QMedCONNECT Newsletter: June 2012


Dear friends,

 June has been an “Ophthalmology month” for us. I had been to the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on their invitation. I spent two whole days, with a fairly packed schedule of discussions with their librarians, meeting several key people and conducting three sessions on literature searching. I really loved the learning atmosphere, both during the lectures for health professionals and all the library discussion sessions. The Librarians at Aravind have done an admirable job making a lot of resources available to their health professionals through their intranet. I have requested them to put up all their work (barring the access to subscription based or copyright restriction based resources) on their website, so that lot more people have access to them, and their work becomes a model for others to emulate. I also had the privilege of spending two days at a Research Methodology workshop organized by the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, and delivering a lecture there.

We are pleased to announce that 20 people signed up for the Friends of QMed initiative this month. Fifteen of these did so after attending my lecture at the FAIMER session at KEM. (FAIMER is a program for medical teachers). We welcome all of them! The youngest Friend of QMed had joined us in May, and came over early this month to learn some research skills from us. He is a BSc student and the interest he showed was very encouraging.

The Indian Medical Association at Juhu invited me to explore opportunities of our helping them ensure better utilization of their library and also to conduct some training workshops with them.

This month, on the 22nd, we will be conducting our 2nd hands on workshop for searching PubMed. We already have four registrations and can accomodate another 11 people.

Vasumathi Sriganesh


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If you are a health professional or student, you could become a "Friend indeed". You will be contributing to one of the most important initiatives for the health care profession! AND, you will get all the help that we can provide with our expertise.

We request for a minimum donation of Rs. 250/- (If you are a member of INFORMER, you automatically become a Friend of QMed, because you have already committed to the same cause out there!)

Larger donations are most welcome for this cause which I am sure each of you cares deeply about. We aim to raise funds of about Rs. 60 lakhs this year, so that we can create lots of E-learning programs and also conduct training programs wherever possible. We wish to help all our “Friends in need” with their research, paper writing and more.

Do check out our website www.qmedkf.org.in for details.We accept donations by cheques in favour of Quality Medical Knowledge Foundation. You may send the cheques to our address, or you could ask us for our account details. You will get the applicable IT Exemption for donations under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act. We have FCRA registration, and can accept donations from outside India too.


Do You Know?

Drug Information Portal of the National Library of Medicine, USA

The Drug Information Portal is a free Web resource from the NLM that provides an informative, user friendly entry-way to current drug information for over 32,000 drugs. The portal is now available for mobile devices! This mobile optimized Web site covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to nineteen other resources including PubMedLactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available.
Smart Phones accessing the main Drug Portal site will be taken the mobile site.More Information


Forthcoming Training Programs on literature searching and reference management:

July 22, 2012 - PubMed - Hands on session organized by QMed.

Restricted to fifteen participants against advance registrations only, on a first-come-first-served basis

Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Venue: Pragati Software, Lok Centre, Marol Maroshi Rd, Andheri East.
More details

Forthcoming Lectures:

July 1, 2012 - Meeting of the Patient Safety Alliance
July 3, 2012 - NIRRH, Mumbai on Using the Cochrane Library
July 5, 2012 - NICED, Kolkata on Using the Cochrane Library
July 11, 2012 - Workshops of Medicon 2012
July 17, 2012 - Symbiosis College of Nursing, Pune (awaiting final confirmation)
July 19, 2012 - Research Methodology Workshop at the KJ Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai
July 21, 2012 - Bombay Hospital - Research Methodology workshop (confirmation awaited)
July 28, 2012 - Bombay Orthopedic Association’s Publish and Flourish Course
August 17, 2012 - Statistics & Research Methodology prog at KEM, Mumbai
August 18, 2012 - "Illuminati" a UG student event organized by AFMC, Pune
August 30, 2012 - Statistics & Research Methodology prog at KEM, Mumbai
September 25, 2012 - MECOR workshop organized by NIE Chennai


Other Events of Interest

Public Health Foundation of India's events in July. More details

INFORMER's Medicon 2012 - July 11-14, 2012, at MGIMS, Sevagram, Wardha. More details

Art & Science of Writing a Paper - conducted by “Indian Pediatrics” - 11-12 Aug, 2012. More details

MEDSICON 2012 - Students conference organized by Mahavir Vardhman Medical College in association with IMSA. More details

International Conference on Epidemiology - 16-18 Aug 2012.More Details

Methods in Epidemiological Clinical and Operational Research (MECOR): Level 1: Introduction to Clinical Research Methods. 24th - 29th September, 2012 at NIE, Chennai. More details

20th Cochrane Colloquium - 30th Sept - 3rd October - Auckland, New Zealand. More details

If you are organizing or know about other conferences, pre-conference workshops or training programs related to medical research, do let us know; we would like to include these in our website and newsletter.

Article of the Month

Subsequent publication rate of studies from India presented at the annual congresses of SIOP.

Arora RS, Arora P, Prabhu V, Eden T. 

Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012. PMID 22648799 (contributed by Arora RS)

Scientific congresses provide a platform to clinicians and researchers to present the results of their work. Subsequent full publication of this work in scientific journals is desirable as it is peer-reviewed (giving it greater scientifically rigour) and disseminates more widely and permanently. The authors looked at subsequent publication of 191 studies from India presented at annual congresses of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology between 2001 and 2005. 24 (12.6%) had been published and this subsequent publication rate was lower than that reported for other paediatric or oncological meetings. The authors further discuss the possible reasons for this

Note - The full text is not free online, but anyone interested in reading this could request us for a copy. Please note, this will be provided for personal studly only.


What we did – June 2012

Training Programs / Talks: Literature searching/ Consultative meetings

June 13, 2011 - Lecture at a FAIMER workshop, at KEM Hospital

June 21 & 22, 2012 - Three Lectures - at Aravind Eye Care, Madurai

June 23, 2012
 - Lecture at the IJO Research Methodology Workshop


Document Delivery of Journal Articles

In the month of June 2012, we delivered 50 articles to individual members & libraries. The total number of documents delivered since April 2012 is 150.


Quote of the Month

What is research but a blind date with knowledge.
Willard Harvey Wattenburg (Scientist, Inventor and Author)


Directory of Indian Medical Sites (www.indianmedicalsites.in)

We have added 25 new sites in the month of June and the total number of sites is 3650. 

We invite volunteers to add new sites. If you would like to help, do write to us and we will send you a set of instructions that will make it easier for you to work. Please write "Volunteering for Indian Medical Sites" in the Subject of the email.


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