Learn Literature Searching & Reference Management through our Online Courses

About our courses:

QMed has taught literature searching and reference management since 2008 April. We have delivered lectures and conducted workshops. Over a span of time, we have had requests to put up our courses online, so that we could reach out to a large number. Spreading our knowledge is our mission and we got our first course online in May 2018, and in September 2019 we added two more courses. During the lockdown we restructured the courses (especially to include the “new PubMed) and got them up and ready in June 2020.

Why are our courses important?

  1. Medical practice evolves with research
  2. Literature search is the foundation of research
  3. If the foundation is weak, the research is weak
  4. Weak results do not contribute to evidence
  5. Good research -a must for evidence based practice

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Some testimonials for our online courses

  • Highly recommended for both under and postgraduate students before they even start their thesis. Lucid description of literature search options and basics of PubMed search is beautifully discussed. Thankful to the faculty for the same. Mrinal Borgohain, Opthalmology, NEI. Testimonial for: Information Resources and Literature Searching
  • Crisp lectures, in simple language with adequate recaps. Well done. Nagesh Simha, Consultant in Palliative Medicine - Karunashraya Hospice. Testimonial for: Introduction to Referencing
  • The topics were covered in short lectures and with online examples and exercises for easy understanding and long term retention. Subarna Mitra, AIIMS Bhubaneshwar. Testimonial for: Mastering PubMed.
  • It is a great course and the resource person has very expertly explained even about the minute details. I recommend this course to everyone who is pursuing research and plan to write articles for prestigious journals. Samrat Singh Bhandar, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences. Testimonial for: Reference Management with Mendeley.

Current Courses:
  • Information Resources & Literature Searching
  • Introduction to Referencing - New!
  • Mastering PubMed
  • Reference Management with Mendeley

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Support our courses

QMed Knowledge Foundation has a small team that has produced very useful courses. We need support to keep our courses up to date, making improvements as and when we feel the need to or if we get suggestions to, and to add new courses. If you are willing to support our courses, please visit www.qmed.ngo/donate-dm and donate to one or more of our online course related donation options.

(Note: The “General Fund” option is not related to our courses, but to our generic needs).

Access for individuals

Any individual can register on our site and access the first two courses - "Information Resources and Literature Searching" and "Introduction to Referencing". Before registering, please see the Instructions page . Soon after you register, you can do the first two courses. We do not wish to charge individuals for our courses. However since we do need funding for sustenance of these courses, we request you to see the above section - "Support our courses". Please visit our donation page - www.qmed.ngo/donate-dm. You will see five specific needs that we have to raise funds towards our online courses. Choose anyone of these and donate. When you donate, in the comments section, please mention that you would like access to our courses. Once we receive your donation we will activate access to the other two courses within 24 hours

Access for Undergraduate Students of all health sciences streams

Important: We specially wish to encourage Undergraduate students of any health sciences stream to learn from us. We believe that the earlier they learn, they are much better prepared for their theses, academics and practice in the years to come. We are offering incentives and prizes to encourage students to learn.

We request UG students to visit this page - to understand how they can avail of QMed's Courses

We are raising funds to spread our skills to a large number of UG students in India. We invite seniors in the profession and members of the public to support this cause. Please visit https://www.qmed.ngo/donate-dm/ and choose the third option: "Help us support & mentor UG students with our online courses" to donate

Institutional access to our courses:

The Medical Council of India’s document – “Competency based undergraduate curriculum for the Indian Medical Graduate” specifies in 3.4.4:

“Demonstrate ability to search (including through electronic means), and critically evaluate the medical literature and apply the information in the care of the patient”

Source: https://www.nmc.org.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/UG-Curriculum-Vol-I.pdf

These skills are rarely taught systematically in the curriculum and we wish to help spread these skills. So we wish to reach all institutions in India and request each one to provide access to all their students, residents, faculty, and healthcare professionals. We believe that with large numbers of institutions taking access, we can keep the costs low. This is a win-win for all. Here are our annual rates for institutional access:

  • Educational Institutions : Rs 40,000/-
  • Hospitals: Rs. 25,000/-
  • Small institutions - Rs. 15,000

GST will be added as applicable at the time of invoicing (Currently it is 18%)

Do send us an email - info@qmed.ngo to learn more about registering for access.

The above rates are for educational / research institutions / hospitals in India.

Pharmaceutical companies in India, please write to us to know about access charges for corporates. We also welcome your support towards our initiative

Individuals and Institutions outside India, do write to us for information about accessing our courses

Future courses planned:
  • Searching the Cochrane Library
  • Reference Management with Zotero
  • And more

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