Education  India Project #14455

Helping medical students become better doctors

by QMed Knowledge Foundation
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors
Helping medical students become better doctors

We have heard that "You can take a horse to the water, but you cannot make it drink". This is a challenge that we are slowly becoming aware of as medical colleges subscribe to our online courses. 

The college can pay and make our courses available to all, but ensuring that most, if not all students and faculty do the courses is another thing. We at QMed had not given much thought to what we could do about this. We have sent reports about usage of the platform to institutions, but did not do more.

Last week, the librarian of a small research institution that had paid for access in end September 2020, approached us and said that they were concerned that the usage of our courses platform was not as good as the institution would like it to be. He asked if we could have an online session with their scientists and researchers to tell them more about our platform and motivate them to engage better.

We worked on this. In an online meeting where most of them participated, we told them how many had got started on the courses (the number was 23/34 which was actually not too bad). Then we told them that we would love to see all of them starting and finishing all courses.

We explained to them that most video lessons are less than six minutes duration. The longest video is of only 12 mintues duration. It is easy to complete at least 1 - 3 lessons in a day!  The best part is that since the courses are available on the mobile too, people could actually manage one or more videos during any breaks in a day! 

We explained the areas of the website, the easy navigation and how we made the feedback process easy too. With a brief orientation of the key elements, we then appealed to their hearts - "Let us all work together to improve research skills in India. Each of you is an important person in this effort". 

This session went very well with some interactions after our presentation. We now plan to do this for every institution once they are on board. We hope to make a bid difference! 

Do wish us well in reaching out to 530 medical schools and a whole lot of dental, nursing and other institutions! 

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In December 2020, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital (SMVMCH)  in Puducherry (South India) subscribed for the access to our courses. 

This is the second medical college to take access after AIIMS Bhubaneswar in July 2020. (Three other colleges had taken access from our earlier platform). 

What is important about this institution? For a few years, they had invited QMed to conduct its workshops not only for their faculty and residents, but also for medical students from various institutions attending a conference for Undergrad students that they organized annually. They helped us spread our training among many students who attended this event. 

Then, this institution also made it mandatory for postgraduate residents working on their dissertations, to submit their search strategies. I believe I would be correct if I said that no other institution in India would ask for this. 

Then, their Dean of Research - Dr Amol D had attended an extensive workshop organized jointly by The Union and QMed, on literature searching and referencing. So he himself has learnt these skills from us in great detail

All these factors together, made it easy for them to subscribe to our courses. Dr Amol mentioned that they will ensure that every postgraduate resident shows them a certificate of completion of this course. 

We are making all efforts to encourage more medical colleges to follow these steps

Do wish us luck! 

And from all of us at QMed - your donations are an important component of whatever we have completed. We will work hard to make you feel proud of your having supported us!  

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Dr RD is a well known Neurologist in the city of Pune, India, He writes extensively on Social Media on several topics related to Medicine, medical practice, education and more. He met our Founder at an event, got to know about QMed's work and featured us in his page. He describes our Founder as "The Indian Medical Saraswati". Saraswati is the Goddess of learning and education in India. Dr RD is happy for his posts to be shared unedited and we reproduce it below.  

 

The Indian Medical Saraswati!

In spite of tough training in medical subjects and patient care through grueling schedules, doctors seriously lack certain skills. Besides administration, doctors in India are also deprived of special training in fluent, correct communicative languages, handling of finances, dealing with goons and violent relatives. But the most serious concern in today’s medical training in India is lack of orientation towards proper use of medical literature, research resources, searching, referencing and presenting academic as well as research papers. Students, teachers and professionals often waste far too much time searching and referencing, and time is a precious commodity for this group of professionals.

 A medical librarian, Mrs. Vasumathi  realised this long ago, and ventured to rectify the shortcoming, via her own platform named QMed.

