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Table 1 Sociodemographic and other characteristics of the sample (N = 206)

From: Lebanese students’ motivation in medical school: does it change throughout the years? A cross-sectional study

 USJ (N = 145)USEK (N = 61)p-value
Year of study  0.035
 1st year50 (34.5%)13 (21.3%) 
 2nd year15 (10.3%)11 (18%) 
 3rd year21 (14.5%)13 (21.3%) 
 4th year13 (9%)11 (18%) 
 5th year46 (31.7%)13 (21.3%) 
Repeating the academic year  0.526
 No144 (99.3%)60 (98.4%) 
 Yes1 (0.7%)1 (1.6%) 
Gender  0.635
 Male59 (40.7%)27 (44.3%) 
 Female86 (59.3%)34 (55.7%) 
Marital status
 Single144 (100%)61 (100%)
Belonging to a medical family  0.742
 No108 (74.5%)46 (76.7%) 
 Yes37 (25.5%)14 (23.3%) 
Living with parents  0.043
 No18 (12.4%)2 (3.3%) 
 Yes127 (87.6%)59 (96.7%) 
Reason to be a doctor
 Vocation and passion for medicine115 (79.3%)52 (85.2%)0.321
 Familial pressure7 (4.8%)4 (6.6%)0.614
 It’s a business that earns money37 (25.5%)15 (24.6%)< 0.001
 For the benefits that this profession brings, especially in Lebanon45 (31%)11 (18%)0.056
 It’s a liberal job77 (53.1%)11 (18%)< 0.001
 For the humanitarian side of the profession105 (72.4%)37 (60.7%)0.096
Satisfaction with choice of medical studies
 Yes121 (84%)54 (88.5%)0.405
Choice of specialty fixed from the beginning
 Yes42 (29%)21 (34.4%)0.437
Choice of specialty modified during your medical studies
 Yes85 (60.3%)39 (63.9%)0.625
Choice of specialty  0.594
 Medical specialty63 (43.4%)22 (36.1%) 
 Surgery42 (29%)21 (34.4%) 
 Others40 (27.6%)18 (29.5%)