What's the latest in QMed?

July 2019

We conducted one workshop and delivered three lectures.

May 2019

We welcome three new Trustees to QMed – Ms Anujaa Navaratnaa and Ms Usha Sunil – both librarians who have worked in the health sector in addition to other sectors, and Dr Sandeep Bavdekar, a Pediatrician and former editor of two journals. We look forward to strengthening QMed with the additional strength of these Trustees.
We did one workshop this month at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai

April 2019

We conducted two full day workshops on PubMed and Reference Management, at AIIMS Bhubaneswar
Vasumathi delivered lectures at the FAIMER 2019 session and at ACTREC

March 2019

We recorded two more ELearning courses this month – “Mastering PubMed: Advanced” and “Reference Management with Mendeley”. We hope to add these to the ELearning site very soon!
Vasumathi delivered three lectures and conducted two workshops this month. Our honorary team member Ms Parvati Iyer retired at the end of March 2019. We wish her the very best

February 2019

Six lectures and three workshops this month!

January 2019

With deep regret, we share that we lost our Trustee – Dr Anand Shandilya. He succumbed to a heart attack on the 1st of January 2019, leaving a void at QMed.
Vasumathi Sriganesh mentored participants of MECOR India (2019) for their literature searches for their projects

December 2018

Fatima Shaikh delivers a lecture at YMT’s Ayurveda College. Parvati Iyer delivers a lecture at the Bombay Hospital, at a Research Methodology workshop for Nurses. Vasumathi Sriganesh delivers a lecture at the ASICON – the annual event of the Association of Surgeons of India, at Chennai.

UnLtd India writes about QMed! – Nov 2018

UnLtd India is an organization that mentors start up / young not for profit organizations. QMed was one of the early investees of UnLtd India (in the year 2010-11). UnLtd India covers QMed in their recent blog post – Got a medical question? Ask QMed

QMed’s ELearning Course – Participants’ status – Nov 2018

Over 6200 people are registered for our ELearning course – “Mastering PubMed”, most of these through AMASI. Out of these, 24 have successfully completed the course, 118 are engaged in various sections of the course. Thirteen have completed, but were not successful in completing the assessment yet.

AMASI enrols for our ELearning Course – Oct 2018

The Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India has taken our ELearning Course “Mastering PubMed”, for all its 10000 plus members

QMed now has its very own QR Code – Oct 2018

We have so far raised donations through GlobalGiving (from outside India) or through Danamojo (from Indian citizens), where people could give using cards and other options. QMed now has its own QR Code. This is really helpful in receiving small donations, (from people in India only) because after all, no donation is too small! We would like to thank BeNow for giving us our QRCode. Do visit our Donation page to try this option

Nandini Dasgupta attends a Gyan+ Session – September 24-28, 2018

Our intern Nandini Dasgupta represented QMed at the Gyan+ event – “Organisation management and leadership development program” hosted by IVolunteer in association with Singapore International Foundation. It was a lively, uplifting event, with a lot of learning. A number of NGOs came together to discuss the theory of change, what makes leaders different from managers, how to identify personalities in a work place, and the communication and marketing strategies we could use to better ourselves and reach out to more people. Towards the end, the participants made presentations of their version of a theory of change implementation. We internalized the model and are hoping to implement it for a number of our initiatives.

Special Lectures – Sep 1, 2018

TISS FLIP- Event to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship among librarians. Mrs. Vasumathi spoke of the importance of being an entrepreneur wherever you are, in whatever job you are doing- 1st September. We also conducted a lecture on Enhanced Searching for the Endocrine Society’s EUREKA 2018 on 1st September.

E-learning update – Aug 7, 2018

We began our first course on mastering the basics of PubMed in May 2018. As of Aug 7 2018, 34 have enrolled and ten have finished the course. Our course is open to all students, faculty and practitioners.

Global Giving​ – July, 2018

We participated in the Social Impact Academy in the months of June and July. It was a cohort of 50 organizations chosen by Global Giving to teach us all about planning and measuring the long term impact of our work. It was six weeks of intense self-learning, after which we learnt the importance of the stories we tell, the frames into which we fit our daily activities, and the feedback we collect. We are proud to have been a part of this academy and are excited to translate everything that we have learnt into discernible actions.

Our standing in GlobalGiving has also improved by leaps and bounds. Our project rank has shot up (currently 16/4625) where earlier we were in a 1000+ ranking We have taken part in a campaign that taught us new ways to approach people for funding. Recently, we also engaged in an interactive session to know how we can use visual aids to reach out to our audiences.

