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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of Danish PhD graduates

From: Low immediate scientific yield of the PhD among medical doctors

  Total University of Copenhagen University of Southern Denmark University of Aarhus
N 2686 1258 281 1147
Female gender, N (%) 1424 (53.0 %) 694 (55.2 %) 134 (47.7 %) 599 (52.3 %)
Median age, years (IQR) 35 (32–38) b 33 (31–36) 33 (31–36) 36 (34–49) a
Year of graduation, N (%)
 1995–1999 401 (14.9 %) 203 (16.1 %) 40 (14.2 %) 158 (13.8 %)
 2000–2004 717 (26.7 %) 300 (23.9 %) 92 (32.7 %) 325 (28.3 %)
 2005–2009 799 (29.8 %) 389 (30.9 %) 74 (26.3 %) 336 (29.3 %)
 2010–2013 769 (28.6 %) 366 (29.1 %) 75 (26.7 %) 328 (28.6 %)
PhD specialty, %
 Medicine 87.3 % 89.1 % 89.3 % 84.8 %
 Surgery 12.7 % 10.9 % 11.7 % 15.2 %
Median duration of PhD, y (IQR) 4.0 (3.5–4.6) 4.0 (3.5–4.6) 4.3 (3.7–5.1) ---
Most productive departments, N (%)
 Cardiology 294 (11.0 %) 151 (12.0 %) 24 (8.9 %) 119 (10.4 %)
 Endocrinology 273 (10.2 %) 117 (9.3 %) 36 (13.3 %) 120 (10.5 %)
 Neurology 189 (7.1 %) 94 (7.5 %) 8 (3.0 %) 87 (7.6 %)
 Gynecology/obstetrics 134 (5.0 %) 73 (5.8 %) 6 (2.2 %) 53 (4.6 %)
  1. aage at graduation
  2. bcalculated including the Aarhus data, where the age is at graduation and not at enrollment