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Table 3 Results of eight logistic regression models predicting whether a specialty is top three choice for Year 1 students (only factors with p < 0.01 shown)

From: A survey of factors influencing career preference in new-entrant and exiting medical students from four UK medical schools

Dependent variable Independent variable B OR [95% CI] p-value
Anaesthesia     
Glasgow [ref. Aberdeen] −1.105 0.331 [0.185-0.592] p < 0.001
Emergency medicine     
Dundee [ref. Aberdeen] 0.586 1.797 [1.192-2.710] p = 0.005
Glasgow [ref. Aberdeen] 0.684 1.983 [1.399-2.810] p ≤ 0.001
Other ethnicity [ref. White] -.642 0.526 [0.355-0.780] p = 0.001
General practice     
Dundee [ref. Aberdeen] −0.647 0.524 [0.361-0.759] p = 0.001
Glasgow [ref. Aberdeen] −0.436 0.647 [0.476-0.879] p = 0.005
Male gender [ref. Female] −0.555 0.574 [0.452-0.729] p ≤ 0.001
Other ethnicity [ref. White] −0.959 0.383 [0.274-0.536] p ≤ 0.001
Intellect not extremely important [ref. Extremely important] 0.786 2.196 [1.601-3.011] p ≤ 0.001
Work-life balance not extremely important [ref. Extremely important] −0.627 0.534 [0.401-0.711] p ≤ 0.001
Medical specialties Work-life balance not extremely important [ref. Extremely important] −0.759 0.468 [0.347-0.631] p ≤ 0.001
Surgical specialties     
Dundee [ref. Aberdeen] 0.494 1.640 [1.140-2.359] p = 0.008
Male gender [ref. Female] 0.637 1.891 [1.493-2.394] p ≤ 0.001
Obstetrics & gynaecology Male gender [ref. Female] −1.374 0.253 [0.154-0.4160 p ≤ 0.001
Paediatrics Male gender [ref. Female] −0.871 0.419 [0.323-0.542] p ≤ 0.001
Diagnostics Edinburgh [ref. Aberdeen] −0.895 0.409 [0.204-0.817] p = 0.010
  1. OR = odds ratio; 95% CI = 95% confidence interval.
  2. See Additional file 1 for on-line supplementary versions of Tables 3 and 4, showing odds ratios for all the predictors in each specialty.