QMedCONNECT: Highlights 

April 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 Autism Awareness Day, World Health Day, World Chagas Disease Day, World Haemophilia Day, World Liver Day & World Malaria Day

• One interesting article

• Useful resources: ASAPBio

The QMed Team 


From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts


Vasumathi Sriganesh, in her blog posts this month writes about why faculty and librarians need to collaborate to make sure that library and information resources invested by the institution need to be well utilized. Faculty need to create the need to utilize resources and librarians need to do the needed training. Also she discusses the fact that today often, superficial learning seems to give instant gratification and this is dangerous. Do check out these two posts!

Medical libraries and their usage - faculty and librarians need to work together!

In institutions with libraries, the librarians are expected to provide statistics of usage. Budgets are often pruned if there is a decreased trend in use and alarmingly some libraries are closed down.

What is "library usage" today? Not any more should one measure this only by footfalls (number of people visiting a library) or by number of items borrowed...Read more.

When patients google

I often read social media posts where doctors express concern about patients googling and coming to them. Very understandable. There is so much of misinformation on the net that patients could be picking up. Asking questions based on these could be a major waste of time for a doctor. It is a strain on them considering that in India the doctor patient ratio is terrible. How about the true learning....Read more


From our Social Media Posts- International Observances

International Days

The month of April had six 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 Autism Awareness Day - 2nd Apr - PubMed Results Our FB Post

World Health Day -  7th Apr - PubMed Results 

World Chagas Disease Day - 14th Apr - PubMed Results Our FB Post

World Haemophilia Day - 17th Apr - PubMed Results Our FB Post

World Liver Day - 19th Apr - PubMed Results Our FB Post

World Malaria Day - 25th Apr - PubMed Results Our FB Post

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

Preprints and changed policies: Several funding agencies have changed their policies surrounding using preprints, and others are considering doing so. Check out ASAPBio - an organization that works towards promotion of quick scientific publishing and shares lots of information about how publishers are encouraging preprints What are you waiting for. Start writing and uploading preprints!
To know more visit: https://asapbio.org/funder-policies


From our Social Media Posts- Interesting Articles

Interesting articles that came up in our alerts this month:

1. Wafford QE, O'Dwyer LC. Adopting a toolkit to manage time, resources, and expectations in the systematic review process: a case report. J Med Libr Assoc. 2021 Oct 1;109(4):637-642. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2021.1221. PMID


Lectures & Webinars this month

Mini-Webinars this month:

• 05-Apr-22: Course I – Know Your Information Resources

• 08-Apr-22: Course I – Literature Searching

• 12-Apr-22: Course III – Focusing search results using MeSH

• 15-Apr-22: Course III – Narrow down search results

• 19-Apr-22: Course III – Saving your searches

• 22-Apr-22: Course II – About References & Referencing

• 26-Apr-22: Course IV – Populating Mendeley

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


QMedCourses News


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

Preethi Chunduri, NIPER; Sagindar Samaraj, Government Kilpauk Medical College Alla Vamsi Priya, Guntur Medical College (Supported by Foundation For Excellence)

Course: Information Resources and Literature Searching

 Sagindar Samaraj, Government Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai

Course: Introduction to Referencing


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 
It helped me clear my doubts about appropriate use of Boolean Operators. Short courses - easy to understand. Ambika Lama, Lecturer, Dept of Physiotherapy, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences

Course : Introduction to Referencing
Everything about references were properly mentioned. Every step is explained with minute details and understandable way. Binisha Shakya, PG Student, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences

Course : Mastering PubMed
This course was very useful because PubMed is a database used for searching the Articles and information related to our studies . This course helped me how to do a basic search and taught about this entire database. The explanation part is excellent. Ranjani Durga Devarapalli, PG Student, NIPER

 Course : Reference Management with Mendeley

I liked exploring new options available in reference manager. Learnt about sharing the results and exploring the library of other members. Dr. Prashant Janjal, Apollo Tele Health Services, Hyderabad


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