QMedCONNECT: Highlights 

February 2022

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What do we have for you this month?

• Two blog posts from our founder

• Literature links on observances this month: World Cancer Day, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Day, International Childhood Cancer Day, Oral pathology day 

• Useful resources: Task Exchange (Cochrane)

The QMed Team 


From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts


Vasumathi Sriganesh, in her blog posts this month talks about the need to tackle an unusual syndrome - "They don't know what they don't know" and also about the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi joining the QMedCourses family and having a lot of UG students enrolled

The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences subscribes to QMedCourses

We are delighted to announce that the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala has just subscribed to QMedCourses - www.qmedcourses.in. What is still more delightful is that in the first set of about 120 registered participants, around 75 are medical students (MBBS students).

The librarian Ms Indira has motivated them to join and has also ensured that her colleagues in the library enrol. Ms Indira had herself joined the program earlier and has had sessions with us on a search strategy for a systematic review that she is helping some doctors with.

We are also happy that the Manakula Vinayagar Medical College in Puducherry has renewed access for another year. So far every medical college that completed one year has renewed for the second and that is a great sign

I recently visited the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research in Chennai. This University has 12 institutes of various health sciences streams. I delivered a lecture to their medical students and also some PhD scholars. 

Read more.

Tackling an unusual syndrome - "They don't know what they don't know"

"As we go into research, we tend to focus on large things rather than small and minute details. So this course has provided me with the information on some minute details and searching process which I never acknowledged. Having this knowledge would make our search processes easier and faster." - Binisha – Postgraduate student – Physiotherapy (Cardiopulmonary Sciences), SMIMS

Just this morning, we got the above feedback for our basic course -  "Information Resources & Literature Searching" and were delighted. Happy not for a “positive feedback” (we get lots of those and are grateful for them) but because we felt that only once in a while people seem to understand the true importance of what we teach.

In research, the task of literature searching, to find the right articles to base your research on, is just like getting the right bricks, cement and other raw material to construct a building. If we use poor raw materials, then the quality of buildings is just as poor

But somehow the need to do a structured, methodologically correct search seems to be given little thought. I like describing this as a “they don’t know what they don’t know syndrome”

Read more.


From our Social Media Posts- International Observances

International Days

The month of February had five 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.  

World Cancer Day - 4th Feb - PubMed Results 

International Day of Women and Girls in Science - 11th Feb - PubMed Results Our FB Post

Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Day - 12th Feb - PubMed Results 

International Childhood Cancer Day - 15th Feb - PubMed Results Our FB Post

Oral pathology day - 25th Feb - PubMed Results Our FB Post

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

Cochrane TaskExchange is a collaboration tool that connects people who need help or advice on health evidence projects with people who have the time and expertise to assist. People needing help post a task and people wanting to help out respond to tasks of interest. The task types include all areas of evidence based activities like data screening, data extraction, statistical analysis and more. Anyone can sign up to use the platform. Click here to know more


Lectures & Webinars this month


15-Feb-22: Literature Search, Reference Management with Mendeley at Sri Ramachandra Medical College - 150 participants

 Mini-Webinars this month:

• 01-Feb-22: Course I – Know Your Information Resources

• 04-Feb-22: Course I – Literature Searching

• 08-Feb-22: Course III – Focusing search results using MeSH

• 11-Feb-22: Course III –  Saving your searches

• 22-Feb-22: Course IV – Populating Mendeley

• 25-Feb-22: Course IV – Managing Duplicates and Adding Citations and Bibliography in an article


QMedCourses News


February 2022: Badges Awarded to those who scored 100% 

Ishita Gupta, BDD College of Dental Science; Dr. Prashant Janjal, Apollo Tele Health Services; Naveen P & Vinay G, AIIMS Guwahati; Ram Tamang, Rabin Rana Magar, Rosila Luitel, Upasana Limbu, Mary Boli, Rajina Shrestha, Pempode Sherpa, Nupur Manjari & Tasneem Rahman Hazarika, SMIMS
                      Course: Information Resources and Literature Searching

Meghna Pradhan, Ram Tamang, Rabin Rana Magar, Rosila Luitel, Upasana Limbu, Sabita Prajapati, Rasmita Sharma & Pempode Sherpa, SMIMS; Krishnan S, Naveen P & Vinay G, AIIMS Guwahati; Anish Tayal, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital
Course: Introduction to Referencing

Meghna Pradhan, Rabin Rana Magar, Rosila Luitel, Upasana Limbu, Sabita Prajapati, Sudha Pradhan, Aduly Tamuk, Rajina Shrestha, Nupur Manjari, Ashmita Chetia & Tasneem Rahman Hazarika, SMIMS; Naveen P & Vinay G, AIIMS Guwahati
Course: Mastering PubMed

Praveen K, Naveen P & Vinay G, AIIMS Guwahati: Meghna Pradhan, Rabin Rana Magar, Rosila Luitel, Upasana Limbu, Prasant Tamang, Sabita Prajapati, Sudha Pradhan, Aduly Tamuk & Ashmita Chetia, SMIMS

Course: Reference Management with Mendeley

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 

Helps new researchers to understand basics of literature searching. The presentation was arranged in perfect order especially the two fundamentals and the four principles. Rakshit Shah, Student, ICMR-NIOH 

Course : Introduction to Referencing

 Very helpful course indeed. It well organized. It is helping me a lot to get the right information. Thank you. Doma Giri, Assistant Professor, Nursing. Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences

Course : Mastering PubMed

 It is a good and thorough course which takes us through PubMed in a systematic manner. The course is well organised, precise and user-friendly. Anindita Mahanta, Faculty-Dept. Physiology, AIIMS Guwahati

Course : Reference Management with Mendeley

 The demos were very useful to understand the concept. Well explained with a demo for each chapter. Himashree Bhattacharyya, Faculty, Dept. Community & Family Medicine, AIIMS Guwahati


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