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Table 3 Comparison of attitudes regarding research interest for respondents in second and fourth year medical school

From: A survey on the attitudes towards research in medical school

  Agreement* from 2nd Year Students N = 185 Agreement* from 4th Year Students N = 142 P value for trend**
Involved in research to facilitate admission to residency 37% 51% 0.274
Research will be a part of long-term career goals 38% 53% 0.041
Involved in research because of interest in the field 48% 65% 0.033
No interest in research 27% 18% 0.026
Research is not relevant to medical education 17% 18% 0.665
Research should not be an important criteria for acceptance to residency 66% 55% 0.008
Mandatory research time should be set in medical school curriculum 34% 46% 0.328
  1. *Responses 4 and 5 in 5-point Likert scale were grouped as "agreement" for reporting purposes.
  2. **Mann-Whitney test between responses of 5-point Likert scale