Making a decision to devote oneself to science and writing dissertation, it is wrong to plan the writing of the latter for a specific position in the department, in the NSPC and laboratory. We must not forget that writing dissertation is not an end in itself. Having been engaged for 3 years exclusively in the work on a scientific topic, one can become a “parquet scientist”. This will cause confusion among colleagues and their disrespect. During the years of study in graduate school, a recent graduate of the medical university is obliged to develop in clinical practice in his chosen specialty. Only such a dualism (work on a dissertation and the acquisition of medical skills) will allow the young researcher to grow into a real clinical scientist.
Starting Point – Topic
The future candidate of medical sciences needs to be fluent in English, to be guided in modern computer technologies, to be physically prepared and able-bodied. It is important to have a well-equipped workplace at home (not necessarily a separate room); organize work properly and allocate time efficiently throughout the day.
In the age of computer technology, it is much easier and cheaper than writing typewriters and file cabinets to write and peel drafts of the writing dissertation, look for material for a literary review, and make a list of sources. However, the requirements for the volume and quality of the analyzed sources, the level of statistical processing of experimental or clinical material have increased.
As a rule, for a graduate student the research topic is determined by his supervisor. Usually, he proceeds from the themes of the initiative or funded research work carried out at the department (in the laboratory, RSPP) at the present time. The result of the last fragment, and may be a future PhD thesis. The reason for writing it can also serve as the clinical material previously accumulated at the department or data obtained by a future graduate student while studying in full-time clinical internship at the same department.
When choosing a topic, it is important to evaluate in advance the economic component together with the teacher. So, experimental research always requires financial expenses. In clinical, standard diagnostic technologies and laboratory tests that are routinely performed on a given clinical base may be sufficient. But it is often necessary to buy “consumables” (for more detailed and expensive laboratory tests; minimally invasive treatment methods) or additional diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Then the topic of the thesis requires first the justification of the financing of research work, its approval at all stages and obtaining the financing itself. The organizational stage of preparation of such a study takes at least a year.