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Table 4 Residency in a peripheral hospital

From: Challenges to the Israeli healthcare system: attracting medical students to primary care and to the periphery

   Periphery No periphery Periphery vs no Periphery
N   48 382  
Gender Female 45% 48%
Male 55% 52% NS
Age (years) 18–20 0% 0.3%
21–23 17% 18%
24–26 19% 30%
27–29 42% 39%
30–32 17% 10%
+ 32 6% 3% NS
Marital status Single 63% 71%
Married 38% 29%
Divorced 0% 1% NS
High school location Israel 100% 97%
Other 0% 3% NS
High school location in Israel Jerusalem 17% 27%
Central 31% 42%
North 38% 22%
South 15% 8%
Other 0% 1% p < 0.05
Residency location Israel 100% 98%
Other 0% 2% NS
Future residency location in Israel Jerusalem 13% 26%
Central 16% 36%
North 40% 7%
South 13% 1%
Don’t know 18% 31% p < 0.01
Specialties under consideration Family medicne 0% 2%
Pediatrics 46% 30%
Internal medicine 24% 32%
Ob/Gyn 15% 21%
Emergency medicine 5% 1%
Surgical specialties 32% 30%
Other specialties 32% 35% p < 0.05
Criteria for choosing a specialty
 Time with family 85% 66% p < 0.001
 Controllable lifestyle 75% 65% p < 0.04
 Influency of spouse 56% 37% p < 0.01
 Specialty that deals with social issues 46% 27% p < 0.004
 Work only in the community 19% 3% p < 0.001
 Narrow range of medical problems 10% 2% p < 0.001
 Advancing rapidly 48% 62% p < 0.05
 Opportunity for research 29% 41% p < 0.03
Criteria for choosing a residency program
 Family living location 81% 69% p < 0.04
 Teaching students 57% 40% p < 0.05
 Pre-determined work hours 56% 41% p < 0.05
 Influence of family 52% 33% p < 0.02
 Much supervision bysenior physicians 50% 42% p < 0.03
 Primary care 42% 15% p < 0.0004
 Limited work hours 42% 21% p < 0.03
 Much clinic time 33% 8% p < 0.001
 Leading department 58% 79% p < 0.0001
 Large hosptial 47% 60% p < 0.003
  1. Percent of “agree” and “agree much” responses on 5-point Likert Scale