Global Giving Bonus Day​ – July 18, 2018

Over 4000 organizations participated in the Global Giving Bonus Day held on July 18. The highest amount raised was about 27,000$ which, grants and a bonus added, totaled $35,000. Congratulations to the much deserving “Reading Village.” We attracted 11 donors and raised $548. The amount is precious to us and a reminder of how incomplete we would be without our donors and friends encouraging us every step of the way. We also got a match of $112- thank you, Global Giving!

100 PGs Update ​- July 16, 2018

We started our 100 PGs program in January 2017, and while we expected to complete it in six months, we suffered major setbacks and had covered only 47 after a year. But just as we were about to give up, the tides turned and in May 2018 we found a good venue and ten eager to learn residents. We got to know the importance of feedback in making all this possible- it was a previous workshop attendee who had inspired these few to come attend! Over the next few months, we got more numbers, and before we knew it, we had covered 96 PG residents. Our project is close to finished and we could not be more proud.

QMed Participates ​- July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018 – Vasumathi Sriganesh was invited to participate in a panel discussion on a session: Education in Radiology: Changing needs and opportunities for the future radiologist. This was at an event organized by Express Healthcare in association with the Radiology Education Foundation. The panelists were:

◆Dr Akshay Baheti, Assistant Professor, TMH, Mumbai (Moderator)

◆Dr Sumer Sethi, Founder, DAMS &Telerad Providers

◆Dr Raju Sharma, Professor of Radiology, AIIMS

◆ Vasumathi Sriganesh, QMed Knowledge Foundation

◆Dr Deelip Mhaisekar,VC, MUHS

◆Dr Nandini Bahiri – HOD of the Radiology Department, Govt Hosp in Jamnagar

The topics covered were exams/assessments, sub-specialization and research; Vasumathi spoke on the changes needed with respect to improving research.

Our First E-Learning Module is Live! – May 13, 2018

We are happy to announce that our long cherished dream of having an E-learning venture is now a reality. The first of our E-learning courses on Mastering PubMed is now up and running. You will have access to 11 lectures elaborating using PubMed as efficiently as you can. We’ve also provided quizzes and a final assessment to test your understanding.
In addition, we provide you with mentoring support for a year! To know more about this, visit www.qmed.ngo/elearning-reg

Full day workshop on PubMed and Reference Management with Mendeley – Feb 11, 2018​

This workshop has been cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances. Anyone who has registered can do the workshop on the next date that we will announce shortly.

Accolades from GlobalGiving (our International Crowdsourcing platform)

She’s an advocate for evidence-based healthcare in India​! That is the headline with which our founder is featured in GlobalGoodness! Do click to read more

GlobalGoodness is a publication of GlobalGiving—a crowdfunding community powered by nonprofits, donors, and companies in 170+ countries. This is where GlobalGiving shares stories about making the world a better place.

The GlobalGoodness publication is hosted on Medium.com – a platform about People – with emphasis on quality, original ideas and interesting and varied viewpoints.

​We also got three badges from GlobalGiving for all the hard work we did, in raising funds through their page​

Global Giving Badges

First workshop in collaboration with the Campbell Collaboration & Chitkara University, Chandigarh – Jan 31, 2018 – Feb 1, 2018​

We will be doing our first workshop in collaboration with the Campbell Collaboration & Chitkara University, Chandigarh. This is a workshop on “Searching for Studies for doing a Campbell Systematic Review”. The course will cover details about what it takes to develop an effective search strategy for a systematic review. The importance of using both thesaurus terms as well as all possible text words, the use of Boolean operators and truncation symbols will be covered in detail. The steps in creating a systematic search strategy that can be documented and reported will be demonstrated. For brochure click here.

New venue for organizing and conducting workshops, in Andheri East​

W​e located a nice venue for organizing and conducting workshops, in Andheri East, not far from our office. The venue is close to the Andheri Station, Bus terminus and Metro station, making it easy for people to reach there. Blue Hat Fusion is located at ​Shop No.3, Radha Apts., Opp. City Point,Teli Galli, Andheri East
​We will be doing our first workshop there on Feb 11, 2018 (Sunday) and hope to conduct lots more at regular intervals. We found this venue through www.breathingroom.co

Launch of a payment solutions platform for Fundraising on our website.

We incorporated a payment solutions platform for Fundraising on our website on December 26, 2017. For Indian donors, the process of giving a donation is now really simple. One can donate using a debit or credit card, do a bank transfer or even have a cheque picked up – just by filling in details on the Danamojo platform. The debit and credit card options will work for International donors too, but we recommend that these donors use the GlobalGiving option.

Do go to our updated Donation Page to see both options. For those in India, do try the Danamojo option. You will make a fresh start in helping medical students and researchers learn about searching for evidence, for 2018