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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of 180 Dutch medical students returning from an elective abroad.

From: Health risks encountered by Dutch medical students during an elective in the tropics and the quality and comprehensiveness of pre-and post-travel care

Parameter   
Mean age years (range) 23 (19-38)
Female (%) 141 (78)
College year n (%)   
   Second 18 (10)
   Third 39 (22)
   Fourth 25 (14)
   Fifth 27 (15)
   Sixth 71 (39)
Type of elective n (%)   
   Pre-clinical elective 29 (16)
   Clinical elective 85 (47)
   Research elective 60 (33)
   Volunteer work 6 (3)
Mean duration of stay days (range) 74 (10-224)
Travel destination n (%)   
   Africa 75 (42)
sub-Saharan Africa 54  
Malawi 16  
Cameroon 9  
Ghana 5  
Kenia 5  
Tanzania 4  
Uganda 4  
Other 11  
South-Africa 21  
   Latin America 67 (37)
Surinam 56  
Other 11  
   Asia 32 (18)
Nepal 11  
Indonesia 10  
China 6  
Other 5  
   Middle-East 5 (3)
   Eastern Europe 1 (1)
Holiday at the end of the elective n (%) 139 (77)