Helping medical students become better doctors - Foundational work done in Oct-Nov 2013
By Vasumathi Sriganesh - Project Leader
It has been two months since we wrote to you. In the end of October we received an additional $1525 and we thank all donors for this; specially those who donated to us again. We are happy to share with you about the progress of our project.
Five medical schools in Maharashtra are very happy to have us conduct our workshop for their UG students. Two are in our city and three are in other towns in Maharashtra State. The only reason for the delay in actually implementing workshops is, that there was a small delay in the University exams and the institutions can plan dates only after the exams conclude.
We have created the content for two E-learning modules. We have had discussions with a company called Ballistic Learning (BL), who are official partners for Moodle - the open source E-learning tool to integrate the modules in Moodle ensuring best learning experience for our students. BL has expressed their interest in taking up our project and working with us. We also learned from our discussions that for the large audience we need to reach out to, the developmental and technological costs will be much higher than we estimated (tentatively around $25000), and hence we have to steadily plan for larger funding and revenue generation
In a nutshell, we have been able to do a lot of 'back-end' work for the project, and will be able to start the workshops only when the exams issue settles and the institutions are ready to hold them. This is beyond our control and is an unexpected situation. But we have definitely generated the interest, got the nods and have done a lot in the E-learning area, which will support participants once they do our workshop. We are sure that once we start the workshops, we will be able to share many stories of happy students!
And while wishing all of you a Very Happy Festive Season - Merry Christmas and New Year, we'd welcome any additional contributions from those of you who are in the USA and UK; this can help you with your tax exemptions. For those in the UK - we are now registered on Global Giving UK too - so you can avail of tax benefits too.
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