TABLE 2

The 2 Most Important Factors in Decision to Become a Subspecialist

Overall (N = 551), % (n)Neonatal and Critical Care (N = 197), % (n)All Other Subspecialties (N = 354), % (n)
Interest in specific disease or organ system63 (345)40 (78)a75 (267)a
Interest in specific patient population48 (267)76 (150)a33 (117)a
Research/academic environment32 (176)29 (58)33 (118)
Structured hours/lifestyle23 (126)9 (18)a31 (108)a
Earning potential14 (78)21 (41)a10 (37)a
Location2 (9)1 (2)2 (7)
Loan repayment1 (7)2 (4)1 (3)
  • a P ≤ .05.