QMed Knowledge Foundation is a Mumbai based not for profit Trust. This Foundation is primarily working to make a change in the medical and allied health education and research areas. The trust has conducted over 200 workshops on how to search the medical & allied literature and how to use reference management softwares to correctly and easily insert citations and references in theses, journal articles and more.

QMed's mission is to reach out its courses to every nook and corner in the country To make this possible QMed has done the following:

a) The courses can be done in "bytes" - an average learning video is just about five minutes long

b) The courses can be done at one's convenience

c) Currently there are four courses that may take about a total of 15 hours, but can be done over a full year

d) They can be done on a mobile or on a computer

e) The courses are affordable (annually 40K for a medical college, 25K for a hospital and 15K for a small research institution. For individuals we ask for a donation of Rs 2000 (or more if they can give)

f) UG students are offered incentives to learn these early in their academic journeys! (They ask for a donation of Rs 250/- and they have great chances of winning prizes of 250, 500 or 1000)

g) In addition, QMed offers support by way of group webinars - and even with short personal consultations.

Mrs Vasumathi has gained recognition as a speaker by the MUHS and MMC, and as a member of the Academy of Health Professionals and Educators.

I am proud to associate myself with QMed and appeal to all medical students in India / Anywhere to utilise the resource to evolve beyond being an average doctor without research orientation. I think all medical institutions in India should associate themselves with QMed.

 Hats Off to this Indian Medical Saraswati!

 

 

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December is here and while the year is rather sombre, we hope everyone has something to celebrate and feel thankful for. 

We certainly do. In my last report I had mentioned that we were soon going to launch a new course and we did. On the 25th of November we finished creating and hosted a new open-to-all course - :"Introduction to Referencing"

The Introduction to Referencing course came into being, as we had observed that our education system in India does not by default teach students about citing, referencing and various styles. And so, a medical (or health sciences) student often finds these jobs a tad difficult when he / she starts medical / research writing

While we do have a course on a Reference Management software, we felt the need for this introductory course. We made it in such a way that it is ideal for someone new to referencing, but even for those who have had some experience, this course helps them teach others, (or simply refer them here for learning) 

Having spread the word on 28th November about the course - we noticed that between the 28th and 29th - ten people started and completed the course. Till date - that is - 9th December - nearly 30 people have finished the course. Not bad at all. 

Some of the feedback we received are:

  • Important points simplified for beginners
  • This is a useful course - very easy to understand
  • Thank you for the beautiful and useful teaching

Scores that we got were:

  • Overall rating of the course                   -9.22/10
  • Likelihood of recommending to others - 9.25/10
  • Relevance in the individual's context -   9.17 /10
  • Course delivery by faculty                   - 9.65/10

Overall this makes us feel very satisfied. Of course the bigger challenge is in reaching out to large numbers! 

Could you help by:

a) Referring www.qmedcourses.in to health professsionals and students in India? 

b) Support this activity by a recurring monthly donation - yourself, and by asking one more person? 

Thank you, and Season's Wishes! 

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In my last report I had shared this great story about how we raised a lot of money to support medical (and other health sciences) students to get access to our courses and mentoring

Soon after - we have had a few students join in. Three of them - Devang, Srinidhi and Saloni finished our courses within the one month deadline. 

Devang scored 100% in two courses and 92% in the third. However he also pointed out a couple of errors in our videos (not pointed out by anyone else earlier!) and also helped us rephrase a couple of questions to avoid ambiguity. So as a special case, we awarded him the Rs 1000/- prize money that we offer to those who get a 100% in all three courses

Srinidhi scored 100% in two courses and 96% in the third. We awarded him Rs 500/- as prize money

Saloni scored 100% in the first, 96% in the second and 91% in the third - so she too was awarded Rs 500/- as prize money

We so far have 10 students enrolled and really need to encourage lots more. Do wish us luck on this. 

And - to share another bit of great news, we are very soon adding another course - very suitable to UG students - "Introduction to Referencing". We hope that the addition of this course will encourage many more to join in

Do wish us luck and do spread the word about our great work. 

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