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Table 3 Medical Students’ Perceptions of FM: Comparison of Students Interested in FM vs those Interested in Other Specialties

From: Medical students’ perceptions of a career in family medicine

  ALL Fam Med (N=41) ALL Others (N=177) p value MALES Fam Med (N=13) MALES Others (N=91) p value FEMALE Fam Med (N=28) FEMALE Others (N=86) p value
Perceptions N % mis N % mis N % mis N % mis N % mis N % mis
Advanced Specialty 12 29.3% - 36 20.7% 3 0.296 4 30.8% 0 18 20.0% 1 0.468 8 28.6% 0 18 21.4% 2 0.447
Interesting Specialty 28 68.3% - 25 14.2% 1 <0.0001 11 84.6% 0 10 11.0% 0 <0.0001 17 60.7% 0 15 17.6% 1 <0.0001
Boring Specialty 7 17.9% 2 96 54.5% 1 <0.0001 0 0.0% 0 54 60.0% 1 <0.0001 7 25.9% 1 42 48.8% 0 0.046
Stressful Specialty 5 12.2% - 24 13.7% 2 1.000 3 25.0% 1 10 11.1% 1 0.211 2 7.1% 0 14 16.5% 1 0.350
Controllable Lifestyle 41 100.0% - 167 94.9% 1 0.214 13 100.0% 0 88 96.7% 0 1.000 28 100.0% 0 79 92.9% 1 0.334
Family Time 38 92.7% - 163 92.6% 1 1.000 11 84.6% 0 84 92.3% 0 0.313 27 96.4% 0 79 92.9% 1 0.679
Work Limited hours 37 92.5% 1 159 90.9% 2 0.514 11 84.6% 0 82 90.1% 0 0.625 26 96.3% 1 77 91.7% 2 0.677
Long Working Hours 6 15.4% 2 6 3.4% 1 0.010 3 25.0% 1 3 3.3% 1 0.021 3 11.1% 1 3 3.5% 0 0.147
High Salary 13 32.5% 1 51 29.0% 1 0.703 4 33.3% 1 27 29.7% 0 0.750 9 32.1% 0 24 28.2% 1 0.811
Private Practice 12 30.0% 1 65 37.1% 2 0.467 6 46.2% 0 31 34.1% 0 0.537 6 22.2% 1 34 40.5% 2 0.108
Reasonable Ratio Income to Lifestyle 37 92.5% 1 130 74.3% 2 0.011 12 100.0% 1 67 75.3% 2 0.064 25 89.3% 0 63 73.3% 0 0.118
Academic Opportunities 6 15.0% 1 11 6.3% 3 0.098 2 16.7% 1 4 4.4% 1 0.146 4 14.3% 0 7 8.3% 2 0.463
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Prestigious (Population) 3 7.5% 1 13 7.4% 1 1.000 1 8.3% 1 5 5.5% 0 0.534 2 7.1% 0 8 9.4% 1 1.000
Prestigious (Colleagues) 0 0.0% 1 4 2.3% 2 1.000 0 0.0% 1 3 3.4% 2 1.000 0 0.0% 0 1 1.2% 0 1.000
Popular Specialty 16 40.0% 1 52 29.5% 1 0.257 3 25.0% 1 24 26.7% 1 1.000 13 46.4% 0 28 32.6% 0 0.257
Specialty in Crisis 10 25.6% 2 24 13.8% 3 0.089 4 33.3% 1 13 14.8% 3 0.119 6 22.2% 1 11 12.8% 0 0.233