QMed’s Workshops


We conduct workshops that teach you to systematically search online and then manage your search results – store them properly, retrieve items easily and use them to cite and reference correctly.

Between 2008 and end 2016, we have conducted 198 workshops all over the country. You can search our database of workshops to learn more


Workshops@QMed

At QMed's office we conduct hands on workshops for individuals or two people on dates and timings mutually convenient.

At QMed's Training Venue (near Andheri station) we conduct hands on workshops for 15 participants


Workshops@Institutions

We conduct our workshops at medical/other health science institutions across India. The workshops are of two types – Hands-on and Interactive. For hands-on workshops we need a minimum of 18 people. The maximum can be 30 participants. Three participants will need to share one laptop. For interactive workshops – while we recommend around 40-50 participants, the numbers are flexible. There will be no hands on activities for participants. The target audience in these events may be UG students, PG students or working professionals from any stream of health sciences.


Workshops@Conferences/Events

We conduct workshops at events like conferences and also as part of larger events organized by institutions or associations. The workshops are of two types – Hands-on and Interactive. For hands-on workshops we need a minimum of 18 people. The maximum can be 30 participants. Three participants will need to share one laptop. For interactive workshops – while we recommend around 40-50 participants, the numbers are flexible. There will be no hands on activities for participants. The target audience in these events may be UG students, PG students or working professionals from any stream of health sciences.


100 PGs project : Helping 100 Postgraduate Medical Students Do Better Research For Their Thesis


In October 2016, during Daan Utsav, QMed raised funds to assist 100 PG students with the “Literature Searching and Reference Management” component for their theses. The workshops for these

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Content Coverage


Mastering PubMed - Basics

Four principles of searching

  • Keyword searches and their inadequacy
  • Thesaurus based searching for maximum relevance (The most important part of the program)
  • Qualifying search terms with fields
  • Combining search terms with Boolean operators

Understanding the MeSH thesaurus

  • MeSH Terms – their standardization and specificity
  • Understanding the Subheadings
  • Restricting a search to focused resultss
  • Understanding the MeSH tree and explosion
  • Searching using the Search builder

Features in PubMed

  • Creating a MyNCBI account
  • Saving searches and setting up email alerts
  • Creating permanent collections of search results
  • Filtering searches to narrow results
  • Finding a full reference if you have an incomplete one
  1. You retrieve references that are lots more meaningful and relevant.
  2. You do NOT have to wade through a large number of result pages
  3. You do not need to repeat your entire search activity for updates
  4. You will not lose references you find
  5. And more….

Testimonial:

After attending this workshop, I realized that what used to take me 10 hours to do, can be done in about half or one hour – Dr Sonu Subba – Additional Prof, Community Medicine, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar

Reference Management tool

Concepts:

  • Why use a Reference Manager
  • Importance of knowing the structure of references
  • Understanding Mendeley desktop and web versions and the need to synchronize both

Using Mendeley

  • Background – the Web Importer and Word Plugin
  • Creating folders and Groups
  • Importing references from PubMed / Google Scholar
  • Adding references manually
  • Adding an article to a bibliographic record
  • Adding an article directly to Mendeley and checking the extracted bibliography
  • Adding folders and setting folders to automatically add articles
  • Inserting citations while writing an article
  • Creating the References section at the end of the article
  • Editing citations and references
  • Citation styles – changing with a single click
  • And… certain other in-depth features
  • Not lose references that you found when you searched
  • Organize references by assigning them to articles / sections of articles / topics to follow
  • Save hours of time when you write articles, by adding citations and references with a click, and editing them equally easily if needed

The Cochrane Library

(Ideally you should have done PubMed – Basics, or at least attended one of our Guest lectures, to get the full benefit of this workshop)

Concepts:

  1. Introduction to the six databases in the Cochrane Library
  2. Understanding Systematic Reviews
  3. Understanding the coverage of CENTRAL (database of Trials)

Using the Cochrane Library

  • Creating an account
  • Browsing the Cochrane Library
  • Basic, Advanced & MeSH searches
  • Using the Search Manager
  • Saving searches
  • Exporting results
  • Understand what a Systematic Review is (and how it differs from a regular Review Article)
  • Learn to find evidence based reviews
  • Learn to locate articles of Level I evidence, in the absence of reviews

And crucially – You will be able to find the best available evidence, to base your treatment on. And that is the best you will give your patients!

