Table 1

Percentages of respondents choosing emergency medicine as their first choice of career at 1 (1993–2009), 3 (1993–2008) and 5 (1993–2005) years after graduation

Percentages choosing emergency medicine
Year 1Year 3Year 5
CohortMenWomenTotalMenWomenTotalMenWomenTotal
19933.42.93.23.72.93.33.32.73.0
19963.43.33.44.74.74.74.54.14.3
19995.24.74.95.56.05.84.73.94.2
20003.13.53.35.34.24.63.53.03.2
20024.84.94.95.25.45.35.04.94.9
20057.5*4.7*5.75.94.85.24.52.73.4
20084.24.04.15.24.44.7n.a.n.a.n.a.
20096.5*3.1*4.2n.a.n.a.n.a.n.a.n.a.n.a.
Total4.7*3.9*4.25.04.64.84.23.53.8
  • Numbers of respondents were: year 1, 9572 men, 13806 women, 23378 total; year 3, 8349 men, 11351 women, 19700 total; year 5, 6740 men, 8789 women, 15529 total.

  • χ2 Test for linear trend: year 1, men χ21=18.6 (p<0.001), women χ21=0.64 (p=0.42), total χ21=10.1 (p=0.001); year 3, men χ21=4.9 (p=0.03), women χ21=2.0 (p=0.15), total χ21=5.8 (p=0.02); year 5, men χ21=2.0 (p=0.16), women χ21=0.22 (p=0.64), total χ21=1.3 (p=0.25).

  • *p<0.01 when comparing emergency medicine choices in men and women.

  • n.a., data not available.