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Table 1 Student demographics

From: Gender differences in specialty preference among medical Students at Aleppo University: a cross-sectional study

 Male N(%)Female N(%)Totalp-value
Number of respondents245314561 
Age, years21 (2)b21 (2)b21 (2)b0.542
Year of medical school
 Second113 (46)122 (39)235 (42)0.228
 Fourth67 (27)100 (32)169 (30) 
 Sixth65 (27)91 (29)156 (28) 
Average score in medical school
  < 80120 (50)147 (48)269 (49)0.605
  ≥ 80121 (50)162 (52)283 (51) 
Marital status
 Single228 (93)293 (93)522 (93)0.932
 Married3 (1)5 (2)8 (1) 
 Other13 (5)16 (5)30 (5) 
Father’s level of education
 Less than high school48 (20)46 (15)96 (17)0.406
 High school28 (12)44 (14)72 (13) 
 College24 (10)39 (13)63 (11) 
 University118 (49)159 (51)277 (50) 
 Physician22 (9)24 (8)46 (8) 
Mother’s level of education
 Less than high school80 (33)66 (21)148 (27)0.006a
 High school39 (16)42 (13)81 (15) 
 College33 (14)63 (20)96 (17) 
 University75 (31)125 (40)200 (36) 
 Physician13 (5)16 (5)29 (5) 
Father’s work hours per day
 No work32 (14)33 (11)65 (12)0.544
  ≤ 661 (26)77 (25)139 (25) 
  ≥ 7144 (61)199 (64)344 (63) 
Father’s work, days per week5 (2)b5 (2)b5 (2)b0.129
Mother’s work, hours per day
 No work137 (58)165 (54)303 (55)0.161
  ≤ 659 (25)98 (32)157 (29) 
  ≥ 742 (18)44 (14)87 (16) 
Mother’s work, days per week2 (3)b2 (3)b2 (3)b0.688
Preferred employment status, hours per day
 No work23 (9)12 (4)35 (6)< 0.0001a
  ≤ 6110 (45)209 (68)321 (58) 
  ≥ 7110 (45)88 (28)198 (36) 
Preferred employment status days per week5 (2)b5 (1)b5 (1)b0.55
  1. aStatistically significant; bMean (standard deviation)