QMedCONNECT Newsletter: January 2017


Dear friends 

January was an exciting month. After lots of preparation, we started the much awaited 100 PGs program - a project for which we had raised funds during the Daan Utsav - October 2016. The program goal is about

Helping 100 Postgraduate Medical Students Do Better Research For Their Thesis

We held two workshops this month - (Jan 15 & 29) with seven PG students in each. We thank the Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital for providing us with a venue, for these. A special thanks once again to Dr Avinash Supe, the Director of KEM and also of Medical Education & Hospitals - who sent me this message as an inaugural wish: 

"This is a unique and very essential workshop that every PG and faculty should undergo. Vasumati has been conducting these workshops with passion and dedication. I wish her and all of you best wishes - Dr Supe"

 The next workshops will happen in February, and these students will all be constantly mentored for the literature search & referencing for their theses. 

Another exciting event was a visit by Mr John Hecklinger of GlobalGiving - USA (where we raise funds through crowdsourcing). John visited us with Kavita Mathew who works for GlobalGiving from India. We all went to KEM together so that they could meet with students and faculty and get an idea from them, about QMed's work. Again - it was great that Dr Supe could give them 15 minutes, and then four faculty members and around 10 students came to meet John and Kavita and tell them how QMed's lectures & workshops helped them. At the end, John's comment was - "You seem to have a fan club here"! John gave another important suggestion - that all such beneficiaries should help QMed by raising funds through Alumni from the USA & UK, - the GlobalGiving platform makes it very easy for them to donate.

In January, I also got to travel to Delhi, Chittorgarh & Patiala - for a meeting on medical informatics, a workshop for librarians and a workshop for PG students and doctors. Overall a very productive month! 

Vasumathi Sriganesh


Did You Know

 Understanding Health Research: A tool for making sense of health studies

Available at www.understandinghealthresearch.org - this tool guides you to review and interpret a pulished research paper, through a series of questions. Funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) UK, its evolution is well described in the website, and makes interesting reading. 

The aims of the tool are to:

• Allow lay and professional audiences to understand how to assess the quality of research evidence

• Raise awareness of what evidence is and how it is generated

• Teach or reaffirm critical health literacy skills

Take a research paper that you have with you. Go to the site, and answer questions they ask, as you read the paper. At the end, guided by the steps, you would have understood the paper better than before! 

News - Beall's list (predatory publishers and journals) - disappears

In the last few years the Beall's list - a list of predatory journals and publishers - maintained by a librarian from Denver USA, was referred to heavily, to understand how several journals were mushrooming under the guise of being Open Access, but were actually just making money and publishing mainly pseudoscience. There were arguments about the list - some claiming that Beall was going too far in  his judgements, but majority found the list to be a major source to check out about journals. The list suddenly vanished from the blog!  


From QMed’s Calendar

Talks on Literature Search / Referencing & Citing at

• Indian Journal of Ophthalmology-  Research Methodology Workshop - 7th Jan

• Fortis College of Nursing  - 11th Jan

Guest lectures

• Open Source Publications, and Data Mining for Knowledge Discovery at the Aditya Birla Group of Companies, for their librarians, at the Ultratech Cement Plant premises, Chittorgarh - 17th Jan

Our blog post carries a few details about these lectures


The 100 PGs project: (For more details - click here)

• Mastering PubMed & Reference Management with Mendeley, at Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital -  15th Jan & 29th Jan. Seven PG students attended each of the workshop

Regular workshops at institutions:

• Mastering PubMed & Reference Management with Mendeley  at Government Medical College Patiala - 22nd Jan 2015



QMed Participates 

 Vasumathi Sriganesh participated in two semi-formal events of the Indian Association for Medical Informatics of which she is a member. The first was a meeting - discussion in Delhi, (venue-AIIMS), where there were brief presentations on implementation of Informatics at some institutions. A few students from medical colleges participated to learn and share about their perceptions too. The second was an informal meeting at the IIT Bombay, with the Dept of Biosciences & Bioengineering to learn about their activities, spread awareness of the IAMI and look for meaningful engagement


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