Apr 18, 2019

Getting ready for a Residency Program

Dipti coaching Rutuja
Dipti coaching Rutuja

Rutuja recently completed her Undergraduate program in Dentistry and will soon be joining a Residency program. One of her faculty members advised her to learn literature searching and referencing from QMed, telling her that these skills would be much needed for her Residency program. Rutuja had earlier been engaged in medical writing activities and was keen. She attended the PubMed and Mendeley workshops at our office recently and here is what she shared with us:  

When I first started searching for articles for my research project, I struggled to find appropriate references. I was not aware of different databases used to find articles and had very limited knowledge of referencing and literature searching. That is when I was introduced to Vasumathi Sriganesh Ma’am and QMed, by my University professor. 

Attending this course has proven to be extremely helpful. I learned immensely about PubMed searches and how to search for articles on these databases systematically and methodically using different Boolean operators, fields and tags. The session also included – Mendeley Software training which helped me cite and store articles with ease. It also helped me overcome all the difficulties I faced while searching, writing and referencing the article and hence I am grateful for the guidance and this experience. This is going to help me tremendously when I move abroad for my Master’s program. 

I highly recommend this course to anyone who will be starting their Research projects or Thesis, as the quality of information conveyed by the QMed team will definitely prove beneficial.

 It was wonderful having Rutuja at our office for the workshop. She was very keen and very sharp in absorbing what we taught. We are often asked if what we teach is really applicable and is understood by Undergraduate (medical/ allied health courses) students and if this is too early for them, but we believe that this is the best time to learn. And Rutuja's enthusiasm and understanding, only strengthened our belief. Our teaching has to get into the Undergraduate medical / dental and all allied health curricula! 

Apr 5, 2019

A young resident gets publications accepted. And thanks QMed for its role!

Dr Rukman
Dr Rukman

Dear QMed Team

It is with immense pleasure that I share - that two original articles I authored, have got accepted in peer-reviewed PubMed indexed international journals. Thanks to all your support Vasumathi Sriganesh Maam and QMed. I started my post-graduate career in KEM with your workshop in QMed Knowledge Foundation for literature search. On that day I realized I have accidentally reached the right place for guidance. I can’t explain how those small tips in our literature search workshop (which I attended twice) have helped us in the detailed literature review and also during the process of manuscript writing.

It was a Wow moment for me when you recommended me to meet Dr Rujuta who later became guide.  And Dr Rujuta suggested me to meet you for publication knowledge and guidance. The exposure to QMed at the right time has decreased my latent period for the publication process. It was a fast process for me. All thanks to Vasumathi Sriganesh ma'am and my Guide. I will keep on recommending QMed Knowledge Foundation to my juniors and colleagues to are interested in research activities and literature search. Cheers!



Note: We had featured Rukman in an earlier report - where he shared his story with us, soon after his thesis protocol was accepted. Rukmanis now almost finishing his residency and in the three years has helped QMed a lot, in several ways. Getting two articles accepted in reputed journals is an accomplishment for a resident doctor. His guide had mentioned to me that he had managed to get a good grant for a research project and we are very proud of him. We wish him the very best! 

Feb 19, 2019

Emerging from the occasional tough time

Mentoring-MECOR 2019
Mentoring-MECOR 2019

I guess every non profit goes through tough (read crazy!) times once in a while. We had one of ours too, recently. One of our core team members quit, and I had to take significant time off from work for a lovely family event - the birth of grandchildren. Which meant that I did work from home, but obviously the quantum was lower than normal. 

We also were hit by the very unexpected death of one of our Trustees on the morning of the 1st of January 2019. We were naturaly very saddened by this event. Such times take us a couple of steps back, but they also become times when we introspect and do more to strengthen ourselves. After coming to terms with this, our team with another Trustee put our heads together and have made note of a number of things to take care of with such unexpected events. It also highlights the fact that we need to work on succession planning. 

We still need to add another new Trustee (we are in the process of finding and selecting one) and a team member to replace the one who has left. Both jobs are hard when our work area is so niche! But we are sure we will find the best, as always. 

Meanwhile things have started picking up. We have had some good feedback from participants of our ELearning course. One was from a Surgeon - Dr Rahul - who wrote - "The PubMed course is amazingly good. Vasumathi has elaborated the search methods in very crisp details"

Then between December and now, we have delivered ten lectures, conducted two workshops and I personally mentored around 28 participants who attended MECOR - a Research Workshop conducted by a group from the American Thoracic Society - with the literature searching, for their topics. In these events, we started a system of asking participants what their "Aha moments", were, during the session. The most popular answers are "Learning about Boolean operaturs and MeSH"! For the uninitiated, these are very basic learnings for good medical literature searching. We can see that our ELearning Course is much needed for our health sciences students as well as professionals!

We are sure that in the coming months, we will share some great developments! We thank you for your donations and seek your ongoing support. We specially look forward to more Monthly Recurring Donations. 

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