Very important

In India, we have access to the Full text of Cochrane Systematic Reviews (the first database in the library) and Abstracts to all other Cochrane databases, thanks to a country wide license – paid for by the Indian Council of Medical Research. It is our duty to ourselves, that we use this resource fully and get a return on this investment!

Mastering PubMed - Advanced

Only those who have attended the PubMed – Basics workshop are eligible for this one

  • MeSH searches in detail – practical exercises
  • Filters – Advanced – based on
    • Article properties
    • Availability in libraries
  • Custom filters
  • Clinical queries – for Evidence
  • Journals in NCBI databases
  • Further customization of My NCBI
  • Do complex searches (Or if you get our help to do searches, you will understand and participate in the process, so that you get both – relevant results and also find “the needle in haystack”
  • Create special filters (that appear on the right side of the screen) so that you know how many results will appear if you filter your search
  • Create combination filters (custom) – eg – Randomized controlled trials in English in the last five years
  • Learn how to find out information about journals more easily – this helps you figure where to publish
  • Customize My NCBI to display search results in different ways to suit your needs

Workshops - Details


Workshops@QMed

At QMed's office we conduct hands on workshops for individuals or two people on dates and timings mutually convenient.

At QMed's Training Venue (near Andheri station) we conduct hands on workshops for 15 participants

More details & registration


Workshops@Institutions / Conferences / Events

Interactive workshops

Any of our workshops can be organized as an "Interactive workshop". We will present slides and also do online demos of searching / reference management, involving the audience as we go, with questions like "What do I type in search box, for this" or "Which button should I click for ...." Participants are made to do small group activities to aid their learning. We recommend 40 participants as an ideal number. Interactive workshops are the right choice if:

  • You are not sure of number of participants
  • Your budget is limited
  • Logistics arrangement is difficult

Duration:

  • Three hours each

Costs:

  • If participants are only UG students - Rs. 10,000/- per workshop
  • For PGs / Faculty / Mixed audience - Rs. 20,000/- per workshop

GST as applicable will be charged at the time of invoicing.

For content coverage, registrations and donation details – please see the respective links on the left menu bar


Hands-on workshops

In this type of workshop, groups of 3 participants share one computer/laptop. All the learning is interspersed with hands on activities carried out by every group.

Minimum - 18 participants. Ideal maximum - 24 participants. Permitted maximum - 30 participants. If you have more than 30 interested participants, please break the group into two sessions

Duration:

  • Half day – 3.5 to 4 hrs (inclusive of tea break)
  • Half day – 3.5 to 4 hrs (inclusive of tea break)

Costs:

If participants are only UG students:

  • Half-day – Rs. 10,000/- up to 20 participants (Rs.500 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers)
  • Full-day – Rs. 16,000/- up to 20 participants (Rs.800 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers)

If participants are PGs / Faculty/ Mixed groups

  • Half-day – Rs. 18,000/- up to 18 participants (Rs.1000 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers)
  • Full-day – Rs. 25,000/- up to 18 participants (Rs.1400 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers)

GST as applicable will be charged at the time of invoicing.


Workshop details at a glance

Workshop Type Duration Participants Charges Additional participants
Interactive 2.5 - 3.00 hours UG students Rs. 10,000/- per workshop -
Interactive 2.5 - 3.00 hours PGs / Faculty / Mixed audience Rs. 20,000/- per workshop -
Hands-on Half day UG students Rs. 10,000/- up to 20 participants Rs.500 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers
Hands-on Full-day UG students Rs. 16,000/- up to 20 participants Rs.800 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers
Hands-on Half day PGs / Faculty / Mixed audience Rs. 18,000/- up to 18 participants Rs.1000 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers
Hands-on Full-day PGs / Faculty / Mixed audience Rs. 25,000/- up to 18 participants Rs.1400 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers

GST as applicable will be charged at the time of invoicing.

