QMedCONNECT Newsletter: January 2012


Dear friends,

We have started the new year with one promising activity. We at QMed went through a training program on using Moodle. For those who have not heard of it, Moodle is an open source learning management system. We aim to create programs where people can register online and learn at their pace. We plan to introduce tests and practice modules too. Our dream is to get them certified for credit hours. Any help/suggestions towards this will be deeply appreciated!

I delivered four lectures on literature searching this month and the response to these is getting better with time, resulting in more requests. We hope to translate all these into more workshops and Train the Trainer programs

Vasumathi Sriganesh


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Do You Know?

Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers
This is an online version of the book useful to authors, editors, publishers and librarians. One can get help for compiling a reference list, revising the list, setting the right standards and for formatting references. Available online athttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/

Thank you Dr Jay Karan - Govt Medical College Surat for sharing this resource


Forthcoming Training Programs on literature searching and reference management:

February 19 - PubMed Basics for a group of Gynecologists

February 24 - Literature searching & PubMed - for UG students attending a Clinical Research Workshop at KEM Hospital


Other Events of Interest

INFORMER's Medicon 2012 - 5th International Annual Students' Research Conference. More details

South Asian Cochrane Network & Centre. More details

BMSRI's Konference - March 17-18 - Kolkata. More details

MSA-India's International Interactive Workshop - March 31-April 3, Mumbai. 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.


Resources for You:

Supercourse Lectures. Supercourse is a repository of lectures on Global Health and Prevention. if you wish to receive a copy, do write to us at info@qmedkf.org.in

UpToDate. We, as trainers of UpToDate - [www.uptodate.com], can give one month complimentary trial passwords. Do write to us at info@qmedkf.org.in if you would like to have one.

Article of the Month

Tharyan P.

Finding and using the evidence you can trust.

Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2012; 9:27-32

This month's featured article is extremely important for Indian health professionals. The ICMR has sponsored countrywide access to the Cochrane Library in India. And it is essential that every health professional makes use of this resource and every academician understands this resource and teaches it to students. The article explains the importance of Cochrane Reviews and gives a lucid description with ten points as to why they are regarded as reliable sources of evidence. A "must read and understand" article for every Indian health professional, academician and student. 


What we did – January 2012

Training Programs / Talks: Literature searching/ Consultative meetings

January 07. Lecture at the IJO Research Methodology workshop

January 13. Lecture at the INASL Workshop

January 20. Lecture at Abbott Laboratories

January 24.
 KEM Hospital, for DNB students from Maharashtra


Document Delivery of Journal Articles

In the month of January 2012, we delivered 65 articles to individual members & libraries. The total number of documents delivered since April 2011 is 640.


Quote of the Month

Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.

Thanks to Dr Urmila Thatte, KEM Hospital, Mumbai for providing this quote


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

We have added 25 new sites in the month of January and the total number of sites is 3525. 

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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