CIMS is online

An online reference for Indian pharmaceutical products is something I always wished for. Though there are similar services for US pharma products, they are quite useless from an Indian context. Current Index of Medical Specialties (CIMS) has always been a ready reckoner among Indian physicians for drug reference. Now the contents of CIMS is available on the net at their website at

CMPMedica is a leading healthcare media company providing tailored solutions to a global healthcare market. They provide reference data, decision support solutions, news and education to communities of general practitioners, specialist doctors, pharmacists, nurses and patients across 26 countries.

The website is quite intuitive and you can search either CIMS or Searchmedica. You can choose to search for druginfo, interactions or diagnoses. I liked the feature of interactions but won't comment on the diagnoses option. Though I was interested only on Indian pharma products, you can search for info from other countries in Asia as well. I liked the fact that they have a PDA friendly version of the site. Though PDAs are yet to catch up among the Indian doctors, it is good to have a lightweight version of a site to browse on the mobile phone.

Thanks to Mr. Satish for pointing me to this site for his comment on my previous post about online drug references for Indian pharmaceutical products.

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Free phone calls from India to USA

I always wondered whether there is any free VOIP solution to call my friends in USA. ICall is a small software which will let you connect to any phone in USA for a few minutes. You can call your beloved ones in US and give your extension number which they can dial for free from their local number which is listed on the website. Those who can afford to pay can get unlimited free outgoing and a virtual number in USA. Do let me know if you have any better option :-)

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PG entrance coaching

The Indian Medical Association, Thiruvananthapuram branch has already started its 21st weekly CME series for post graduate orientation for the year 2008-09. According to the organizers of the programme, it is a fully restructured and scientifically designed advanced CME series by eminent teachers drawn from all over the state of Kerala, India. Printed notes and explanatory notes will be issued. Periodic revision, assessments including frequent model tests and surprise tests will be conducted.

Not much is needed to be said about the extremely competitive arena of the Indian Medical PG entrance test. Interested persons can contact the IMA branch at

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Free ebooks for download

Wowio is offering copyrighted high quality books for download in pdf format for free. You can sign up for a free account and can download upto 30 books in a month with a limit of 3 books in one day. You can give your friends a surprise gift by sending them an ebook by email.

They have a wonderful collection of books which I always wanted to buy but never did either because they were expensive or were not available in the local bookstore. I also liked the way the ebooks are displayed in the website and enjoyed browsing through the collection.

My book rack is already out of space though I would like to increase my library collection and ebooks seems to be a perfect solution. Also this is one way of avoiding unnecessary wastage of paper and helps in environment conservation.

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A Red Letter Day

"In this country of vast socio-economic disparities and inequities, it is unjust and misleading to define merit in an academic fashion. Should there not be a way by which `merit' is translated into actual relief for the millions of our people in rural and tribal areas?"

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