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Table 2 Demographic characteristics and professional expectations of participants

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

  Number (%) (n = 90)
Women 46 (51)
Median age (years) [IQR] 25 [24–25.25]
Year of national ranking exam
 2017 48 (53)
 2018 42 (47)
Internship in ID department during medical school
 Yes 71 (79)
 No 19 (21)
Professional experience abroad before the choice
 Yes 27 (30)
 No 63 (70)
Final decision to choose ID specialty
 During medical school 39 (43)
 After the national ranking exam 51 (57)
Hesitation with other specialtiesa
 Internal medicine and clinical immunology 31 (34)
 Family medicine 18 (20)
 Intensive care 18 (20)
 Nephrology 17 (19)
 Hematology 16 (18)
 Hepato-gastro-enterology 8 (9)
 Cardiology 7 (8)
 Dermatology 6 (7)
 Neurology 6 (7)
 Oncology 6 (7)
Interest in the following ID topics
 Tropical diseases 61 (68)
 Antimicrobial stewardship 58 (64)
 Infections in immunocompromised patients 57 (63)
 HIV and sexually-transmitted infections 52 (58)
 Emerging infectious diseases 45 (50)
 Community-acquired infections 42 (47)
 Humanitarian medicine 42 (47)
 Travel medicine 39 (43)
 Health-acquired infections 26 (29)
 Public health 17 (19)
 Vaccinations 14 (16)
 Viral hepatitis 8 (9)
Most interesting aspects of physicians’ work
 Diversity of the tasks 55 (76)
 Possibility to cure patients 48 (67)
 Challenging diagnosis 46 (64)
 Teamwork 42 (58)
 Patient-physician relationship 41 (57)
 Teaching and mentoring 39 (54)
 Scientific and research work 31 (43)
 Helping vulnerable patients 30 (42)
 Follow-up of outpatients 15 (21)
Prospective future activity
 Clinical activity 87 (97)
 Teaching 50 (56)
 Research 39 (43)
Prospective working structure
 University hospital 68 (76)
 General hospital 63 (71)
 Non-governmental organization 34 (38)
 Research institute 19 (21)
 Multidisciplinary health clinic 19 (21)
 Private hospital 18 (20)
 Governmental organization 18 (20)
 Public health institute 8 (9)
 Private surgery 6 (7)
  1. aOnly the specialties cited by more than 5 participants are reported