Nov 5, 2018

Our ELearning Course reaches out to many!

In our report for June 2018 we had mentioned about the launch of our first ELearning course. This was on "Mastering PubMed". The course was launched in mid May and between then and now, we have around 30 plus individuals who have registered. More importantly, a very large association - The Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (known as AMASI) has subscribed to our course for all its members - totalling more than 10000 in number! This was a big success story for us! 

In all our years of promoting our workshops and teaching, we were constantly told that surgeons would not have time for such learning and are not our likely audience. So it was a really happy moment for us when the first Association that signed up for our course was one of surgeons. 

We have also approached medical schools, residency programs, research institutions and hospitals asking them to take up our course for their students, residents and health professionals. Quite a few have indicated interest, and we are hoping to see more signups. 

The good part is that if many large institutions sign up for our ELearning courses, QMed Knowledge Foundation will move towards self sustenance and then we hope that we can raise funds for more specific projects. It is important for non-profits like ours to reach that stage. In the last five years every donor's contribution has helped us build our strength to where we are today and where we hope to reach. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

What we would like from every donor is to join the group of recurring donors that we have. Could you plan out what you would like to give QMed per month and sign up to be a recurring donor? We hope that in a year to eighteen months we could write to you and then ask for your recurring donations to again be converted to donations for specific purposes. Hoping to see many more recurring donors - whether you choose to give $10 per month of anything up to $500 

Happy Diwali from India! 

Vasumathi

Aug 8, 2018

Improving our Social Impact Measurement: a Renewed Effort

You have always read stories about people we help. This time we share a story about how we are working to help ourselves build a better QMed! This - by working on our Impact Measurement methods

Global Giving held the Social Impact Academy between June and July, 2018, for non-profits hosted on its portal. QMed was privileged to be a part of the cohort of fifty chosen to participate in the Academy!

QMed has an active student base that it continuously attempts to engage. We have had our efforts in place, but always wanted better ways to measure the impact of our efforts. The Academy taught us the importance of change that has meaning and can be measured. What was special about this Academy? Let me list some of it for you:

  • The Academy taught us, over and over, the importance of involving service receivers in this scenario. In several exercises that we had to do, we took feedback / discussed with the people we help, and got their inputs. We learned how much more we could do this way. 

  • We learned to acknowledge the importance of giving emphasis to our failure stories. Facing failure, writing about the failure story and learning from it, was emphasized - it made us more grateful when we had to recover from a slump in one of our projects.

  • Among the most important things we gained from the Academy was a log-frame for our activities. The idea, as we understood from reading the Academy notes, was not to make metrics that would appeal to donors alone, but ones which we would be able to understand and work with as well. We have to link the outputs and the impact we desire, to the ways in which these people- our people- operate (something we learnt from the Theory of Change).

  • Another crucial take-away was a comprehensive feedback loop. We learnt the two questions to ask to gauge levels of community involvement:

    • Are we doing the things you want us to do?
    • Are they of the highest priority/value to you?

  • Thanks to the Academy, we now have a feedback loop that we can use to engage our participants further, know what they want from us and use it in the future to keep improving.

  • The penultimate webinar talked of the importance of stories and how we need to get powerful stories that when shared would help not just donors be happy, but the people we help too - to understand what all we can do for them

We now have a host of new ideas and learning experiences about how to translate these ideas to action. We are putting what we learnt to use in our actions every-day, and hope to do much better in our impact generation areas. 

We attach a log frame that we created for the Lectures that we deliver and have started implementing some of the means of verification, and we still need to work harder to be accurate in this, but we are at it - full force! 

Do let us know if you have more ideas to share!  We would welcome inputs from you. 


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Jun 25, 2018

Surgical residents do not have time for research? Well this one did!

Aditi
Aditi

"Residents in Surgery do not get enough time for research" is what we hear ever so often. Well, Aditi who recently finished her Residency in a medical school in our city made time to do the right research for her thesis. Here is her story

Thesis writing, for a postgraduate resident is a compulsory element in the program. It is also a very interesting part of the course, but for most of us we learn that it can be interesting, rather late. When it is almost the time for submission. Many of us feel that we could have learned more, if it had all been more structured.

One of the very interesting learning for the thesis activity is  “Literature searching and Referencing”. I feel that if only we could have invested time for this, around the second, third and fourth post, then our thesis writing can become much better. Residency programs are of three years duration and each set of six months is called “a post”. We have six posts in all.

Luckily for me, I was introduced to QMed and Vasumathi ma’am a little early – in my second year. They helped me in discovering this interesting side of thesis writing. Finding the right literature, from the right sources turned out to be so very important. In the Indian programs, we are hardly exposed to learning this in our curriculum. And many residents find literature through trial and error searching. I learned about QMed and Mrs Vasumathi from a faculty member and chose to learn the right skills from them. They not only taught me how to search and how to use a reference manager to store my results and then cite them in my thesis, but also supported me with my doubts and queries as I worked on my thesis.

Looking back I feel that it would have been wonderful if my co-residents and I had learned all this during our undergraduate (medical school) days, or at least during internship. If we had, we would have been aware of how deep and intricate the entire process of thesis writing is. We would have put in more steady, sustained efforts. It would have been even greater learning. The need to do a thesis, I believe, is a huge opportunity to get introduced to doing research correctly. In spite of having crazy clinical schedules I believe I grabbed the opportunity to learn. And am thankful for  how much I learned.

QMed guides students and researchers at all levels and I wish more people could get the benefits of learning from them. Vasumathi ma’am has been a tremendous and dependable support in teaching me how to find the right literature.

I’m deeply obliged to QMed for guiding me in this aspect of research methodology.

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Aditi shared with us that based on all articles she read - thanks to our guiding her in searching, she made sure that she took the right samples of patients and did all she could to make her research original. This unlike the regular trend amongst hard-pressed-for-time-residents who tend to take an older thesis and do their studies with minor modifications

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Help us reach out to more such residents. If they learn these skills they are getting themselves ready to offer Evidence Based treatment options to their patients.  So far we have reached out to many, and we are happy to share that 23 participants have enrolled for our ELearning course too! 

A donation of $10 or more helps us reach out our skills across the country. Thank you for your donation/s and for spreading the word 

 
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