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Table 4 Results of eight logistic regression models predicting whether a specialty is top three choice for Year 5 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     
Dundee [ref. Aberdeen] 0.617 1.853 [1.262-2.721] p = 0.002
Work-life balance not extremely important [ref. Extremely important] 0.421 1.524 [1.111-2.091] p = 0.009
Emergency medicine Male gender [ref. Female] 0.647 1.910 [1.429-2.553] p ≤ 0.001
General practice     
Country of birth other [ref. Scotland] −0.837 0.433 [0.256-0.732] p = 0.002
Edinburgh [ref. Aberdeen] −0.577 0.562 [0.366-0.861] p = 0.008
Male gender [ref. Female] −0.531 0.588 [0.426-0.812] p = 0.001
Intellect not extremely important [ref. Extremely important] 0.970 2.638 [1.885-3.692] p ≤ 0.001
Work-life balance not extremely important [ref. Extremely important] −1.531 0.216 [0.154-0.303] p ≤ 0.001
Medical specialities Country of birth other [ref. Scotland] 0.672 1.957 [1.195-3.207] p = 0.008
Surgical specialities Male gender [ref. Female] 1.191 3.291 [2.372-4.568] p ≤ 0.001
Other ethnicity [ref. White] 0.677 1.968 [1.190-3.255] p = 0.008
Work-life balance not extremely important [ref. Extremely important] 0.823 2.278 [1.613-3.216] p ≤ 0.001
Obstetrics & gynaecology Male gender [ref. Female] −1.561 .210 [0.133-0.332] p ≤ 0.001
Paediatrics     
Male gender [ref. Female] −0.853 0.426 [0.295-0.616] p ≤ 0.001
Diagnostics Edinburgh [ref. Aberdeen] −1.109 0.330 [0.155-0.703] p = 0.004
  1. 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.