QMed’s Workshops

QMed’s Courses are available online through https://qmed.mediknit.org/ (Once you register and enroll, you will need to login at www.mediknit.org and you will be directed to our course. Currently the course “Mastering PubMed: Basics” is online. Soon there will be two more courses: “Mastering PubMed: Advanced” and “Reference Management with Mendeley”. Still more courses are in the pipeline

Between 2008 and June 2019, we have conducted 240 workshops all over the country. You can search our database of workshops to learn more

We now recommend our online courses for institutions as well as for individuals because we believe that the facility to go back to any video and revise the contents is of great value

However, there still are requests for live workshops. Please go through the tabs on the left to learn more about these

Our workshops 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

Content Coverage

"Mastering PubMed: Basics" is now also available as an ELearning course

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….


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


  • 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)


  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 at Institutions, Conferences, Events

We conduct our workshops at

a) Any health sciences institutions across India.

b) Events / Conferences

The target audience in these events may be UG students, PG students or working professionals from any stream of health sciences. The workshops will be via a mix of slides and online demos. Participants are free to use their laptops to try out some exercises, but the workshops are not hands on.

For the topics we cover and the contents of each, please check the Content Coverage page

Fee per workshop – Rs. 20,000 plus GST as applicable

No of participants – Ideally not more than 50, but there is no restriction

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

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 hand over the cheque to us at the end of the workshop or courier it to

QMed Knowledge Foundation

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

Important Instructions: (For Workshops at Institutions / Events)

General Venue Arrangements:

  • Do ensure that with the seating arrangement, all participants will be able to view the projected screen clearly - right up to the lowest level.
  • If you have a Slide Advancer please make it available for the workshop
  • If the venue is an auditorium, please ensure a table and chair for the speaker, (not a podium)

Internet access:

  • Broadband/networked internet access or a venue where Vodafone data signals will be picked up
  • Or else, do make arrangements for any internet access facility - another provider's hotspot or dongle


  • 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


  • 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)
  • 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


We recommend that individuals register for our “Online courses” and learn. Apart from learning, you will also be entitled to get help from us, through email / Skype calls or personal visits. Again, there are individuals who still prefer live workshops; here are the details for the same:

At QMed's office we conduct hands on workshops for 1-3 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 (one workshop topic) Amount - Full day (two workshop topics)
UG Students Rs. 1000/- Rs. 2000/-
PG Students / Full time PhD students Rs. 2000/- Rs. 4000/-
Working professionals Rs. 3000/- Rs. 6000/-

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.


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)

At QMed's Training Venue (near Andheri station) we conduct hands on workshops for 15 participants, on request by a group. Please get in touch with us for details



Testimonial given at a workshop conducted in ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar

This I think was a much needed workshop for the researchers as well as students – especially pursuing Public Health Courses. The students and faculty of medical colleges and nursing institutions should undergo this training program.

Subrata Kumar Pal

RMRC, Bhubaneswar

Testimonial given at a workshop conducted in ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar

The PubMed course should be included in the UG curriculum as a health information retrieval course – as an elective module along with the foundation course. I have attended a few such workshops before as a participant and resource person as well, but this workshop touched me. I am very much influenced by your style of presentation and demonstration, I would love to associate with your online course. Thank you

Srikanta Kanungo

RMRC, Bhubaneswar

Testimonial given at a workshop conducted in ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar

Excellent teaching. We need to take the E-learning course to refine and update our knowledge and skills. If RMRC does as an institution it is well and good, otherwise we can pay and be the member. We may need help while we will be doing literature search. Best Wishes.

Madan Mohan Pradhan

RMRC, Bhubaneswar

Forthcoming workshops

Watched this space for updates.

Recent Workshops

ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre Bhubaneswar

Workshop Type: At Institutions

Workshop Duration: Two days

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 25

Institution / Venue: ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre

Workshop Mode: Hands On


Date: 27-07-2019

Target Audience: Public Health Researchers

City: Odisha

Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai

Workshop Type: At Institutions

Workshop Duration: Full Day

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 26

Institution / Venue: Breach Candy Hospital

Workshop Mode: Interactive

Specialty/Department: Mixed

Date: 19-05-2019

Target Audience: PG students, Employed/In Practice

City: Mumbai

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar

Workshop Type: At Institutions

Workshop Duration: Full Day

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 45

Institution / Venue: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar

Workshop Mode: Interactive

Specialty/Department: Mixed

Date: 27-04-2019

Target Audience: Employed/In Practice

City: Bhubaneswar

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar

Workshop Type: At Institutions

Workshop Duration: Full Day

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 45

Institution / Venue: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar

Workshop Mode: Interactive

Specialty/Department: Mixed

Date: 26-04-2019

Target Audience: Employed/In Practice

City: Bhubaneswar


Workshop Type: At QMed

Workshop Duration: Full Day

Topic: PubMed Basics and Reference Management

No. of Participants: 1

Institution / Venue: QMed

Workshop Mode: Hands On

Specialty/Department: Dentistry

Date: 11-04-2019

Target Audience: PG students

City: Mumbai

Quest – Pune

Workshop Type: At Institutions

Workshop Duration: Half Day

Topic: PubMed Basics

No. of Participants: 33

Institution / Venue: Quest - Pune

Workshop Mode: Interactive


Date: 09-03-2019

Target Audience: UG students

City: Pune

Workshops so far

Downloads - (Institutions / Events)

Download a proposal for conducting a workshop in your institution / at an event

In case you need more details, for discussions and approvals for workshops at Institutions / Events, here is a list of documents forms you can download

  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
Page checked / updated on 08-Aug-2019