Criteria for the successful completion of medical dissertations – A multicenter study

Olaf Kuhnigk, Volker Reissner, Aenne M. Böthern, Astrid Biegler, Markus Jüptner, Ingo Schäfer & Sigrid Harendza
Objective: In order to acquire the academic title “doctor” in Germany, it is essential to complete a dissertation. A high number of publications at German universities are based on medical dissertations. The reasons why some dissertations are successfully accomplished and why some are not completed – despite far-reaching consequences – have been barely investigated to date. Methods: 467 students in the ninth semester at five German universities participated in this study in 2003. A questionnaire...