With a view to taking its medical education and training to another level, the Moti Lal Nehru Medical College (MLNMC) has entered into an agreement with ERMED- India Consortium of National Medical Library to provide free access to 244 E-Journals of world renowned medical academy and associates to its students and faculty members. These journals include the American Academy of Pediatrics, BMJ Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Lippincott William Wilkins, Oxford University Press and Royal Society of Medicine Press.
The ERMED is coordinated through the National Medical Library situated in New Delhi. The government Medical College can join this initiative. It is an initiative of the doctor general of health services (DGHS) and the minister of health and family welfare to develop nationwide electronic information resources in the field of medicine in India.
"The authorities provide financial support to government medical colleges to purchase electronic journals. We have got approval to access 244 E-Journals on four computers while one computer system which has this facility is installed at the central library of the MLNMC, the other is at the telemedicine unit at Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital for the convenience of junior doctors, professors and teachers. The third computer is at SN children Hospital and the fourth at Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (MD Eye Hospital) and have got the permission to access these journals for one year," said principal, MLNMC, Dr. S.P. Singh.
"Few junior doctors and staff have already accessing these journals. As more and more students are evincing interest in reading these journals, we have added 90 more seats in the central library of the medical college to accommodate them. The other advantage of this facility is that it offers round-the-clock instant online access to multiple users," Singh added.
"The health ministry’s aim was to develop nationwide electronic information resources in the field of medicine for delivering effective health care by sharing information at large scale," added Singh.