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Table 1 Choice of medical and surgical specialties after medical school in France

From: How and why do French medical students choose the specialty of infectious and tropical diseases? A national cross-sectional study

Ranking Specialty Mean median rank 2017 2018
Median rank [IQR] First Last Opened Unfilled Median rank [IQR] First Last Opened Unfilled
1 Infectious and tropical diseases 526.5 402 [179–1146] 1 3709 49 0 651 [154–1690] 1 3209 51 0
2 Ophtalmology 603.75 578 [294–1028] 3 2158 129 0 629 [275–1027] 18 1830 150 0
3 Plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery 723 675 [411–929] 29 1553 27 0 771 [440–1390] 80 2177 29 0
4 Nephrology 734.25 748 [297–1622] 15 4395 76 0 720 [258–2087] 10 3791 80 0
5 Cardiovascular medicine 839.75 795 [364–1532] 4 2887 170 0 884 [407–1637] 23 2678 181 0
6 Dermatology-Venereology 1096 1091 [487–1556] 33 2247 90 0 1101 [482–1459] 11 2448 95 0
7 Radiology and medical imaging 1229 1192 [690–1818] 8 2536 245 0 1266 [667–1923] 3 3076 254 0
8 Hematology 1444 1461 [483–4228] 22 5628 44 0 1427 [539–3546] 86 5790 44 0
9 Oncology 1499.5 1479 [870–2461] 39 4146 117 0 1520 [736–2526] 12 3935 120 0
10 Otorhinolaryngology - Craniofacial surgery 1501 1339 [929–2055] 174 3147 76 0 1663 [999–2344] 56 3254 81 0
11 Neurology 1645 1374 [636–2322] 16 3643 121 0 1916 [723–2981] 5 4280 127 0
12 Neurosurgery 1670.5 1204 [538–2246] 190 3986 21 0 2137 [1039–3724] 228 5595 25 0
13 Maxillofacial surgery 1780.75 2002 [946–2445] 140 2870 24 0 1559 [1133–2043] 311 3250 27 0
14 Intensive care medicine 1811.75 1366 [615–2648] 107 4271 64 0 2257 [832–4177] 49 5318 72 0
15 Hepato-Gastroenterology 1883.75 1720 [771–2697] 71 3971 122 0 2047 [937–2779] 6 4332 128 0
16 Internal medicine and clinical immunology 1898.5 1831 [477–4135] 2 5693 113 0 1966 [652–4059] 7 6801 123 0
17 Orthopedic and trauma surgery 1913.5 1977 [1366–2783] 170 3467 116 0 1850 [1157–2712] 2 3887 121 0
18 Urology 1997.25 2075 [1124–3129] 224 3888 61 0 1919 [906–2966] 44 4088 62 0
19 Rheumatology 2081.5 1916 [1298–2730] 63 4290 83 0 2247 [1524–3171] 94 4159 86 0
20 Anaesthesiology and intensive care 2103.5 2165 [1162–2972] 24 4083 445 0 2042 [1081–2963] 25 4079 465 0
21 Nuclear medicine 2311 2080 [1635–2746] 314 3122 31 0 2542 [1808–3181] 268 3797 33 0
22 Pulmonology 2614 2346 [1400–3531] 129 4624 116 0 2882 [2011–3788] 8 4557 121 0
23 Obstetrics and gynecology 2757 2614 [1849–3474] 204 4538 197 0 2900 [2039–3747] 61 4843 204 0
24 Oral surgery 2808.5 2613 [1986–3013] 1520 3191 12 0 3003 [2115–3258] 1989 4127 12 0
25 Pediatrics 3150.25 2950 [1776–3915] 83 5129 316 0 3350 [1897–4401] 96 6141 330 0
26 Gynecology 3157.25 2985 [2271–3658] 564 4600 64 0 3329 [2390–4279] 347 5331 81 0
27 Pediatric surgery 3184.75 3157 [2574–3606] 701 4103 24 0 3212 [1926–3863] 918 5169 22 0
28 Pathology 3330 2611 [1212–3350] 31 4199 56 0 4049 [2461–4970] 582 5611 60 0
29 Gastro-enterologic surgery 3398.5 3265 [2423–3755] 121 4509 77 0 3532 [2462–4368] 441 5247 80 0
30 Vascular medicine 3678.75 3657 [3116–4115] 735 4635 44 0 3700 [3122–4134] 559 4633 46 0
31 Thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 3761 3804 [2761–4148] 807 4510 25 0 3718 [2482–5094] 217 5624 24 0
32 Vascular surgery 3765 3615 [2740–3942] 640 4439 29 0 3915 [3172–4167] 1980 4505 28 0
33 Endocrinology. diabetes and nutrition 4120.5 4061 [2068–4685] 166 5752 80 0 4180 [3128–5380] 375 6667 82 0
34 Physical medicine and rehabilitation 4236.75 4128 [2695–4968] 569 5926 94 0 4345 [3267–5068] 73 7068 99 0
35 Allergology 4736.5 4478 [3614–5277] 2055 6399 27 0 4995 [3949–5602] 2367 6682 28 0
36 Medical genetics 5354.75 3717 [2120–4737] 582 5801 20 0 6992 [3750–7690] 57 8470 20 0
37 Emergency medicine 5662.75 5454 [4374–6677] 331 8285 460 0 5871 [4631–7120] 1103 8693 469 21
38 Legal medicine and medical jurisprudence 5795.75 5768 [4936–6665] 1187 7441 26 0 5823 [4976–6368] 1500 7618 27 0
39 General medicine 5846 5812 [4346–6969] 50 8372 3132 187 5880 [4401–7140] 62 8706 3268 163
40 Psychiatry 6024.5 5773 [4250–7217] 84 8344 494 8 6276 [4504–7584] 495 8685 528 18
41 Geriatrics 6128 6164 [4714–7550] 275 8371 200 29 6092 [3984–7345] 72 8684 199 36
42 Public Health 6681.5 6256 [4055–7589] 390 8211 84 5 7107 [6325–8179] 1063 8674 90 21
43 Clinical biology 6860.25 6212 [5081–7556] 244 8363 110 0 7508 [6356–8065] 1366 8695 111 20
44 Occupational medicine 7698.5 7572 [6264–8037] 1012 8370 137 48 7825 [6903–8282] 3012 8699 129 48