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Table 4 Importance of individual and occupational aspects in the future for various specialty choices (0 very important - 100 not at all important); M (SD)

From: Becoming a general practitioner - Which factors have most impact on career choice of medical students?

  GP
(n = 88)
Asth
(n = 101)
Sur
(n = 115)
Paed
(n = 125)
Gyn
(n = 127)
IM
(n = 152)
other
(n = 406)
Individual aspects        
Personal ambition 9 (11.9) 14 (16.0) 18 (16.7) 10 (12.9) 7 (9.3) 13 (13.1) 12 (14.4)
Future perspective 18 (13.9) 15 (11.9) 14 (12.4) 17 (12.9) 15 (12.5) 17 (14.5) 14 (12.5)
Work-life balance 37 (12.8) 44 (15.3) 46 (14.4) 37 (15.0) 36 (13.8) 43 (15.7) 40 (16.7)
Occupational aspects        
Variety in job 22 (12.9) 16 (13.2) 22 (14,9) 23 (12.4) 31 (13.2) 22 (13.9) 26 (15.5)
Patient orientation 19 (17.8) 51 (18.8) 47 (17.7) 32 (19.9) 33 (16.6) 39 (19.9) 42 (20.2)
Job-related ambition 39 (13.6) 33 (15.2) 28 (17.9) 34 (15.4) 37 (16.8) 31 (16.2) 29 (16.7)
Image 42 (20.8) 43 (21.3) 36 (22.5) 46 (19.2) 46 (21.2) 45 (21.6) 44 (22.3)
  1. GP = general practice, Asth = anaesthetics, Sur = surgery, Paed = paediatrics, Gyn = gynaecology and obstetrics, IM = internal medicine; M = mean, SD = standard deviation