Dermatology Topics for ICMR-STS

Can you suggest ideas for ICMR research (STS) in dermatology? For ICMR-STS, you have to depend on a guide from your medical school. So, it would largely be guided by her/his experience of working in the medical school. The topic that you can do, would depend on what kind of clinical materials, patients and mentorship you have access to in your medical school. First, I would … Continue reading Dermatology Topics for ICMR-STS

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Research Mentorship for MBBS/MD Students in India: The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Program

There are very limited opportunities for Indian medical students and even residency trainees, to engage in high quality mentorship program focusing on development of research skills. The newly launched DIPS program is one such. I am reproducing the content from the India Alliance website below. You can check their site out here. Rapid developments in biomedicine and information technology are ushering in a new age … Continue reading Research Mentorship for MBBS/MD Students in India: The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Program

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What's your p-value?

Ronald Fisher and Some Thoughts on the p-Value

One of the most discussed, debated and controversial issues in medical research is the p-value. I came across Ronald Fisher’s take on this matter in his work, Statistical Methods for the Research Worker, 1925 (the text of this work has been made available online by Christopher D. Green of the York University): “The value for which P=0.05, or 1 in 20, is 1.96 or nearly … Continue reading Ronald Fisher and Some Thoughts on the p-Value

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ICMR Opens STS-2015 Applications: Research Opportunity for Undergraduate Medical Students in India

The Indian Council of Medical Research has a run a very prestigious and increasingly sought after summer research programme for MBBS students in India, called the Short Term Studentship (STS) Program since 1979. They have opened up the call for applications for the program for 2015. You can check out more about the program here. This is one of the very few well-stablished research support … Continue reading ICMR Opens STS-2015 Applications: Research Opportunity for Undergraduate Medical Students in India

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Thoughts on h-index (and Google Scholar Metrics 2014)

The 2014 Google Scholar Metrics have been released a week or so now. The list for the top twenty journals in Health and Medicine are: [drumroll] Now, one thing that needs to be clarified is that the Google Scholar citation index used is the h-index (over a period of 5 years). The interesting thing is that, this is slightly different from the more famous Impact … Continue reading Thoughts on h-index (and Google Scholar Metrics 2014)

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The Man with a million hits: John Ioanndis

If you are not aware of Prof. John Ioannidis and his work, well, you must have been living buried under the proverbial rock (also known as AIPG/AIIMS papers). He is what people usually call a gadfly. He wrote an article which took the world by storm, and not just for a day or two! He reached what is commonly known in the social media scene … Continue reading The Man with a million hits: John Ioanndis

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