QMedCONNECT: Highlights 

March 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 Hearing Day, World Glaucoma Day, Intl Women’s Day, No Smoking Day, World Kidney Day, World Disabled Day, Measles Immunisation Day, Intl Day of Happiness, World Down Syndrome Day, World Water Day, World TB Day

• Useful resources: JANE

The QMed Team 


From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts


Vasumathi Sriganesh, in her blog posts this month talks about QMed wanting to create its competition (we really do!) and about surprises we get when we read the feedback for our courses 

"You are creating your competition"

Years ago, when I had just started freelancing after three library jobs, one of my activities was training doctors (any health professional) in using the Internet for professional activities. PubMed had not yet become public and free, so I used to teach one of the Medline services called "PaperChase" which was affordable then. I also used to do literature searches for those who needed literature and were not confident of doing it for themselves.

At that time a doctor asked me "You are teaching people to do their searches and you are also doing it for them. Are you not creating your own competition?"

At that time, I thought to myself "maybe I am, and at some point I may need to see what else I can do if lots of people learn to manage for themselves"

This was in 1998

Now, a couple of decades later I would LOVE to create my competition as long as the competitors do a good job

Read more.

Researchers / Undergraduate students and Feedback for our courses

In the last month for our first (Basic) course  we received the following two feedback statements - one from a UG student and one from a research professional

Feedback 1
"Thank you for your initiative. I wish I had come across this site a lot earlier"

Feedback 2
"The course was taught well. just that some of it was too basic"

One would automatically deduce the the UG student gave the first and that the researcher gave the second.

Fact: It was just the opposite

Read more.


From our Social Media Posts- International Observances

International Days

The month of March had 11 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 Hearing Day – 2nd Mar - PubMed Results 

World Glaucoma Day – 6th Mar - PubMed Results 

Intl Women’s Day – 8th Mar - PubMed Results

No Smoking Day – 10th Mar - PubMed Results 

World Kidney Day – 11th Mar - PubMed Results 

World Disabled Day – 15th Mar - PubMed Results 

Measles Immunisation Day – 16th Mar - PubMed Results Our FB Post

Intl Day of Happiness – 20th Mar - PubMed Results

World Down Syndrome Day – 21st Mar - PubMed Results Our FB Post

World Water Day – 22nd Mar - PubMed Results Our FB Post

World TB Day – 24th Mar - PubMed Results

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

JANE allows you to find journals/articles/authors who publish research similar to an abstract or article title you submit. Helpful for generating target journals or suggested reviewers for submission, or relevant articles to cite. Jane will compare your document to millions of documents in PubMed to find the best matching journals, authors or articles. For More details, visit: https://jane.biosemantics.org/index.php


Lectures & Webinars this month

Other Webinars:

• 09-Mar-22: Literature Searching at Nair Hospital Dental College - 35 participants

Mini-Webinars this month:

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

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

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

• 11-Mar-22: Course III – Narrow down search results

• 15-Mar-22: Course III – Saving your searches

• 18-Mar-22: Course II – About References & Referencing

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

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


QMedCourses News


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

Jessica Flanagan, Cardiff University; Rovino Khate & Ambika Lama, SMIMS

Course: Information Resources and Literature Searching

Ambika Lama, SMIMS; Jessica Flanagan & Harriet Hebbes, Cardiff University

Course: Introduction to Referencing

Ranjani Durga Devarapalli, NIPER-Guwahati

Course: Mastering PubMed

Dr. Mukul Upadhyay – for pointing out ambiguity in one question in the MCQ section in the Introduction to Referencing course

Useful Feedback


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 
This course is very informative and has inspired me to take up a career in research. I like the way the entire website and course content is structured. Thank you. Arun A, UG Student, Madras Medical College  (Supported by Foundation For Excellence).

Course : Introduction to Referencing
I give this course a full 5 marks because it helped me to learn more about referencing. It is easy to understand. Has short lectures and is very interesting. Not at all time consuming. Sujen Cintury, Assistant Lecturer, Nursing. Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences.

Course : Mastering PubMed
It helped me to understand features of PubMed and various filters that can be used to optimize the search strategies. The course has clear and detailed explanation with sufficient demos. Rajina Shrestha, PG Student, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences

 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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