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Career advice: Part 2 – Pursue PhD?

Almost all (educated) parents in Nepal want their children to do a Ph.D. It is next to becoming an almighty in Nepal and other developing countries although 6-year post-PhD is still considered early career researcher in high-income countries. Although many want it, not many know a way to get there. In this post, I will […]

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Career advice: Part 1

I find at least one person a week asking me which career track to follow in future. Most questions come from physiotherapy interns just complete Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT), or physiotherapists completing Master of Physiotherapy (MPT). Three common questions I receive are: (1) should I continue studying MPT after BPT without doing some clinical practice? […]

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Summary and reflection of year 2018

As a ritual, I am writing this blog to summarize my year 2018 and reflect on it. As the second year of my PhD, I had aimed to: (1) complete data collection for my PhD research, (2) write manuscripts for publications as much as I could, and (3) and spent some time traveling to visit […]

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Low back pain update presentation at NEPTACON 2018

I flew to Nepal last week to deliver an invited talk on “low back pain- update” at Nepal Physiotherapy Association Conference (NEPTACON 2018). I received an overwhelming response: houseful presence, many questions, request to conduct longer sessions demonstrating how to educate/reassure patients with low back pain.  Although I requested for an hour session, due to […]

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Resources for Evidence-based Practice and Research

I plan to compile resources that can be useful to students and clinicians to understand research and evidence-based practice in simple language. Here is one resource that is really valuable from the International Society of Evidence-Based Healthcare. Youtube link to videos  You may suggest any resources that you are aware of in the comment section, […]

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Diagnostic triage in low back pain

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common musculoskeletal problem encountered by a clinician. For the purpose of screening and diagnosis of LBP, a diagnosis triage has been proposed for patients when first presenting to a clinician. The goal of diagnostic triage is to exclude non-spinal causes of back pain and to allocate […]

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ढाड दुखाईको अनुसन्धानमा भाग लिनुहोस्

के तपाईलाई ढाड दुखेको छ ? यदि छ भने आउनुहोस् साहारा अस्पतालमा !!! यहाँ ढाड दुखाई सम्बन्धि अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय स्तरको अनुसन्धान भइरहेको छ । यस अनुसन्धानका प्रमुख अनुसन्धानकर्ता सौरब शर्माले निउजिल्याडको प्रतिष्ठित विश्वविध्यालयसँग आबद्ध भई आफ्नो PhD का लागि ढाड दुखाईको लागि बैज्ञानिक रुपमा प्रमाणित भइसकेका उपचारहरु तुलना गर्दै हुनुहुन्छ । यस अनुसन्धानमा भाग लिन र […]

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Where NOT to publish: Predatory Journals

Research publication is a requirement for many reasons. For example, academicians need it for promotion, and or to maintain academic position such as Professorship; and researchers need it to demonstrate research and publication skills, which helps in securing grants. Similarly, students need it to secure a scholarship, and improve track record for career growth. But, […]

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Research assistant wanted for low back pain research

Want to gain quality experience in research? If yes, apply for this research assistant position for a study that is looking to explore a feasibility of a clinical trial evaluating effectiveness of pain education on patients with low back pain. Job location: Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal Type: Full time Job duration: February 7 – May 6, […]

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Reflection of year 2016 and 2017

I began writing this post early last year (2016) to reflect back on year 2015, but was unable to complete. I hereby plan to reflect on both the years 2016 and 2017 in this blog by listing a few of my achievements and briefly explaining how I was able to achieve them. I will describe […]

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