QMedCONNECT: Highlights 

October 2021

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What do we have for you this month?

• Two blog posts from our founder

• Literature links on observances this month:
National Anti Drug Addiction Day, World Mental Health Day, World Arthritis Day, World  Sight Day, World Anaesthesia Day, World Trauma Day, World Osteoporosis Day, World Iodine Deficiency Day, World Polio Day, World Stroke Day

• Useful resources: Open I Service, MyLoft & Sengupta's Research Academy 

• Five interesting articles that came into our alerts this month.  

The QMed Team 


From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts


Vasumathi Sriganesh, in her blog posts this month highlights the experiences and learning while we interacted with researchers from the Lancet Citizens' Commission. And she shares some feedback from our important target audience - UG students

Some experiences with crucial research

QMed recently started training and helping health professionals who have volunteered their time for research projects for the Lancet Citizens' Commission. This research project is being coordinated from CMC Vellore. They have subscribed to QMedCourses. The group is divided into small teams working on various research projects concerning healthcare in India - specially on achieving universal healthcare coverage for people in India in the coming years.

The whole group has been signed up for QMedCourses and we are also working with each team, helping them with their search strategies - for them to search various databases, find all available literature and produce their scoping reviews. It has been wonderful mentoring each team.

Read more.

Feedback from UG students for our courses and the need for early learning

In my last post I had mentioned that when we worked with researchers engaged with research projects for the Lancet Citizens' Commission, we observed that if they had approached us earlier we may have saved them lots more time. After my last post, one of them mentioned - "If we had started working with you earlier, we may have made lots more progress by now!"  That was a really precious, reaffirming comment.

It just confirms to us that the earlier these skills are picked up, medical research gets better, with lots of time saved. And we are really happy that more undergraduate medical students are learning them soon.

Read more.


From our Social Media Posts- International Observances

International Days

The month of October had ten 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.  

National Anti Drug Addiction Day - 2nd Oct - PubMed results Our FB

World Mental Health Day - 10th Oct -  PubMed results Our FB

World Arthritis Day - 12th Oct - PubMed results Our FB

World  Sight Day - 14th Oct - PubMed results Our FB

World Anaesthesia Day - 16th Oct - PubMed results Our FB

World Trauma Day - 17th Oct - PubMed results Our FB

World Osteoporosis Day - 20th Oct - PubMed results Our FB

World Iodine Deficiency Day - 21st Oct - PubMed results Our FB

World Polio Day - 24th Oct - PubMed results Our FB

World Stroke Day - 29th Oct - PubMed results Our FB

From our Social Media Posts - Do You Know

Open-iThe National Library of Medicine's Open-i service allows users to search and get abstracts, pictures, charts, graphs, and clinical images from open source literature and biomedical image collections. Over 3.7 million pictures from 1.2 million PubMed Central publications are available via Open-i. Open-i pictures come from: The Open Access Subset of PubMed Central (PMC), the National Library of Medicine's free full-text biomedical and life sciences journal repository. The Indiana University hospital network. Orthopedic Surgical Anatomy Teaching Collection, and MedPix The licencing type of an Open-i picture determines re-use.Their website also includes a section for technical questions like how to rank results by dates or how to use images as queries. Searches may be done using text or picture queries. The latter implies that you may also submit images to get information. You may also sort your results by newest or oldest, outcomes, prevention, and prognosis. For more, visit https://openi.nlm.nih.gov/

MyLOFT is an acronym that stands for 'My Library On Fingertips.' it is your personal library, which contains all the materials you need and categorizes them however you want! Its key features include the ability to store material and retrieve it offline, as well as access to library subscribed e-resources, which allows users to immediately access databases, e-books, and the most recent articles from publications subscribed by the library. Users may also read and subscribe to updates from their favourite blogs and news outlets, tag and categorise material for quick searching and offline reading, and arrange content in folders for reference. Additionally, MyLoft has a Text highlighter feature that allows users to mark or highlight, synthesize, and share significant notes from articles/content they read. The application is compatible for use on both a laptop and a mobile phone. Read more athttps://www.myloft.xyz/

