picture Gallery


Memento from INNOVATION 2016



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