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Table 1 Average importance of each item compared by chosen specialty and sex in senior medical students at UNAM Faculty of Medicine in Mexico City (n = 697). 0 = not determinant, 3 = most determinant. Numbers in parentheses represent the order of importance of each item

From: Specialty choice determinants among Mexican medical students: a cross-sectional study

ItemGSaOB/GYNIMFMPedsWomenMen
Type of patients in the specialty2.2 (5)2.5 (1)2.5 (1)2.0 (5)2.5 (1)2.4 (2)2.3 (2)
Variety of medical problems in the specialty2.1 (6)2.1 (5)2.5 (2)1.9 (10)2.2 (8)2.2 (4)2.2 (6)
Work to do during the specialty2.2 (4)2.4 (3)2.4 (3)2.3 (2)2.5 (2)2.4 (1)2.3 (3)
Specialty social engagement1.8 (10)2.0 (9)2.1 (9)1.9 (9)2.2 (6)2.0 (9)1.9 (9)
Possibility of studying a subspecialty2.2 (2)2.1 (7)2.2 (7)1.6 (13)2.2 (7)2.1 (7)2.2 (5)
Opportunities to perform research1.6 (14)1.3 (15)1.6 (13)1.4 (17)1.5 (14)1.5 (14)1.7 (13)
Specialty duration1.9 (12)1.5 (13)1.5 (16)2.1 (4)1.8 (12)1.7 (13)1.6 (14)
Expectation of free time1.6 (15)1.6 (12)1.7 (12)1.9 (9)1.8 (13)1.8 (12)1.7 (12)
Possibility of raising a family1.8 (11)1.8 (10)1.7 (12)1.9 (9)1.9 (10)1.8 (10)1.8 (10)
Potential autonomy after graduation2.0 (8)2.1 (8)2.1 (8)1.9 (12)2.0 (9)2.0 (8)2.1 (7)
Financial reasons1.4 (17)1.5 (14)1.3 (17)1.4 (15)1.4 (16)1.3 (17)1.4 (17)
Family support during the specialty1.8 (9)1.8 (11)1.8 (10)2.0 (6)1.9 (11)1.8 (11)1.8 (11)
Role models1.5 (16)1.3 (17)1.6 (14)1.5 (14)1.5 (15)1.4 (15)1.6 (15)
Pleasant academic experience in the specialty2.2 (4)2.1 (6)2.3 (5)2.2 (3)2.3 (4)2.2 (5)2.3 (4)
Medical internship with pleasant experiences in the specialty2.1 (7)2.1 (4)2.2 (6)1.9 (12)2.3 (5)2.1 (6)2.0 (8)
Specialty prestige1.6 (13)1.3 (16)1.6 (15)1.4 (17)1.2 (17)1.4 (16)1.5 (16)
To have skills related to the specialty2.2 (1)2.4 (2)2.4 (4)2.5 (1)2.4 (3)2.3 (3)2.4 (1)
  1. aGS general surgery, OB/GYN gynecology and obstetrics, IM internal medicine, FM family medicine, Peds pediatrics