Health
 India
Project #14455

Helping medical students become better doctors

by QMed Knowledge Foundation
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Summary

When medical students become doctors they have to stay updated with the best available evidence of global practices. QMed teaches them the skills to search online for the best evidence - a lacuna in their training. This becomes ingrained in their daily activities and results in better patient care. We have reached out to over 13,000 participants and need to cover nearly a million. We are also developing E-Learning courses to reach out to students, doctors & health librarians across India.
$50,000
total goal
$20,598
remaining
192
donors
3
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

Healthcare delivery needs to be based on best practices in the world. Searching online resources is a daunting task. Members of the governing bodies of the country, themselves being untrained, have not included "correct searching methods" in the curriculum. The current teachers, librarians & professionals - not trained in this task - cannot teach these to students; so healthcare providers may not retrieve the best available evidence. Patients thus may not be treated based on the best evidence.

Solution

This project will help medical students, residents and teachers understand the importance and the correct scientific ways of searching for the best available evidence. Teachers and librarians will guide students better, and students who learn these skills today will teach the same to students of tomorrow. E-Learning modules of these courses will ensure reaching out to a wide audience across the country. Students and doctors will save a lot of time and give patients better evidence based care.

Long-Term Impact

By empowering students, librarians and health professionals with strong search skills, there will be a huge improvement in their research activities. Research output in India will increase and be evidence based. The investments made by libraries and research bodies for access to research resources, will be well utilized. Doctors and students will have lot more time for patients and for themselves. The community will get healthcare services based on best global practices

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.qmed.ngo
A tutorial to understand the basics of searching
A tutorial on the basics of medical writing
Our blog with insights and discussions
A directory of resources we compile

Organization Information

QMed Knowledge Foundation

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​www.qmed.ngo
Project Leader:
Vasumathi Sriganesh
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
$29,402 raised of $50,000 goal
 
348 donations
$20,598 to go
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