Table 2

Percentage (and number, n) who described their choice as a definite or probable choice, for doctors who chose each specialty group (N): UK medical graduates surveyed 1 year after graduation

Grouped specialty*Cohort group
201520122005, 2008 and 2009Linear trend
 %  n/N %  n/N %  n/Nχ2 valueP value (df=1)
Radiology86.879/9182.547/5773.2131/1797.10.008
Surgery86.3421/48885.3301/35380.01253/156611.9<0.001
Psychiatry78.7129/16473.968/9278.0256/3280.00.981
Community health77.87/933.32/644.44/9NANA
General practice76.1638/83880.4555/69075.92016/26560.60.457
Obstetrics and gynaecology75.0123/16482.3102/12470.7352/4982.60.108
Anaesthesia73.6349/47480.4242/30172.5766/10570.90.356
Radiotherapy and oncology73.157/7874.143/5868.7125/1820.70.415
Paediatrics72.8190/26180.3171/21374.9586/7820.10.798
Non-medical71.430/4243.87/1649.231/634.60.031
Emergency medicine69.0118/17177.780/10361.6252/4094.60.031
Public health67.919/2855.216/2961.451/830.10.699
Hospital medical specialties67.3533/79268.9430/62460.61360/224415.6<0.001
Other medical specialties66.714/2183.310/1256.941/721.30.257
Pathology66.064/9776.151/6767.3152/2260.00.968
All respondents*80.82343/290083.01831/220677.36387/826324.8<0.001
  • Note: Due to low numbers, χ2 could not be calculated for community health.

  • *Excludes respondents who did not state a specialty choice or the level of certainty of their career choice.

  • NA, not applicable.