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Table 7 Student rated importance of quality improvement to different medical specialties* mean (SD) N = 357

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

  All students N = 357 Preclinical N = 157 Clinical N = 200
Surgery 4.7 4.7 4.6
Pediatrics 4.5 4.5 4.4
Dermatology 3.9 3.9 3.8
Internal Medicine 4.5 4.5 4.5
Radiology 4.2 4.3 4.2
Obstetrics and Gynecology 4.6 4.6 4.6
Anesthesia 4.6 4.6 4.6
Emergency Medicine 4.6 4.6 4.6
Personal Career** 4.5 4.5 4.5
  1. * Importance to each specialty was rated on a scale of 1–5 where 1 was not important and 5 was very important.
  2. ** Response to the following question: “Quality improvement is important to my future as a physician” on a scale of 1–5 were 1 was strongly disagree and 5 was strongly agree.