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2014, Cilt 4, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 176-181
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2014.101
Medical Speciality Thesis: Contribution to a Controversial Issue with a Research Study
1İstanbul University, İstanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, İstanbul, Turkey
2İstanbul University, İstanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health, İstanbul, Turkey
3İstanbul University, İstanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, İstanbul, Turkey
Keywords: Th esis, Medical specialty, Academic career

Th e aquisition of clinical and practical skills is the main target during the speciality training program. On the other hand, acquisition of skills in reading and interpreting scientific knowledge are also important training targets in order to develop and update clinical practice constantly. Th e process of thesis preparation during the speciality training provides an important opportunity to capture the skills in interpreting scientific knowledge. In Turkey, thesis writing has been obligatory for completion of speciality training for several years. Recently, there has been a discussion about the obligation for clinicians to write a thesis, especially those who are undertaking specialist training in education and research hospitals. Th e aim of this study was to evaluate the pros and cons of thesis writing during speciality training using a questionnaire that was sent to specialists. Th is descriptive and analytical study was conducted as an e-questionnaire between December, 2013, and May, 2014. A likert scale consisted of 18 questions has been prepared in accordance with this study. Th e questionnaire was sent to 1536 physicians. 328 of the questionnaires have been included in the study by evaluating the responses obtained from 345 of the participants. Th e response rate was 23%. Th e Cronbach alpha coeff icient was 0.77. Out of the 328 questionnaires, 11.9 %were from Basic Medical Sciences, 57%from Internal Medical Sciences, and 30.2%from Surgical Medical Sciences. Among the respondents, the percentage of specialists, assistant professors, associate professors and professors were 20.7%, 8.2%, 13.7%, and 57.3%, respectively. Independent of specialty field and aff iliation, the respondents concluded that the conduction and thesis writing contributed to their scientific career in spite of the common problems they encountered regarding adequate time for preparation. Furthermore, they concluded that thesis writing had a positive eff ect in the development of their scientific thinking and writing skills. It was determined that there had been inadequate education regarding methodology and basic research methods prior to thesis preparation. Nearly all respondents emphasized the necessity of thesis preparation. In conclusion, based on our study, thesis writing is recommended; however, in order to improve this process it is a fact that more eff icient organization of financial resources, workforce, and time is needed.

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