SECTION 1- SELECTION OF TOPIC

Dissertation is a very important and interesting part in PG curriculum. But to make it interesting is in our hands. As soon as we step into the PG programme we become weird hearing words like “thesis”, ‘dissertation”, LD. Smiles valued wanted to add a column, hoping it will be of great use to you.

STEP 1: ANALYSE YOUR INTEREST
This is your “research work”. So analyse your own area of interest. This is a golden opportunity to say something to the scientific world. So try to carry out a research work both useful for public and also giving you a self gratification. This is very important as only this can make your work interesting and innovative.

STEP 2: LISTEN TO YOUR GUIDE
Your guide for dissertation is going to be the person who will be beside you from the pavilion till the finish line. He/she has many years of experience and knows what can be done?how to do? Where and when?. Your guide will have better idea regarding the feasibility to carry out the different types of study. So listen and understand.

STEP 3: TALK A LOT ABOUT IT
Discuss with your seniors ask their experience in research work- both pros and cons. Approach students from other universities and try to comprehend the current affairs in research work. Browse through indexed journals and get an idea of the research work around the globe.Pediatric Dentistry encompasses all the branches of dentistry. So you have wide opened options and opportunities to do a quality research work.

STEP 4: CHECK OUT FOR FEASIBILITY
After the above 3 steps, you might get an idea and you will have some options in mind. Collect articles similar to your topic. Read the articles again and again and choos the methodology for your study. Look out for the availability of materials needed and feasibility. You may be interested in introducing a new material. Check out from where you can get it. When you enquire the dealers they might simply say, its easy to get it. But recheck and confirm. Once the topic is finalised and you can’t get the material you are totally stuck.

Some studies may need the help of other institutions, departments, schools, microbiologic labs etc to carry out the study. So make sure that your place of study is a comfortable and cordial zone to work with.

STEP 5: ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Some institutions have strict regulations in Ethical committee. So select a study that adheres to these regulations, otherwise there are chances for the topic to get rejected and you have to start from the beginning which is a desperate job.

STEP 6: DRAFT PROTOCOL
Select two topics , prepare a draft protocol.(See section 2 for protocol preparation) and get suggestion from your guide. Discuss with other faculties and if your department allows presentation of the two topics then well and good. Present your protocol and get valuable suggestions from staff and your colleagues. This helps you to finalise on the topic.