Registration: Workshop@QMed's Training Venue - Andheri East

Next Workshop: To be Announced

Donation amounts at a glance

Category Amount - Half day Amount - Full day
UG Students Rs. 500/- Rs. 1000/-
PG Students / Full time PhD students Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1500/-
Working professionals Rs. 2000/- Rs. 3000/-

PG students (excluding Super Specialty) based in Mumbai, who are working on their theses please register through this page - www.qmed.ngo/100pgs

Others (UG, other PGs, full time PhD, faculty, professionals) please scroll down to register


Registration: Workshop@QMed's office

At QMed's office we conduct hands on workshops for individuals or two people on dates and timings mutually convenient.

Location: A-3, Shubham Centre, Ground Floor Cardinal Gracious Road, Chakala, Andheri East, Mumbai - 400099.

Donation amounts at a glance

Category Amount - Half day Amount - Full day
UG Students Rs. 500/- Rs. 1000/-
PG students / Full time PhD students Rs. 1000/- Rs. 2000/-
Working professionals Rs. 2000/- Rs. 4000/-

To register for a Workshop organized by QMed, you need to make your donation first. When you do that, you will get a Donation Reference No, which you will need to provide while registering


Step I : Donation

When you donate with the Danamojo platform, you have the following donation Options – Debit Card / Credit Card / NetBanking / Cheque. Do ideally consider the cards or netbanking options, and opt for the cheque option only if you are not comfortable with the others.

Donate


Donation - Steps

  • Click the Donate button
  • Select the appropriate amount and then Click "Donate now"
  • 1st tab (your information)-> Fill details ->Select "pay now" button
  • 2nd tab (make payment)-> Select payment option. For eg. Credit Card -> Click "pay online"
  • Fill payment details. Click Submit
  • Once payment is successful, a thank you tab with the transaction id will popup
  • Please note the transaction id / donation reference number

Step II : Workshop Registration


registration form


Registration Form


Workshop Registration - Steps

  • Click the Registration Form button
  • Fill in the transaction id
  • Fill in your personal details
  • Select the correct workshop type
  • Enter the date in the format - dd-mm-yy
  • Enter the time in the format - HH:MM AM (eg 10:00 AM) or HH PM (eg 02:00 PM)

Registration for Workshops@Institutions/Events/Conferences


Registration details:

Please download the Registration Document that we need filled in. Please fill in details of all participants and send it to us by email at info@qmed.ngo. (Please ensure that email ids and mobile nos are accurate)

Letter of confirmation:

Please download the letter of confirmation. Please fill it, take the appropriate signature, scan it and send it to us at the earliest to - info@qmed.ngo, to confirm your workshop


Workshop charges at a glance

Workshop Type Duration Participants Charges Additional participants
Interactive 2.5 - 3.00 hours UG students Rs. 10,000/- per workshop -
Interactive 2.5 - 3.00 hours PGs / Faculty / Mixed audience Rs. 20,000/- per workshop -
Hands-on Half day UG students Rs. 10,000/- up to 20 participants Rs.500 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers
Hands-on Full-day UG students Rs. 16,000/- up to 20 participants Rs.800 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers
Hands-on Half day PGs / Faculty / Mixed audience Rs. 18,000/- up to 18 participants Rs.1000 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers
Hands-on Full-day PGs / Faculty / Mixed audience Rs. 25,000/- up to 18 participants Rs.1400 per head for every additional participant up to 30 numbers

GST as applicable will be charged at the time of invoicing.


You can pay by one of the following options

Bank Transfer / Cheque / DD Payment

Bank Transfer

Direct bank transfer to QMed – Account Name – Quality Medical Knowledge Foundation Savings A/c No : 395010100192880 IFS CODE : UTIB0000395 Axis Bank Ltd MIDC-Andheri (Mumbai) Branch


Cheque / DD

On - par Cheques favouring "Quality Medical Knowledge Foundation"

Please courier cheques to

QMed Knowledge Foundation

A-3, Shubham Centre, Cardinal Gracious Road, Chakala, Andheri East, Mumbai 400099


Important Instructions: (For Workshops at Institutions / Events)


Venue & Seating Arrangements for Hands on Workshops:

  • Ideally - square or round tables for every group of three participants. If the tables are large, then two groups could sit at one table
  • Charging points for laptops
  • Enough walking space for the trainer to move around to help groups.

