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Table 2 Ratinga of factors in the short-term (during medical school and through postgraduate years 1-4), and long-term (registrar training and beyond), that would improve or worsen by pursing research during medical school

From: What will it take? Pathways, time and funding: Australian medical students’ perspective on clinician-scientist training

Please choose to what degree you feel the following factors would be improved or worsened by pursuing research during your medical training. Much worse
% (n)
Worse
% (n)
Neither worse nor improved
% (n)
Improved
% (n)
Much improved
% (n)
Job prospects
 Short-term 0.3 (1) 1.0 (4) 20.0 (76) 60.0 (214) 21.0 (81)
 Long-term 0.0 (0) 0.5 (2) 10 (37) 55 (207) 35 (131)
Income
 Short-term 1.0 (5) 7.0 (25) 72.0 (269) 17.0 (64) 3.5 (13)
 Long-term 0.0 (0) 3.99 (15) 36.97 (139) 181 48.14% 41 10.90%
Professional advancement/opportunities
 Short-term 0.0 (0) 0.5 (2) 12.5 (47) 62.7 (236) 24.2 (91)
 Long-term 0.0 (0) 0.5 (2) 8.5 (32) 60.1 (226) 30.9 (116)
Personal life balance
 Short-term 13 (49) 56.8 (214) 23.9 (90) 5.6 (21) 0.8 (3)
 Long-term 9.0 (34) 32.4 (122) 44.0 (166) 11.4 (43) 3.2 (12)
Career independence/autonomy
 Short-term 0.8 (3) 5.8 (22) 48.8 (184) 39.8 (150) 4.7 (18)
 Long-term 0.0 (0) 3.7 (14) 34.8 (131) 49.3 (186) 12.2 (46)
Career options
 Short-term 0.3 (1) 1.3 (5) 17.2 (65) 64.2 (64) 17.0 (64)
 Long-term 0.3 (1) 0.8 (3) 10.6 (40) 63.0 (237) 25.3 (95)
  1. aRatings were on a 5 point Likert scale from 1 = much worse to 5 = much improved