Table 1

Percentages of doctors who specified each factor as influencing their choice of career ‘a great deal’
Year 1 career choice and response
Factor Cardiology Other hospital physician All other choices
Domestic circumstances 13.83**,4** 22.6 27.0
Hours/working conditions 18.63**,4** 37.5 46.5
Eventual financial prospects 14.81** 9.3 13.6
Promotion/career prospects 29.31**,2* 19.1 22.5
Self-appraisal 50.4 47.9 50.3
Advice from others 18.2 15.5 16.3
Student experience of subject 45.7 40.3 47.2
Particular teacher/department 39.51**,2** 29.4 25.2
Inclinations before medical school 8.44** 8.3 17.2
Experience of jobs so far 61.02** 59.2 48.5
Enthusiasm/commitment 71.11* 63.9 72.6
Year 3 career choice and response
Factor Cardiology Other hospital physician All other choices
Domestic circumstances 10.33*,4** 20.1 27.9
Hours/working conditions 12.23**,4** 36.7 54.4
Eventual financial prospects 16.01* 8.5 15.9
Promotion/career prospects 24.9 20.1 25.0
Self-appraisal 51.2 48.9 51.3
Advice from others 19.7 16.4 17.0
Student experience of subject 28.51* 20.2 26.4
Particular teacher/department 46.22** 36.5 22.5
Inclinations before medical school 6.54* 7.2 15.1
Experience of jobs so far 74.32* 70.5 63.1
Enthusiasm/commitment 70.61* 57.9 64.9
Year 5 career choice and response
Factor Cardiology Other hospital physician All other choices
Domestic circumstances 10.23**,4** 31.4 44.6
Hours/working conditions 9.53**,4** 44.1 61.4
Eventual financial prospects 18.91**,2* 7.5 13.0
Promotion/career prospects 33.71**,2** 20.6 23.8
Self-appraisal 61.9 54.8 57.4
Advice from others 19.42* 15.8 13.1
Student experience of subject 29.11* 20.8 23.4
Particular teacher/department 41.42** 38.4 17.3
Inclinations before medical school 7.9 6.2 12.2
Experience of jobs so far 80.32**,1* 71.3 63.6
Enthusiasm/commitment 88.71**,2** 77.4 73.5

1Cardiology significantly higher percentage (p < 0.01 denoted by *, p < 0.001 denoted by **), compared with response from those who chose other hospital specialties. 2Cardiology significantly higher percentage, compared with response from those who chose all other specialties. 3Cardiology significantly lower percentage, compared with response from those who chose other hospital specialties. 4Cardiology significantly lower percentage, compared with responses from those who chose all other specialties.

Smith et al.

Smith et al. BMC Medical Education 2013 13:10   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-10

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