LCD Projection:

  • Do ensure that with the seating arrangement, all participants will be able to view the projected screen clearly - right up to the lowest level.

Internet access:

  • Broadband/networked internet access or a venue where Tata Photon (our data card) signals will be picked up.
  • Or else, do make arrangements for a relevant dongle/data card for us, and inform participants which providers' dongles work.

Punctuality:

  • We would like every workshop to begin punctually at the scheduled time. Please plan for any Institutional formality (welcome address etc) well ahead of this time
  • We expect every participant to be present well in time and stay throughout the workshop. We request that participants who do not attend the full workshop not to be given certificates of completion

Certificates:

  • We request institutions to offer certificates to participants, including our logo and related details.

Outstation programs:

  • Travel reimbursement: Economy air fare, or II AC train fare / luxury bus / taxi fares / petrol costs – as applicable (where flights do not operate) – for one trainer. For more than 18 participants, it would be advisable to have two trainers; so do budget for two if you can
  • Pick up from and drop to the airport / railway station, as applicable.
  • Guest house / safe hotel accommodation if there is a need for an overnight stay

Facts-n-Figures




Testimonials


Loved it!! Would have stayed in the stone age (with regards to PubMed) had I not attended the workshops! Loved the resource persons!!

SIMSCON 2016 

Sriram Prasad

UG student

Searching the literature is a crucial part of training to be a good researcher, whatever the area of research. The American Thoracic Society’s Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical & Operations Research (MECOR) Program trains Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep physicians to do high quality research in these subject areas as a way to improve health and the delivery of health care in low and middle income countries. QMed provides an important part of the MECOR Program Courses as literature searches are an essential component of research training.

Sonia Buist

Professor Emerita of Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

It was a fun session (Mastering PubMed – Basics). I learned new methods with a hands on experience. Would recommend the workshop to everyone in the medical field. It makes PubMed searching fun and easy!

Saurabh Patil

MBBS

Forthcoming workshops


Watched this space for updates.

Recent Workshops


GMC Patiala

Workshop Type: At Institutions

Workshop Duration: Full Day

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 30

Institution / Venue: Government Medical College Patiala

Workshop Mode: Hands on and Interactive

Specialty/Department:

Date: 05-08-2018

Target Audience: other

City: Patiala

Short Course on PubMed and Reference Management by ‘The Union’ (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases), in collaboration with QMed – a ToT initiative

Workshop Type: At Events / Conferences

Workshop Duration: Full Day

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 20

Workshop Mode: Hands on and Interactive

Specialty/Department: Mixed

Date: 30-07-2018

Target Audience: Employed/In Practice

City: Bhubaneshwar

Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College

Workshop Type: At Institutions

Workshop Duration: Full Day

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 29

Institution / Venue: Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College

Workshop Mode: Hands on and Interactive

Specialty/Department: Mixed

Date: 14-07-2018

Target Audience: Pre-PG students, PG students

City: Mumbai

100 PGs 12- Special Project (www.qmed.ngo/100PGs)

Workshop Type: At other venues

Workshop Duration: Half Day

Topic: Reference Management with Mendeley

No. of Participants: 10

Workshop Mode: Hands on and Interactive

Specialty/Department: Mixed

Date: 03-06-2018

Target Audience: PG students

City: Mumbai

Workshops@QMed

Workshop Type: At QMed

Workshop Duration: Half Day

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 2

Institution / Venue: QMed

Workshop Mode: Hands On

Specialty/Department:

Date: 29-05-2018

Target Audience: UG students

City: Mumbai

100 PGs- 11- Special Project (www.qmed.ngo/100PGs)

Workshop Type: At other venues

Workshop Duration: Half Day

Topic: PubMed Basics

No. of Participants: 10

Institution / Venue: QMed Knowledge Foundation

Workshop Mode: Hands On

Specialty/Department: Mixed

Date: 20-05-2018

Target Audience: PG students

City: Mumbai

Workshops so far


Downloads - (Institutions / Events)


Here is a list of documents / forms you can download for discussions and approvals for workshops at Institutions / Events

  1. About QMed Knowledge Foundation
  2. Coverage - PubMed and Mendeley
  3. Detailed information about our Workshops
  4. Sample-QMed Full Day Workshop Program Outline
  5. Letter of Confirmation to organize workshops