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Table 2 Selection criteria and socio-demographic factors by rural vs urban background

From: Medical student selection criteria and socio-demographic factors as predictors of ultimately working rurally after graduation

Variable N Urban background N Rural background P-value (χ 2 test)
Academic entry score (ATAR) 630 99.0 ± 0.04 99 97.50 ± 0.18 <0.001
Interview score 630 28.0 ± 0.2 99 26.9 ± 0.6 0.065
Total UMAT Percentile score 630 84.6 ± 0.4 99 75.8 ± 2.0 0.022
UMAT-1 Percentile score 629 79.7 ± 0.7 99 74.5 ± 2.1 0.865
UMAT-2 Percentile score 629 72.8 ± 0.9 99 73.2 ± 2.2 <0.001
UMAT-3 Percentile score 629 77.5 ± 0.8 99 63.4 ± 2.5 0.009
Age at completion      0.022
  Up to 23 yr 377 59.8% 48 48.5%  
  24 yr and older 253 40.2% 51 51.5%  
Sex      0.010
  Female 338 53.7% 66 66.7%  
  Male 292 46.3% 33 33.3%  
Secondary school      <0.001
  Government 189 33.4% 54 55.7%  
  Independent 377 66.6% 43 44.3%  
IRSAD score      <0.001
  Deciles 1-2 4 0.6% 3 3.0%  
  Deciles 3-4 7 1.1% 12 12.1%  
  Deciles 5-6 29 4.6% 36 36.4%  
  Deciles 7-8 93 14.8% 19 19.2%  
  Deciles 9-10 497 78.9% 29 29.3%  
ASGC-Remoteness area      <0.001
  Major Cities 621 98.6% 0 0  
  Inner regional 4 0.6% 35 35.4%  
  Outer regional 4 0.6% 51 51.5%  
  Remote 1 0.2% 11 11.1%  
  Very remote 0 0 2 2.0%  
Country of origin      <0.001
  Oceania 397 63.0% 88 88.9%  
  UK and Ireland 25 6.3% 1 1.0%  
  Eastern and SE Asia 116 18.4% 4 4.0%  
  Southern Asia 40 6.3% 1 1.0%  
  Other 52 8.3% 5 5.1%  
  1. Significant P values are in bold-faced type.