NOA Orthodontic Mini-Residency Thesis Requirement Details


To help Doctors learn online literature search, we encourage our students to write a short literature research Thesis that is required for graduation. To goal of this thesis is to help Doctors learn to keep up with contemporary orthodontic information that is essential to successful orthodontic treatments.

Thesis Outline Criteria:

  • Please pick one Orthodontic topic that interests you. (No two students should pick the same topic, so it’s best to have a few to select from).
  • A topic, for example, could be Comparisons of the longevity of different types of orthodontic retainers. Support your points with PubMed literature of Angle Orthodontics and AJO-DO published articles (minimum of 10).
  • The final thesis should be at least 7 pages long, and it must not have any copyrighted material and data, such as images, tables, figures, pictures, etc. You may create your own tables, figures, and images.
  • Please submit your topic for approval.

Thesis Outline 

Give your topic
(1) Background/ State of research in the field
Here you should make clear why your topic is of current interest, so he focuses is on the open questions in the field with regard to your thesis topic! It should shortly illustrate the starting point for your thesis.

(2a) The Objective of the thesis
You should shortly and precisely state what you want to do in the thesis. What is your one main aim? Which of the open questions detailed above will you answer? How will you do it?

(2b) Research questions
Here you give your main research questions, which are based on your thesis objective. It is important to be clear about the objectives and research questions, as this will allow you to structure the data in the results part efficiently!

(3) Results structure
The results structure is the largest and next to the objectives the most important part of the outline. This is where you have to structure your data in the way you want to present it. Use an index, much like in the finished thesis. Give a short explanation of what each index point will contain: which research question or which part of a research question will this answer, which information will you use to do this, and how you will do it. Do this in detail! The outline-index may change during the process of writing, but the clearer you are at this point about which data to use where and on how to use it, the easier the actual writing will be!

(4) Bibliography
List the literature you used to prepare the thesis outline.

(5) Declaration of academic integrity

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