QMedCONNECT Newsletter: March- July 2013


Dear friends

No, we did not disappear! Many of you asked me what happened to the Newsletter – and thank you all, for asking!  Well it was a mix of reasons for which we could not do this since March. The most important reason was a technical one, and then my trip to the US this year was a little more “time demanding” than ever before.  January to April was spent in creating our blog,  revamping our website and also theIndian Medical Sites.  Redoing websites is about as challenging as creating new ones.  So while we got them all launched by end April, we had more challenges with planning the “Newsletter  Blog balance”.  Now all’s well that ends well – and we are back on track!  We thank Mango Media for all the professional services for our websites

May 2013 was a great month. I visited the USA to attend the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association of the US. I attended two preconference workshops (both technology oriented!) and then presented about QMed’s workshops and also a poster about a new career option for “Informationists”  who can actually help tackle one element of the doctor-patient ration problem. This was of course very exploratory but surprisingly got several encouraging comments, and the most important was the offer for guidance and advice from a Senior Informationist of the National Institutes of Health Library!

The best part of the Conference was my getting the “International Clinical Librarian’s Conference – Evidence into Practice Award” at a grand Awards Ceremony. And the congratulatory wishes from so many delegates. I also had the pleasure of being part of a panel in an event for developing countries, and participating in activities related to developing country initiatives. After the conference I visited the National Library of Medicine (birthplace of PubMed) for a day, and also the National Institutes of Health Library for another day. The learnings at both places were noteworthy. At the NLM I shared QMed’s initiatives with a group of about 20 librarians. And then after a holiday, I visited the SUNY Downstate, where I did a brief presentation to the Attendings and Residents of the Pediatric Neurology Department.

Back in India in June, I picked up the threads of planning with colleagues. And now, with things falling in place, we are all set to plan for lots more. More workshops and very importantly E-Learning Modules are coming your way!  And then we plan to introduce lectures for patients and consumers to search right. Do track our blog and stay updated!

Vasumathi Sriganesh


What we did – March - July 2013

 Talks on literature searching / referencing /citing at

• Research Methodology Workshop – LTMMC – 17th July. Read More

• Research Methodology Workshop – Bhaktivedanta Hospital – 10th July. Read More

• Workshop on Wound Care Management for Nurses – 25th June. Read more

• FAIMER Workshop for Medical Teachers – 12th June.

• Research Methodology Workshop – JCOR – 10th May. Read More

• Pharmatech – Event for Pharmacology students – 3rd April. Read More

• Research Methodology Workshop – AIIMS Bhubaneswar – 19th March. Read More

• Research Methodology Workshop -Vasantrao Pawar Medical College – Nashik – March 3rd. Read More

Interactive workshops

• Literature Search & Reference Management, at Medicon 2013, held at the UCMS, Delhi for about 25 participants – April 11. Read More

• PubMed – interactive hands on workshop for PGs and faculty- at Jaslok Hospital Mumbai – 20  participants – March 23. Read More

Students at QMed workshop in Medicon 2013

Workshop at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai

Ms Vasumathi Sriganesh receives the “Evidence into Practice Award” at MLA 2013


 QMed Participates:

  1. Social Media Workshop organized by iVolunteer on 29th June, 2013 . Read More
  2. Communication & Documentation Workshop organized by CAP on 25th July, 2013.
    Read More
  3. Giving Back NGO India – an NGO exhibition organized by Guidestar India and UBM India on 14th and 15th of June, 2013. Read More

Some good news to share

  1. The Elsevier Foundation based in the US announces an “Innovative Libraries for Developing Countries” Grant Program, every year. This year QMed has got through the preliminary level of  selection and we are in the process of applying for the final level. Do wish us the best, so that we can plan some special programs!
  2. Global Giving is an International online fund raising platform which provides NGOs a platform to list their projects and enables donors to contribute to a project of their choice. QMed has cleared its nomination formalities and we are all geared up to participate in their September “Open Challenge” event where we aim to raise over $5000.
  3. Footsteps4Good is an initiative for NGOs  to participate in a  Marathon that is held on the 2nd of October every year. People can support an NGO of their choice by donating a minimum of Rs 2000 and can run/walk to raise funds for that NGO. This year QMed is participating for the first time and we are sure you will support us by participating in the event. After all, we are doing it for YOU!  …. Click here to register

Participation in each of the above mentioned events is extremely important to us and we hope to raise a substantial amount for QMed to do all that it wants to do for the Health of the People.


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