Table 4 Profile by specialty choice categories with n > 20 responders (n = 184)

From: Factors influencing specialty choice and the effect of recall bias on findings from Irish medical graduates: a cross-sectional, longitudinal study

  GP Surgery Medicine Total Chi square
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) p
Total Total 28 (15) 61 (33) 95 (52) 184 (100)  
Age 27 years+ 18 (69) 19 (34) 28 (30) 65 (37) 0.001
Sex Male 9 (35) 33 (59) 36 (39) 78 (45) 0.030
Debt €10 k or more 18 (69) 30 (54) 44 (47) 92 (52) 0.139
Study pathway
 Direct Entry Medicine (DEM) 11 (42) 36 (64) 66 (70) 113 (64) 0.032
 Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) 15 (58) 20 (36) 28 (30) 63 (36)  
Migration intention
 Remain in Ireland 16 (57) 26 (43) 30 (32) 72 (39) 0.041
 Go abroad (LBR & LP) 12 (43) 35 (57) 65 (68) 112 (61)  
“I felt burned out from my work"
 Daily or Weekly 4 (9) 13 (30) 26 (60) 43  
 Once a month or less 23 (17) 43 (32) 68 (51) 134  
“I have become more callous toward people since I took this job”
 Daily or weekly 8 (13) 22 (36) 31 (51) 61 0.623
 Once a month or less 19 (16) 34 (29) 63 (54) 116  
Following rated as Important/Very important
 Own aptitude/skills 26 (15) 59 (34) 91 (52) 176 0.286
 Work-life balance 27 (16) 53 (31) 91 (53) 171 0.207
 What I really want to do 20 (14) 46 (32) 77 (54) 143 0.196
 Intellectual satisfaction 20 (12) 55 (33) 91 (55) 166 0.001
 Acceptable hours/working conditions 23 (17) 38 (28) 75 (55) 136 0.006
 Career prospects 21 (13) 53 (33) 86 (54) 160 0.136
 Self-appraisal of own skills/aptitude 16 (12) 42 (33) 70 (55) 128 0.088
 Career fitting my domestic circumstances 23 (19) 33 (27) 66 (54) 122 0.006
 Experience of job so far 15 (12) 42 (34) 65 (53) 122 0.075
 Career and promotion prospects 13 (10) 41 (33) 70 (56) 124 0.002
 Availability of career posts 17 (15) 36 (31) 64 (55) 117 0.793
 Amount of patient contact 24 (17) 41 (29) 77 (54) 142 0.085
 Availability postgraduate training places 15 (13) 37 (33) 61 (54) 113 0.511
 Future financial prospects 17 (16) 37 (34) 55 (51) 109 0.583
 Location and transport 15 (12) 41 (34) 66 (54) 122 0.336
 Potential earnings 20 (17) 40 (33) 60 (50) 120 0.546
 A particular teacher/department 7 (7) 31 (30) 64 (63) 102 0.000
 Experience of subject as a student 14 (14) 31 (31) 54 (54) 99 0.828
 Advice from others 9 (10) 26 (29) 55 (61) 90 0.025
 Spouse/Partner’s career 18 (19) 36 (37) 42 (44) 96 0.054
 Continuity of patient care 22 (21) 24 (23) 57 (55) 103 0.001
 Current financial debt 9 (21) 17 (40) 17 (40) 43 0.107
 Inclinations before medical school 9 (24) 8 (22) 20 (54) 37 0.092
  1. KEY: GP General Practice, LBR Leave But Return, LP Leave Permanently
  2. Bold values denote significance at the p < 0.05 level