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

  • A beautifully structured course and clear explanation. Facts are well presented in a subtle, but very effective manner. Thank you to all the efforts behind this initiative. Akshay Raghavan.S - Student, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. Testimonial for: Information Resources and Literature Searching
  • I learnt a lot and it gave me a good grounding in the basics. I found the course interesting and rewarding. I enjoyed your course tremendously and I look forward to taking another class with you. I am really thankful to Vasumathi Sriganesh ma'am, It's great experience for me to join this course. Courses are very informative and I am looking forward to more courses. Sravya Vannada- Student, NIPER Mohali. Testimonial for: Mastering PubMed
  • Faculty is very well versed with the topics. Her presentation skill is excellent. All topics covered under this course were excellent. She explains all concepts beautifully. All the three course are very good. Since it is divided into smaller topics of short duration, it is easy to understand and learn. Faculty Mrs. Vasumathi Sriganesh is an excellent teacher. I really liked listening to her.Prameela M.D.- KMC Managalore. Testimonial for: Reference Management with Mendeley

Current Courses:
  • Information Resources & Literature Searching
  • 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

We do not wish to charge individuals. However since we do need funding for sustenance of these courses, we request you to see the above section - "Support our courses" and give us a suitable donation. Once you donate, you could use the comments option that appear when you fill your details, or you could write to us at info@qmed.ngo about your donation and your interest in our courses, and we will activate access for you. Thank you for choosing to donate – you become a part of our mission to spread our skills and help advance medical research and practice! Do let us know if you could help us in any other way for spreading our mission.

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. To support these students, we are working out plans to create incentives for them to enroll in our courses, and getting benefactors who will offer the necessary sustenance for us to support them. Do watch this space for further announcements.

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.mciindia.org/CMS/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/UG-Curriculum-Vol-III.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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