Table 5

Looking backwards: percentage of doctors, whose eventual career was surgery, who originally gave each choice

Career destination in surgery


Men

Women

Total


Original Choice

%

n

%

n

%

n


Year 1

Surgery untied 1st

87.9

1091

79.1

239

86.2

1330

Surgery tied 1st

3.7

46

4.0

12

3.8

58

Surgery 2nd or 3rd

3.6

45

3.6

11

3.6

56

Choices other than surgery

4.8

59

13.2

40

6.4

99

Total

100.0

1241

100.0

302

100.0

1543

Year 3

Surgery untied 1st

93.9

1120

91.5

260

93.4

1380

Surgery tied 1st

1.3

16

1.4

4

1.4

20

Surgery 2nd or 3rd

1.0

12

1.8

5

1.2

17

Choices other than surgery

3.8

45

5.3

15

4.1

60

Total

100.0

1193

100.0

284

100.0

1477

Year 5

Surgery untied 1st

97.1

1015

93.4

256

96.4

1271

Surgery tied 1st

0.5

5

1.8

5

0.8

10

Surgery 2nd or 3rd

0.3

3

1.1

3

1.2

16

Choices other than surgery

2.1

22

3.6

10

2.4

32

Total

100.0

1045

100.0

274

100.0

1319


Table includes all respondents working in surgery at year ten (cohorts of 1974, 1977, 1983, 1993, 1996) or seven (cohorts of 1999, 2000): percentages and numbers of men and women whose original choice was for each specialty group at years one, three and five

Goldacre et al. BMC Surgery 2010 10:32   doi:10.1186/1471-2482-10-32

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