Structure of Medical Dissertations in Golestan University of Medical Sciences (1996 to 2005)


Afsaneh Borghei 1 , * , Mohammad Reza Rabie 1 , Sahar Ester Abadi 1 , Ali Abtahi 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Borghei A , Rabie M R , Ester Abadi S, Abtahi A . Structure of Medical Dissertations in Golestan University of Medical Sciences (1996 to 2005), Strides Dev Med Educ. 2008 ; 4(2):e58516.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 4 (2); e58516
Published Online: January 25, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 23, 2017
Accepted: November 05, 2007




Background & Objective: Writing dissertation is an opportunity for students to become familiar
with methodology of a research process during the period of education. In recent years, there has
been special emphasis on proper studies’ structure, similar and scientific writing process in
research reports and dissertations. Attending methodology workshop for faculties and students,
together with preparing booklets has helped a lot, but still there is a long way to meet the optimal
standards. This study was conducted to evaluate methodological structure of medical dissertations
in Golestan University of Medical Sciences from 1996 to 2005.
Methods: This is a descriptive-analytic Study. For data collection all of the dissertations (257)
were studied and scored with a check list that was designed for a national research on thesis .The
maximum score for each thesis was 500.
Results: The results showed that the mean score (±SD) of the dissertations has increased from
269.9(±78) in 1996 to 351.5(±33.1) in 2005. According to this study, 76.9 percent of dissertations
had statistical consultants, and the most frequent design was cross-sectional .There was a
significant relationship between final score of dissertations and grade of them (r=0.38, P=0.039).
The weakest parts of the dissertations were methodology, then statement of problem and then
Conclusion: Although methodology structure of medical dissertations has improved considerably
recently, but there is a long way to reach optimal status. Education of faculty members and
students in research field, guiding students for finding best tactics of research and supporting them
to perform researches help to enhancement of dissertations quality. This needs a fundamental
reform in long term planning for medical education.


Dissertation Structure Medical student Golestan University of Medical Sciences

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