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Table 4 Stability of specialty choice from year 4 medical school to foundation year 2 post-graduation

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

FY2 specialty choice Year 4 specialty choice Percent (bootstrapped 95% confidence interval)
Paediatrics Different 0 0
  Same 4 100.0 (100.0, 100.0)
General practice Different 4 16.0 (4.0, 32.0)
  Same 21 84.0 (68.0, 96.0)
O&G Different 1 25.0 (0.0, 75.0)
  Same 3 75.0 (25.0, 100.0)
Medical specialties Different 5 27.8 (11.1, 50.0)
  Same 13 72.2 (50.0, 88.9)
Surgical specialties Different 4 57.1 (16.7, 87.5)
  Same 3 42.9 (12.5, 83.3)
Psychiatry Different 4 66.7 (33.3, 100.0)
  Same 2 33.3 (0.0, 66.7)
Acute care Different 8 66.7 (38.5, 92.3)
  Same 4 33.3 (7.7, 61.5)
  1. Radiology and public health excluded as only one respondent chose each. Bootstrapped 95% confidence intervals for the percentages show Paediatrics was significantly more stable than all specialties except O&G, and General Practice was significantly more stable than Psychiatry and Acute Care.