QMedCONNECT Newsletter: February & March 2014


Dear friends

This issue once again reports for two months – February and March 2014. The list of our activities in this issue, will tell you how busy we have been.  With the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences making it compulsory for faculty and PGs to attend Research Methodology Workshops, we have had a flood of invitations to deliver lectures at several institutions. On two days, between Lakshmi and me, we did three lectures and on many other days we did two!  It is wonderful being able to share knowledge this way. Seventeen of the 21 listed lectures were for workshops which were for the MUHS mandate.

Noteworthy amongst others were lectures at ‘STORM’ Indore, an event organized by the Journal Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine with the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Pune  for the National Science Day celebration and an event by a young group called ‘YOU’ (Young Ophthalmologists United) of the Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore.

‘STORM’ (Symposium and Training on Research Methodology) was an event organized by Dr. Puneet Gupta from Indore, and held at the Index Institute of Dental Sciences. The team from the Institute worked with Dr Puneet Gupta (himself a Dental faculty, but more importantly a lover of research and statistics) to create an event that was much appreciated. The J-AIM & Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Pune organized a novel event where they had the audience send in questions in advance and the faculty (which included me) answered all of them, leading to more questions and interactions. The theme was on Scientific Writing and Publication Ethics and the questions and discussions ranged from basic to specific issues. At Bangalore a group of young Ophthalmologists had a two day event where apart from research and writing, they had speake rs address them about issues like how to get fellowships, how to set up practice and more. The young audience obviously had a wonderful plateful, going by the happy smiles on their faces!  I can only add that I am delighted that at each of these events, literature searching and reference management were considered important ‘must haves’ as part of the program. We are steadily achieving our goals!

Our E-Learning platform is evolving and we are putting in lots of hard work to make something that will hopefully benefit the entire country’s health professionals.

Vasumathi Sriganesh


What we did – February & March


I)Talks on literature searching / referencing /citing at

  1. LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for DNB students, Mumbai – Feb 5
  2. Sion Ayurveda College, Mumbai -Feb 5
  3. LTMMC – Sion, Medicine Dept, Mumbai – Feb 20
  4. LTMMC – Sion, Surgery Dept, Mumbai – Feb 20
  5. At STORM (Symposium and Training on Research Methodology), Indore – Feb 22
  6. Podar Ayurvedic College, Mumbai – Feb 24
  7. LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai – Feb 24
  8. LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai – Feb 24
  9. KEM Hospital, PSM Dept. – Feb 25
  10. KEM Hospital , Physiology Dept – Feb 25
  11. INHS Ashwini, Mumbai – Feb 27
  12. J-AIM & Interdisciplinary School of  Health Sciences, University of Pune – Feb 28
  13. MUHS JJ Hospital, Mumbai – March 4
  14. LTMMC (Sion Hospital), Mumbai -March 5
  15. YMT Homeopathic Medical College, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai – March 6
  16. TNMC & Nair Hospital, Mumbai – March 7
  17. Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore – March 9
  18. Terna Medical College, Navi Mumbai – March 13
  19. KEM Hospital, Community Medicine Dept, Mumbai – March 13
  20. KEM Hospital, Anesthesiology Dept, Mumbai – March 13
  21. KEM Hospital, Psychiatry Dept, Mumbai – March 25

Read about these on our blog


Talks for health consumers on searching for health information:

• Axis Bank Foundation, Mumbai. Feb 18.

We delivered a lecture on “How to search online for reliable health information’ organized by the Axis Bank Foundation for its employees at their head office.  After the session the Head of the foundation requested us to give them a concise version to circulate among the all the employees across branches in India. This itself was a testimony to the success of our lecture.


Interactive workshops on literature searching / reference management

  1. Three full- day workshops from 18th to 20th March for MDS students and faculty at Bapuji Dental College, Davangere. No of participants -99.
  2. Workshop on Reference Management with Mendeley held at XIMR, Mumbai. No. of participants – 16 (students, faculty and consultants)

Read about these on our blog


QMed Participates

Lakshmi Padmanabhan attended a workshop organized by CAP on Human Resource Management on the 14th of Feb. The trainer Ms Enma Popli was a great teacher and elicited good participation from the audience. The biggest learning at this workshop was on the “HR audit list’ which is a checklist of processes the HR should have in place for the efficient functioning of the organization.

Vasumathi Sriganesh and Lakshmi Padmanabhan attended another workshop organized by CAP on IT skills on 26th Feb. This workshop was conducted by Mr Yazdi Tantra who gave us some easy tips on using gmail and covered an interesting application called the ‘Evernote’ which is like a one-stop shop for organizing both personal and professional data, contacts and other information that otherwise lies scattered across various sources.

Ms Vasumathi Sriganesh attended a workshop on using MS Excel conducted by GYAN ivolunteer on the 1st of March. For people who are scared of numbers of numbers and excel sheets this workshop worked well in teaching some simple tricks to make working on excel better and more organized.


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