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Table 1 Characteristics of GP candidates and non-GP candidates among Japanese medical student

From: What determines medical students’ career preference for general practice residency training?: a multicenter survey in Japan

  Total (N = 1264) GP (N = 405) Non-GP (N = 846)
Demographics; no. (%) of students
 Age, median (range), years 24 (23–58) 24 (23–58) 24 (23–52)
 Sex (male) 838 (66.3) 274 (67.2) 564 (65.9)
 Hometown
  Urban 267 (21.1) 72 (17.7) 195 (22.8)
  Relatively urban 287 (22.7) 102 (25) 185 (21.6)
  Relatively rural 401 (31.7) 130 (31.9) 271 (31.7)
  Rural 309 (24.5) 104 (25.5) 205 (24)
 Other academic or professional experiences prior to medical school 286 (22.6) 102 (25) 184 (21.5)
 Physician parent 406 (32.1) 114 (27.9) 292 (34.1)
 Intent to inherit existing practice 143 (11.3) 55 (13.5) 88 (10.3)
Career prioritiesa; mean (SD)
 Mastering advanced procedures 4.83 (1.00) 4.60 (1.03) 4.93 (0.97)
 Work life balance 4.89 (0.93) 4.90 (0.89) 4.89 (0.95)
 Frequent patient communication 4.82 (0.89) 5.01 (0.82) 4.73 (0.91)
 Opening own clinic 3.33 (1.35) 3.48 (1.34) 3.26 (1.35)
 Involvement in preventive medicine 4.06 (1.13) 4.40 (1.04) 3.90 (1.14)
 Involvement in terminal care 3.77 (1.15) 4.06 (1.03) 3.63 (1.17)
 Acute care rather than chronic care 4.11 (1.06) 3.96 (1.02) 4.18 (1.07)
 Not treat patients with psychosocial problems 2.75 (1.19) 2.50 (1.14) 2.87 (1.19)
 Income 4.17 (1.00) 4.04 (1.08) 4.23 (0.96)
 Access to advanced medical fields 4.28 (0.98) 4.06 (0.97) 4.39 (0.96)
 Clinical diagnostic reasoning 4.31 (1.00) 4.60 (0.95) 4.17 (0.99)
 Depth rather than breadth of practice 3.97 (1.02) 3.64 (0.97) 4.13 (1.01)
 Involvement in global health 3.37 (1.13) 3.45 (1.13) 3.32 (1.12)
 Community-oriented practice 4.09 (1.05) 4.47 (0.98) 3.91 (1.03)
  1. aPlease select one of the following options which best describes your thoughts regarding your career priorities.” (1 = strongly disagree, 6 = strongly agree)