Students Mentorship Programme for Systematic Reviews and Evidence Based Public Health at Mangalore
We initiated the mentorship program at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore on Jan 2013. We identified 6 undergraduate medical students and given a brief overview of the systematic review and its importance in evidence based healthcare. Through analogies, anecdotes and simple exercises, coupled with an active interactive mode of explanation, all their first-timer doubts were cleared and the foundation was set.
After half an hour of an informal exercise, each one of the mentees went up to the board and chalked down their perception of a systematic review and the essential components that they thought should be a part of the process of the review, Dr. Nair explained the matter in detail using a review published in Cochrane library as reference. After having listened to the explanation by Dr. Nair and Dr. Unnikrishnan through this example, they were much more confident about being able to try a systematic review out by themselves!.
Following this, they all were given a task to write a plain language summary of a Systematic Review. Having completed this task, they were eagerly waiting for the next meeting to delve further into the world of Evidence Based Medicine.
Dr.B.Unnikrishnan, Chief of Mentorship program at KMC, Mangalore is Professor& Head of Community Medicine as well as Dy.Director of Student Affairs. He is a member of Manipal University Ethics Committee and also the member of Cochrane Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS group, presently working on 2 Systematic reviews, one is accepted for publication titled “Pyronaridine combined with artemesinin for treating uncomplicated falciparum Malaria”. Has published more than 80 articles in peer reviewed indexed journals. Is the PI for many research projects funded by ICMR, MOHFW, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, NIH, USA. Internal Mentor & Supervisor for the ASCEND Research network (Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-Communicable Disease) a US NIH Millennium Promise Award to support the development of an Asian Non-Communicable disease (NCD) Research Network over five years (2010 – 2014).