QMedCONNECT Newsletter: March 2010


Dear friends,

We had a very exciting March 2010. I learnt about UnLtd India - an organization that funds and supports social entrepreneurs. I applied for their program and went through a four day residential "boot camp" which was an awesome learning experience. Based on this, I made a presentation about how I would like to take QMedKF to new heights with my team, and I am delighted to share that I have been chosen as one of their "investees" for a period of an year.

This month I also conducted four training programs, three in Mumbai and one in Bhopal. My presentation got the highest rating in a program conducted in KEM Hospital Mumbai, as part of a Clinical Research workshop.

We have made some changes in our offerings of memberships etc and we are now eagerly looking forward to taking QMedKF to new heights with support from UnLtd. India

Vasumathi Sriganesh


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Our Forthcoming Programs

PubMed Basics- Invited programs

The following institutions have invited us to conduct a PubMed - Basics program :

Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Mullana Ambala - 22nd-23rd April 2010 (Three sessions)

Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital - 28th April 2010 (Organized by the Research Society)

We invite medical colleges/hospitals to contact us for organizing a program for PG students, faculty and health professionals. Please check out details at our website.


Other Events of Interest

1. Clinical and Epidemiological Research Workshop Series: Public Health Foundation of India.

• 20th - 23th April, 2010 (Tuesday to Friday): Workshop 4: Conduct and Reporting of Systematic Reviews of Randomized Controlled Trials

Contact - Tel: 0124-4722917;
Email: sujata.raman at iiphd dot org

More details

2. First Annual Workshop on Clinical Research Methodology: Clinical Trials ; Tata Memorial Hospital - Clinical Research Secretariat.

• 10th & 11th April, 2010

Contact - Tel: 022-24177000. Extn. 4254, 4259;
Email: crmworkshop at gmail dot com

More details

3. VI Scientific Writing & Skill Development Programme ; P.D.Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Centre and Indian Journal of Ophthalmology.

• 1st & 2nd May, 2010 (Saturday - Sunday)

Conatct - Tel: 24447165, 24447131, 24447405;
Email: editor at ijo dot in

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:

1. MDConsult. Doctors in India can avail of access to MDConsult at special rates, thanks to the efforts of the HELP Library. With MDConsult, you get access to about 50 reference books, 70 journals (including Clinics), Practice guidelines and lots more. For more details click here.

2. Supercourse Lectures. Supercourse is a repository of lectures on Global Health and Prevention designed to improve the teaching of Prevention. Supercourse is a library of 3623 lectures in 30 languages. It has been produced at the WHO Collaborating Center University of Pittsburgh, with core developers Ronald LaPorte and others.

Our Foundation has received a CD of entire content, and are distributing it for free to institutions during our training programs and also to anyone requesting for the same. This will be useful if you do not wish to view all lectures on the Internet for various reasons. Please get in touch with us at info@qmedkf.org.in if you wish to receive a copy.

Article of the Month

Bala A, Gupta BM.

Mapping of Indian neuroscience research: A scientometric analysis of research output during 1999-2008.

Neurol India 2010;58:35-41

The authors trace the growth of Neurosciences as a field in India over a decade, and seek to establish if there is a related growth in research output in the field. Using the Scopus citation database for 10 years as a source, they attempt to find out if there is a research productivity linked to the papers published and also if there is significant impact due to such published research. They have also studied the "global publication share" of these citations. They conclude that India is far behind other emerging economies in almost all parameters and express the urgent need to substantially increase research activities in their field in India. We from QMedKF would add that this is applicable to all fields, not just Neurosciences!

What we did – March 2010

Participation in a Boot camp

UnLtd India - www.unltdindia.org - is a Mumbai based organization that supports social entrepreneurs who have ideas and skills to create a better world. Recently Vasumathi Sriganesh applied for their incubation support program and was selected to attend a four day residential boot camp which prepared all potential investees, to create a good plan to elevate their respective ideas / organizations. There were around 30 participants with excellent ideas, at the camp. UnLtd India helped them interact with each other and also got them to meet successful social entrepreneurs, who shared their stories of successes and challenges. Participants also had talks and one to one sessions with expert mentors from the corporate as well as social sectors. At the end of the camp, each participant got help and advice for creating a powerful 10 minute "pitch" to present before an external evaluator. The Boot Camp was one of the best things that happened for us; as Vasumathi felt that the learning she gained was tremendous.

As a sequel to this, Vasumathi presented her pitch in the following week, and we just got the news that she has been selected as an investee. QMedKF will as a result, get a year's support through various contacts and experts to elevate itself to much higher levels!


Training Programs: PubMed - Basics

• March 8 - As part of a one week workshop on Clinical Research organized by the KEM Hospital, Vasumathi Sriganesh conducted a 3-hour session on searching medical literature for clinical research. There were about 65 participants from different parts of India

• March 10 - Program at Gandhi Medical College Bhopal for about 65 participants

• March 12 - Program at KJ Somaiya Medical College for about 22 participants

• March 28 - PubMed - Basics - at Pushp Kunj, Churchgate for 10 participants


Document Delivery of Journal Articles

In the month of March 2010, we delivered 190 articles to individual members, libraries and corporate clients. The total number of documents delivered since April 2009 is 1955.


Request for Donations:

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Quote of the Month

"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know".

- Daniel J. Boorstin


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

We have added 20 new sites in March and the total number of sites is about 3020.

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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