QMedCONNECT Newsletter: October- December 2013


Dear friends

The year 2013 has probably been the busiest year for us. If I reflect, it has been an year of achievements. We revamped our Foundation’s website, and that of the Indian Medical Sites Directory. We introduced our blog. The award in May 2013 was the highlight of the year. We got listed in Global Giving, US as well as Global Giving, UK and have raised around $9000+ through both. We conducted eight workshops – three were full day events and five were half day events. We delivered 20 lectures at various venues/events. We launched our lectures for consumers who search the Internet for health information. We also participated in several learning events to see how to take QMed ahead for all of you.

In 2014, we are striving to launch our E-learning modules that so many of you have been requesting for. We are eager to do Train the Trainer sessions in a number of medical colleges. There is an intense need to spread our expertise in every institution. We hope that many of you will work closely with us to help make all this happen. Wishing all of you a Wonderful 2014!

Vasumathi Sriganesh


What we did –October- December 2013

Talks on literature searching / referencing /citing at

• SNDT University, Juhu Campus, Mumbai, for PhD students & faculty. Oct – 5.

• LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for DNB students. Oct – 8. Read More

• Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai, – for students of Audiology & Speech Therapy,  Nov-11.

• Institute of Nursing Education,  JJ Hospital, Mumbai, – for M.Sc Nursing students, Nov-14.

• NAPCON 2013, Chennai. – Preconference workshop; Nov 27.

• LTMMC – Sion, Mumbai, for DNB students, Dec-4.


Talks for health consumers on searching for health information:

• Finding Health Information on the Net, HELP library, Mumbai, Dec- 17. (Watch a video of the lecture)


Interactive workshops on literature searching / reference management

• Indian Society of Community Health Nurse Specialists, Kerala  – 20 participants. Read More

• For the faculty at LTMMC, Mumbai. No. of participants – 20 participants. Read More

• AIMS, Kochi. No. of participants – – 20 participants – Read More.


QMed Participates

Lakshmi Padmanabhan attended a session on fund-raising conducted by Ms Zahida Noorani at the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP). She shared some valuable insights on planning fund-raising initiatives especially from individual donors. We are eager to implement these innovative fund-raising strategies in the coming year.

She also attended a workshop on ‘Understanding CSR from the Corporate and NGO perspective conducted by Mr Noshir Dadrawala of CAP. This day long workshop covered the various aspects of Corporate-NGO partnership.


Fund Raising Initiatives

Global Giving Project

Between October and December, we raised over $2000  for our project “Helping Medical Students Become Better Doctors”  on Global Giving, making it a total of about $9000 till now. In order to start utilizing these funds, we have contacted  few medical colleges in Maharashtra for conducting our workshops and almost all have loved the idea and are happy to implement them. There has been a slight delay in this because  the UG exams were postponed to December. In the meanwhile we have been working on developing content for the e-learning modules that would serve as an excellent learning resource for the under-graduate students.


Looking forward in 2014

We do look forward to a busy 2014 as well! Our top priority will be the launching of our e-learning courses,  which will help us reach out to many more students and professionals. We also plan to have discussions with the Medical Council of India and other related bodies to include literature searching and reference management teaching, in the curriculam.


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