JIMA: Largest Medical Journal in Print Closes Shop

The Journal of the Indian Medical Association seems to have ceased publication in March, according to this newspaper article, which caught my attention recently. There was some conflict leading to the March issue not being published. I checked the JIMA website, and it seems to have been put out of show; it links to a placeholder page for now: The JIMA, as it is affectionately … Continue reading JIMA: Largest Medical Journal in Print Closes Shop

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The Parable of the Farmers Plagued by Rats: AKA Publications in Advancing Medical Careers

There was a small island kingdom, inhabited by a peaceful race of people who prospered through the advances they had made in agriculture. One day, they were visited by a shipful of traders from a faraway and exotic country. However, unknown to them, stowed away in the holds of the ship, came a few rats. Now these rats had a free run in the island … Continue reading The Parable of the Farmers Plagued by Rats: AKA Publications in Advancing Medical Careers

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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide: The Dark Knight Falls

From Aaron’s last blog post:

Thus Master Wayne is left without solutions. Out of options, it’s no wonder the series ends with his staged suicide.

A year younger to me, and yet, he’s achieved ore than I could imagine achieving in my whole life, and at the untimely age of 26 years, he has gone and ended it. Don’t remember who Aaron Swartz is? He brought out the Guerilla Open Access movement into the open. The Robin Hood of the Open Access revolution, he was a Dark Knight. He downloaded 4.8 million papers off JSTOR servers, and ended up getting indicted for “wire fraud, computer fraud”. First reported by The Tech, MIT, this news has trickled through the interwebs and people like me are still trying to grapple with the implications.

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Literature Search Workshop at UCMS: Extra-Curricular Academics at the MEU

The Medical Education Unit at the University College of Medical Sciences, where I am now doing my residency, is a small, but super-active group of people, and they presented today a workshop on Literature Searching and Reference Management. Although the target audience was mainly the Residents, there was some spill-over as well. There were students from 3rd Semester, Final Semester and even an Intern or … Continue reading Literature Search Workshop at UCMS: Extra-Curricular Academics at the MEU

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Protocol Writing Workshop 2012 and Falling in Love… with UCMS!

As residents, one of the most important things that we have to do is complete a dissertation, or thesis in course of our training. This is one of the credits we need to have obtained in order to be eligible to sit for the final MD exams. The basic aim of doing a thesis is introducing us to research and honing our observation, analytic and … Continue reading Protocol Writing Workshop 2012 and Falling in Love… with UCMS!

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Charles Beevor: The Sign of a “Bloody” Jerk

Forgive the hyperbolic title. Do not take offense and read on before hating on me. Please note the post script for added justification for this inflammatory title, if you so feel. Thanks. Now on with the main show! Not the best known of neurologists, history has not been very kind to this amicable gentleman, who was, like many other physicians of his era, a very … Continue reading Charles Beevor: The Sign of a “Bloody” Jerk

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