Time frame for a dissertation work
First Six : Discuss with guides, seniors, review topics, assess equipment availability, patient load, possible obstacles, finance, pilot study, finalisation of topics
Maximum you will get : 18 -20 month
Next 12 months : Conducting the study
- Collection of data
- Review of literature
- Change of topic if required
Next three months
- Follow up of patients
- Finalisation of data
- Completion of write up of methodology, literature section
Final three months
- Completion of master chart
- Analysis of data
- Preparation of tables and figure
- Final write up
This is a once in a life time work so think about your topic deeply – discuss with your seniors and teachers. Consider the following three facts while deciding a topic.
- Your Professional development – select a unique topic that gives you some professional development, that you can present in front of scientific community.
- Benefits to homoeopathy medical system – your dissertation must benefit to the growth and prosperity homoeopathy. So select a versatile but simple topic.
- Benefit to National health system – your study may benefit to the common man.
- Think carefully about your topic.
- Research Proposal in detail.
- Stick to your plan.
- Work closely with your supervisor.
- Be organised and take detailed notes when you are undertaking your literature survey.
- Consult a statistician in the beginning of study itself – he will guide you properly on sampling and data collection.
Who select the topic
Supervisor or Student : On many occasions supervisor suggests some topics with better understanding, knowing very well the facilities available in the Laboratory / Hospitals.
The student has also important role in accepting what has been suggested, Impracticable outdated ideas of supervisors is catastrophic both to the students and to the department
A non committed students and a irrational supervisors are the real areas of conflict what we see in the working environment
Ask your students to come with 4 -5 topics – discuss the pros and cons, including the sample size, feasibility, utility etc. and finalise one.
Dissertation shall be
- Clear and brief
- Precise and accurate
- Complete and thorough
- Objective oriented
- Appropriate grammar and language
- Within the prescribed limit
Guide and student
- Guide and student should work together
- Read research article and papers as much- take print out
- That helps to develop a research mind
- Ananatha Krishnan N:medicaal postgraduate dissertation a step by step approach.India:Wolters Kluwer;2013
- Munir Ahammed R : Research Methodology.Bangalore: Centre for Homeopathic Studies;2005
- Writing a reference list in the Vancouver style:VIKO; [Published 29.04.2011;Cited on 30-04-2016].Available from http://www.ntnu.no/viko/english/papers/vancouverlist
- PubMed Central : National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine ; [cited on 29.04.2016]. Available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
- Cochrane Libray : Wiley Online Library;[cited on 29.04.2016]. Available from http://www.cochranelibrary.com/
Dr Mansoor Ali K R BHMS,MD(Hom)
Associate Professor- Govt. Homeopathic Medical College, Calicut
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