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Table 2 Impact of Covid-19 on students’ medical specialty preference

From: Covid-19 crisis impact on the next generation of physicians: a survey of 800 medical students

  Specialty preference prior to Covid-19 outbreak Specialty preference after Covid-19 outbreak Chi-square test
Not yet decided 190 188 ns
Surgery 145 122 ns
Intensive care & Emergency medicine 114 144 p = 0.039
General medicine 108 108 ns
Pulmonology / Cardiology 40 35 ns
Infectious diseases 10 15 ns
Other medical specialties 115 110 ns
Paediatrics 48 41 ns
Psychiatry 20 22 ns
Geriatrics 1 5 ns
Radiology 10 11 ns
Medical biology 1 1 ns
  1. Source: Medical students survey data
  2. Students are significantly more likely to prefer intensive care and emergency medicine after their volunteering during the outbreak than before (p < 0.05, Chi-square test)