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Table 2 UK and International Medical Graduate (IMG) applicants (country of qualification) for vacancies in specialty groups in order of total number of applicants*

From: Specialty choice in UK junior doctors: Is psychiatry the least popular specialty for UK and international medical graduates?

Specialty Group UK (%)1 IMG (%)1 Total (% UK applicants)2
Surgery 12,105 (39%) 12,225 (25%) 24,330 (50%)
Medicine 5,917 (19%) 9,898 (20%) 15,815 (37%)
A & E 6,226 (20%) 9,116 (18%) 15,342 (41%)
General Practice 2,924 (9%) 4312 (9%) 7,236 (40%)
Psychiatry 999 (3%) 5,953 (12%) 6,952 (14%)
Radiology 1,415 (5%) 3,588 (7%) 5,003 (28%)
Paediatrics 936 (3%) 1,941 (4%) 2,877 (33%)
Obst & Gynae 587 (2%) 1,668 (3%) 2,255 (26%)
Lab. Medicine 212 (1%) 514 (1%) 726 (29%)
Public Health 113 (0.4%) 300 (1%) 413 (27%)
Total 31,434 49,515 80,949 (39%)
  1. * MMC 2008 analysis of the 2008 Medical Recruitment Specialty Preferences
  2. 1 Percentage of applicants who applied for specialty
  3. 2 Percentage of applicants who graduated in the UK
  4. A&E = Accident and Emergency, incl. Anaesthetics; Lab. Medicine = Laboratory Medicine incl. Neurophysiology; Obst & Gynae = Obstetrics & Gynaecology