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Table 5 Incentives - residency in periphery

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

   1. Incentive interests me 2. Plan peripheral residency 3. Incentives don’t interest me 1 vs 3 1 vs 2 2 vs 3
N   106 20 223    
Percent   30% 6% 64%    
Gender Female 48% 47% 50%    
Male 52% 53% 50% NS NS NS
Age (years) 18–20 0% 0% 0%    
21–23 22% 20% 19%    
24–26 27% 15% 31%    
27–29 36% 50% 35%    
30–32 10% 10% 11%    
+ 32 5% 5% 3% NS NS p < 0.02
Marital status Single 68% 60% 72%    
Married 30% 40% 27%    
Divorced 2% 0% 1% NS p< 0.05 p < 0.02
High school location in Israel Jerusalem 27% 5% 25%    
Central 36% 32% 40%    
South 10% 26% 10%    
Other 1% 0% 1% NS p < 0.01 NS
Future residency location in Israel Jerusalem 14% 10% 29%    
Central 20% 0% 41%    
North 14% 55% 8%    
South 0% 20% 1%    
Don’t know 53% 15% 22% p< 0.03 p < 0.01 p< 0.01
Specialties under consideration Pediatrics 39% 31% 31%    
Internal medicine 21% 6% 35%    
Ob/Gyn 29% 19% 15%    
Emergency medicine 0% 13% 1%    
Surgical specialties 32% 31% 29%    
Other specialties 31% 31% 37% p < 0.04 p < 0.01 p < 0.02
Criteria for choosing a specialty
 Time with family (1) 78% 60% 63% p < 0.004 p < 0.04 NS
 Specialty that deals with social issues (3) 35% 35% 25% p < 0.02 NS NS
 Advancing rapidly (2) 51% 45% 69% p < 0.0007 NS p < 0.04
 Opportunity for research (2) 29% 5% 47% p < 0.0001 p < 0.04 p < 0.0001
 Controllable lifestyle (1) 74% 50% 66% NS NS NS
 Independent practice 54% 40% 51% NS p < 0.03 p < 0.03
 High salary 51% 20% 45% NS p < 0.006 p < 0.01
 Procedures/surgery 45% 32% 51% NS NS p < 0.04
 Private practice 37% 10% 404% NS p < 0.008 p < 0.009
Criteria for choosing a residency
 Controllable lifestyle 73% 45% 58% p < 0.04 p < 0.03 NS
 Primary care 27% 32% 15% p < 0.001 NS p < 0.002
 Hospital in the periphery (3) 8% 55% 4% p < 0.001 p < 0.0007 p < 0.001
 Intellectual challenge (1)a 8% 60% 87% p < 0.004 NS p < 0.007
 Leading department (1)a 69% 45% 85% p < 0.0002 p < 0.004 p < 0.0009
 Specific location 51% 68% 70% p < 0.0001 NS NS
 Large hospitial 50% 26% 68% p < 0.005 p < 0.04 p < 0.0006
 Opportunity for research 17% 5% 29% p < 0.02 p < 0.01 p < 0.0005
 Much supervision by senior physicians 44% 20% 46% NS NS p < 0.04
  1. Percent of “agree” and “agree much” responses on 5-point Likert Scale
  2. Numbers in parenthesis are the results of factor analysis
  3. aClusters per cluster analysis
  4. Bold result indicares the higher value in a statistically significant pair