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Table 1 Student characteristics (N = 352-358)

From: Patient safety and quality improvement education: a cross-sectional study of medical students’ preferences and attitudes

Characteristic n Percent
Race   
White 250 71%
Black 26 7.4%
Asian 48 14%
Hispanic 22 6.3%
Other 6 1.7%
Male 236 46%
Year in Medical School   
Preclinical 140 39%
Clinical 168 47%
Other 50 14%
Advanced Degree* 118 33%
Intended Specialty   
Intended primary care** 131 37%
Medical or pediatric subspecialty 35 10%
Surgical specialty*** 98 28%
Other**** 91 26%
  1. *Currently working on or already has an advanced degree.
  2. **Primary care specialties include: medicine, family medicine, medicine/pediatrics, and pediatrics.
  3. ***Surgical specialties included: general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, and neurosurgery.
  4. ****Other includes anesthesia, dermatology, emergency medicine, medicine-psychiatry, neurology, nuclear medicine, pathology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, preventive medicine, psychiatry, radiation oncology, and radiology.