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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 255
Research career in dentistry

Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Pathology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai - 600 095, Tamil Nadu, India

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Sivapathasundharam B. Research career in dentistry. Indian J Dent Res 2009;20:255

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Dental research is evolving at a rapid pace globally. During recent times, there is a remarkable progress in dentistry due to the development of newer technologies with regard to dental equipments, materials, pharmacological products and diagnostic materials. The research status in India, when compared to the Western countries remains only on paper and publications as far as dentistry is concerned. Research that remains restricted to the laboratory is not beneficial to the general public and patients in particular. This kind of research has no clinical significance. Though there is enough number of sponsors and funding agencies available in India, only a small number of dental professionals opt for full-time research career.

Since the BDS course is spread over five years after the exclusion of the one-year internship, there is enough room for introducing basics of research in the undergraduate curriculum itself, which will be very useful when expanded as dissertation in post graduation.

In postgraduate program, dissertation is a requirement for appearing in university examinations. The main purpose of the dissertation is to expose the postgraduate students to the research environment. Sometimes the topics selected by the students may not be practically possible to carry out in their parent institutions, though many dental colleges imparting postgraduate program have 'research, research center, research institute and their likes' as their surname. The postgraduate students have to run pillar to post to seek permission to do their study in other places or spend huge amount of money to finish their research work. Some laboratories and institutions do not allow the postgraduate students to carry out their tests or experiments on their own, even after them paying the prescribed fees and are instructed to submit the study samples and collect the data later. The ultimate purpose of introducing them to the research is defeated in these situations.

With the steep increase in the number of deemed universities, each one is keen to start PhD programs without expanding the basic infrastructure and staff pattern with no uniform and standardized norms and regulations for such programs. Like other dental courses, DCI should evolve regulations for Doctoral program in dentistry, forming a high-level committee consisting of experienced researchers from various specialties to define the regulations for the same. It can also restrict the use of the term such as Research Institute, Research Center and their likes unless and otherwise the institution is genuinely fulfilling the fundamental criteria in terms of infrastructure, staff pattern and allocating funds for their budget. Introduction of PhD program is mandatory in the current situation, as it not only helps the dental professions to pursue full-time research career, but also help the institutions to employ persons having PhD qualification in future as in science and art faculties.

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B Sivapathasundharam
Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Pathology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai - 600 095, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.57351

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