Table 2

Male and female students’ career preferences
Variable Category Women Men p
N = 215 N = 157
% (N) % (N)
Specialty preference Surgical specialties 27 (58) 29 (44) NS
Surgery 17 (36) 23 (36) NS
Gynecology 8 (17) 3 (4) .028
Anesthesiology 2 (5) 3 (4) NS
Non-surgical specialties 22 (48) 24 (37) NS
Internal medicine 8 (17) 9 (14) NS
Pediatrics 7 (15) 4 (6) NS
Psychiatrya 3 (6) 3 (5) NS
Neurology 2 (4) 3 (5) NS
Others 3 (6) 5 (7) NS
Family medicine 18 (38) 17 (26) NS
Not sure 32 (68) 30 (47) NS
Preferred working hours (hours per week) More than full-time (>40) 2 (5) 10 (15) .001
Full-time (40) 40 (85) 51 (80)
Slightly less than full-time (31–39) 23 (50) 12 (19)
75% and less (≤30) 31 (66) 24 (37)
Other 4 (9) 4 (6)

Note: Significance level for gender differences was set at p < .05. NS = not significant. p < .05 in bold. aPsychiatry includes child and adolescent psychiatry.

Diderichsen et al.

Diderichsen et al. BMC Medical Education 2013 13:39   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-39

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