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Table 1 Medical students’ perceptions of the six specialties (n = 234)

From: Israeli medical students’ perceptions of six key medical specialties

  Pediatrics Anesthesiology General Orthopedic OB/GYN Family
    Surgery Surgery   Medicine
Interesting and challenging specialty 46% 43% 62%‡ 41%† 71%§*‡† 25%*‡†ª
Advanced specialty 36% 44%* 35%*‡ 52%*† 69%*† 23%*‡†§ª
Boring specialty 21% 35%* 14%‡ 30%*† 7%*‡†§ 48%*†ª
Stressful specialty 27% 74%* 94%*‡ 48%*‡† 81%*†§ 13%*‡†§ª
Affords controllable lifestyle 63% 24%* 0%*‡ 11%*† 8%*† 96%*‡†§ª
Possible to work limited hours 53% 17%* 2%*‡ 10%*† 12%*† 91%*‡†§ª
Allows for family time 61% 23%* 0%*‡ 10%*† 7%*† 93%*‡†§ª
Long working hours 25% 62%* 97%*‡ 75%*† 86%*‡† 6%*‡†§ª
Prestigious specialty (population) 33% 5%* 78%*‡ 49%*‡† 71%*‡§ 7%*†§ª
Prestigious specialty (colleagues) 15% 10%* 46%*‡ 34%*‡† 61%*‡† 2%*‡†§ª
Opportunity for private practice 58% 19%* 46%*‡ 83%*‡† 90%*‡† 37%*‡†§ª
High salary 22% 21%* 32%*‡ 79%*‡† 84%*‡† 30%‡§ª
Reasonable ratio of lifestyle vs income 58% 20%* 6%*‡ 53%‡† 45%‡† 78%*‡†§ª
Academic opportunities 45% 46% 58% 46% 78%*‡† 8%*‡†§ª
Specialty other students positively consider 67% 1%* 6%*‡ 50%*‡† 76%‡†§ 32%*‡†ª
Specialty in crisis 7% 97%* 74%*‡ 3%‡† 3%‡† 16%‡†§ª
Specialty I am positively considering 35% 9%* 20%* 16%* 34%‡†§ 19%*‡ª
* p<0.001 vs pediatrics   Values are the percentage of agree/highly agree answers on a 5 point-Likert Scale     
  1. ‡ p<0.001 vs anesthesiology.
  2. † p<0.001 vs surgery.
  3. § p<0.001 vs orthopedics.
  4. ª p<0.001 vs OB/GYN.