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Table 3 Characteristics of the selection criteria of students interested in various medical specialties

From: Using medical specialty and selection criteria clusters to study specialty selection by Israeli medical students

   Internal Family Emergency
Pediatrics Others Medicine Others Medicine Others Medicine Others
(n = 110; 36%) (n = n = 207; 64%) (n = 94; 30%) (n = 223; 70%) (n = 68; 21%) (n = 249;79%) (n = 67;21%) (n = 250;79%)
Interesting Specialty 92% 91% 89% 66% 89% 92% 96% 90%*
Direct Aid to Patients 79% 77% 78% 78% 79% 78% 78% 78%
Beside Specialty 82% 69%* 89% 66%‡ 83% 71%‡ 78% 73%
Long-term Care 48% 36%‡ 50% 36%* 70% 41%‡ 30% 43%*
Direct Patient Care 72% 57%‡ 60% 68%* 82% 57% 51% 65%
Family Time 90% 75%‡ 81% 81% 88% 79%* 73% 83%
Controllable Lifestyle 71% 72% 69% 72% 82% 69%* 67% 73%
Time to Raise Children 82% 65%‡ 70% 73% 88% 68%‡ 66% 74%
Daytime Work Only 42% 21%‡ 23% 31% 45% 24%* 20% 32%
Work Outside Hospital 12% 12% 11% 13% 25% 9%‡ 11% 14%*
Immediate Satisfaction 52% 57% 38% 60%* 40% 57%* 73% 48%‡
Performing Procedures 33% 55% 27% 57%* 23% 54%‡ 60% 44%‡
Much Action 25% 43%* 25% 42%* 22% 41%‡ 66% 28%‡
Operating Room Time 10% 45%‡ 17% 43%* 14% 41%‡ 37% 35%
Work Only in Hospital 15% 22% 27% 16% 19% 20% 25% 18%
Academic Opportunities 43% 57%‡ 59% 49%* 27% 59%* 61% 49%
Prestigious Specialty§ 8% 15%* 13% 12% 0% 16%‡ 21% 10%*
Prestigious Specialty** 7% 12% 11% 11% 3% 13%‡ 16% 9%
High Salary 44% 54% 38% 56%* 39% 54% 58% 49%
Clerkship Experience 50% 41%* 51% 41% 42% 32% 51% 42%
Family Orientation 50% 30%‡ 42% 36% 74% 22%‡ 28% 40%
On-Calls as an Attending 32% 36% 37% 33% 22% 38%* 57% 28%‡
Medical Administration 20% 23% 24% 21% 24% 22% 31% 20%
Private Practice 48% 58% 48% 57% 38% 59%* 58% 54%
Without Long-term Care 10% 15% 5% 17%* 11% 14%* 13% 13%
  1. Values are the percentage of important/very important on the 5-point Likert scale
  2. Bold values are significantly greater than the other member of the pair (unpaired t-test)
  3. p < 0.001 vs Other group
  4. §in the view of colleagues
  5. *p < 0.05 vs Other group
  6. **in the view of the population