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Table 3 Descriptive statistics (with percentages in parenthesis) for the categorical and ordinal questionnaire variables

From: The specialty choices of graduates from Brighton and Sussex Medical School: a longitudinal cohort study

Variable Descriptive statistics (percentages)
Stability of choice from year 4 to foundation year 2 50/77 (65) same specialty 27/77 (35) different specialty
Confident preferred specialty ‘right for me’ 22/77 (29) very confident 42/77 (55) confident 10/77 (13) neutral 2/77 (3) unconfident 1/77 (1) very unconfident
Confident will get a job in preferred specialty 3/77 (4) very confident 35/77 (46) confident 31/77 (40) neutral 8/77 (10) unconfident 0/77 (0) very unconfident
Confident will get a job in any specialty (missing = 1) 7/77 (9) very confident 36/77 (47) confident 28/77 (36) neutral 5/77 (7) unconfident 0/77 (0) very unconfident
Considered leaving medicine in the past year (missing = 2) 41/105 (39) never 40/105 (39) once or twice 15/105 (15) monthly   5/105 (5) weekly 2/105 (2) daily
Specialty choice and favourite medical school placement 48/77 (62) same specialty 29/77 (38) different specialty
Specialty choice and worst medical school placement 2/77 (3) same specialty 75/77 (97) different specialty
When first considered specialty (missing = 2) 9/77 (12) before medical school 42/77 (54) medical school 17/77 (22) Foundation Year 1 7/77 (9) Foundation Year 2 n/a
When definitely decided on specialty 1/77 (1) before medical school 12/77 (16) medical school 29/77 (38) Foundation Year 1 27/77 (35) Foundation Year 2 8/77 (10) still undecided
Dissuaded from entering a specialty by experiences in the specialty (missing = 2) 13/105 (13) definitely not dissuaded 27/105 (26) probably not dissuaded 8/105 (8) uncertain 32/105(31) probably dissuaded 23/105 (22) definitely dissuaded