Sengupta's Research Academy offers online courses on research methodology. Additionally, they offer i) An online clinical research fellowship that provides real experience with article writing, ii) "Research LIVE", which has interviews with some of the leading Indian researchers, and iii) "Research Bites" which are short, byte-sized lectures that help you grasp key ideas in clinical research. They host Master Classes which are Facebook Live events that are tailored to what you want to hear. They also provide research partnerships by bringing together Indian ophthalmic experts in an effort to improve cooperation and research, and Internships that allow participants to work on real-world projects. To know more, visit https://senguptasresearchacademy.com/

From our Social Media Posts- Interesting Articles

Interesting Articles


Interesting articles that came up in our alerts this month:

  1.  Lohr AM, Van Gorden N, McClelland DJ, Dubinsky E, Gerald LB, Wilkinson-Lee A, Carvajal SC. Updating search strategies for literature reviews with OUR2D2: an open-source computer application. J Med Libr Assoc. 2021 Apr 1;109(2):317-322. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2021.1105. PMID
  2.  Allebeck P, Paget DZ, Nagyova I. Time to move to open access. Eur J Public Health. 2021 Feb 1;31(1):1. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckaa231. PMID
  3.  Michael Clark J, Beller E, Glasziou P, Sanders S. The decisions and processes involved in a systematic search strategy: a hierarchical framework. J Med Libr Assoc. 2021 Apr 1;109(2):201-211. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2021.1086. PMID
  4.  Langnickel L, Baum R, Darms J, Madan S, Fluck J. COVID-19 preVIEW: Semantic Search to Explore COVID-19 Research Preprints. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2021 May 27;281:78-82. doi: 10.3233/SHTI210124. PMID
  5.  Jones EP, Brennan EA, Davis A. Evaluation of literature searching and article selection skills of an evidence-based practice team. J Med Libr Assoc. 2020 Jul 1;108(3):487-493. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2020.865. PMID
  6. Lohr AM, Van Gorden N, McClelland DJ et al. Updating search strategies for literature reviews with OUR2D2: an open-source computer application. J Med Libr Assoc. 2021 Apr 1;109(2):317-322. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2021.1105. PMID
  7.  Donato H, Donato M. Etapas na Condução de uma Revisão Sistemática [Stages for Undertaking a Systematic Review]. Acta Med Port. 2019 Mar 29;32(3):227-235. Portuguese. doi: 10.20344/amp.11923. Epub 2019 Mar 29. PMID
  8.  Rice DB, Skidmore B, Cobey KD. Dealing with predatory journal articles captured in systematic reviews. Syst Rev. 2021 Jun 11;10(1):175. doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01733-2. PMID

Lectures & Webinars this month

Webinars this month:

For QMedCourses registered users:

• 23rd October – Basics of Literature Searching

Other Webinars:

• 16th October – Literature Search and Reference Management – CURIOSUM, the Research Club of RCSM GMC, Kolhapur - 15 participants

• 24th October – Literature Search & Reference Management – NutriShala (Building Blocks of a Research) - 20 participants

• 26th October - Literature Search - MUHS  Research Methodology Workshop - 50 Participants

• 31st October - Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Students Club India (WEDNSCI) - Systematic Reviews - 220 participants (UG students)


QMedCourses News

We present some current statistics about the overall progress of our courses.



Total Enrolled

Information Resources & Literature Searching (IRLS)



Introduction to Referencing (IR)



Mastering PubMed (PM)



Reference Management with Mendeley (RMM)




Testimonials for QMedCourses

Course: Information Resources & Literature Searching 

Excellent course. Provides a clear understanding of how to go about literature searching. Vinay Suresh, UG student, King George's Medical University, Lucknow

Course : Introduction to Referencing

The sessions were very nice and easy to understand. Debishree Panda, RMRC Bhubaneswar

Course : Mastering PubMed

I was very scared of research and the whole process in general. I was recommended this course by Dr. Viraat Harsh (Neurosurgeon), and I can say that taking a subscription is the best decision I made. Shagun, UG Student, Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College

Course : Reference Management with Mendeley

I loved every aspect of the course, the way it is simplified and also help received by the organization. A 100/100 experience. Shagun, UG Student, Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College


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