QMedCONNECT Newsletter: June & July 2014


Dear friends

 June and July had some lovely events for QMed and for me.  I was honoured to be invited for the 1oth Anniversary and convocation of the GSMC FAIMER Regional Institue on the 8th of June.  An honour for the GSMC-FRI and an honour for me too, as a faculty! The Association of Medical Consultants Mumbai, organized two events in June. One was a mentoring session for young doctors, at the Nair Hospital and the other was ‘Unclog the city’s arteries’ for Doctors Day. I spoke at the former event on the importance of EBM and for the latter I was privileged to give the President Dr Sangeeta Pikale some literature on the basis of which she created a wonderful presentation on the importance of  unclogging the city’s arteries (traffic) for the health of the city. Medicon – the Annual Conference of the Undergraduate Medical Students Association – INFORMER was another event that I have the honour to be invited for, every year. From the US, Global Giving and Social Media for Nonprofits organized a Summit in July, where I not only learned a lot, but had the pleasure of being invited to share QMed’s experiences in fund raising.

From this issue, we would like to introduce a section – ‘Participant Story’. This will feature stories of those who have experienced a change after attending our lectures, workshops or simply by going through any part of our website. Do write to us if you’d like to share your stories!

Vasumathi Sriganesh


Vidya Girishankar at our workshop

Student story: “Five clicks are all it takes – from problem to solution”

Vidya Giri Shankar has just started her Postgraduation in Psychiatry at the TNMC-Nair Hospital, Mumbai. She attended QMed’s workshops on PubMed and Cochrane Library, just prior to starting her PG program. She shares with us:

"With QMed’s guidance I am now able to access my most specific requirements of journal articles and definitive answers to therapeutic dilemmas. I come straight to the answers, without having to exhaust hours of unnecessary inputs. My experience with QMed has been transformational in the way I approach and use scientific data. And what is most fascinating is QMed’s principles can be applied universally.  Five clicks are all it takes to go from problem to solution.”


What we did –June & July 2014

I)Talks on literature searching / referencing /citing at 

• FAIMER Fellows Session, KEM Hospital – Jun 11

• LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for PGs and faculty – Jun 11

• LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for DNB students, Mumbai – Jun 12

• LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for PGs and faculty – Jun 18

• GMC-Mumbai, ResearchMethodology Workshop-Jun19

• LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for DNB students, Mumbai – Jun 26

• Medicon – Annual UG students event – PSIMS, Vijayawada – Jul 03

• LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for PGs and faculty – Jul 16

• LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for PGs and faculty – Jul 24

And a talk titled – “Making the evidence work for you and contributing back to the evidence pool’ by Vasumathi at the mentoring session for young doctors, by the Association of Medical Consultants, Mumbai organized at Nair Hospital, Mumbai.



  1. Bijapur – BLDE University – One day workshop – PubMed and Mendeley – Jun 17. The workshop was for faculty of the University. We had excellent feedback.


    1.PubMed Basics- one full time Phd student-Mumbai


QMed Participates

• Global Giving Summit – Jul 01-02 – A summit on Social Media and Fund Raising

• BKC Knowledge Network – Jul 15 – An informal network meeting of librarians, on various issues

• CAP – Coffee morning – Jul 22 – A group of 8 NGOs discussed how we could promote our work effectively

• Algorhythms & HDFC – Jul 25 – A one day seminar on E-books and E-delivery of information, QMed shared about its full text articles delivery experiences

All these sessions contribute a lot to our activities. We would like to thank the organizations mentioned above for these events and workshops where we are charged nothing or small amounts and learn from the best of mentors / trainers.


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