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Table 5 Factors related to stability of specialty choice from Year 4 medical school to Foundation Year 2 (0 = ‘different choice; 1 = ‘stable choice’)

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

Predictors B (bootstrapped 95% CI) Bootstrapped standard error p value Bootstrapped p value Odds ratio
(1 = before medical school; 2 = at medical school; 3 = at FY1; 4 = at FY2) First considered specialty −0.54 (−2.49, 0.93) 1.60 0.278 0.58 0.310
(1 = no influence; 2 = moderate influence; 3 = strong influence) Enjoyed specialty at medical school 0.95 (−0.45, 3.71) 2.58 0.089 2.57 0.121
Reference category: General Practice (Paediatrics & Radiology excluded) Acute care −2.24 (−20.19, 0.28) 6.05 0.026 0.11 0.027
Medical specialties −0.53 (−4.32, 2.36) 3.98 0.553 0.59 0.612
Surgical specialties −2.66 (−24.71, 0.52) 8.52 0.023 0.07 0.019
Obstetrics & Gynaecology −1.14 (−22.19, 20.07) 12.31 0.423 0.32 0.218
Psychiatry −3.81 (−27.76, −0.95)* 11.96 0.008 0.02 0.003
(1 = not dissuaded; 2 = probably dissuaded; 3 = uncertain; 4 = probably not dissuaded; 5 = not dissuaded) Dissuaded from entering a specialty by experienced since starting work −0.33 (−1.31, 0.21) 0.42 0.170 0.72 0.215
(1 = no influence; 2 = moderate influence; 3 = strong influence) Enjoyed the specialty since starting work −0.77 (−3.00, −0.03) 1.79 0.057 0.46 0.046
  Constant 3.83 (−1.37, 15.89) 6.69 0.102 46.23 0.115
  1. Bootstrapping based on 976 samples. *significant at p <0.05 in a logistic regression.