TABLE 6

The 2 Most Important Factors in Decision to Become a Subspecialist

Overall (N = 754), % (n)Neonatal and Critical Care (N = 243), % (n)All Other Subspecialties (N = 511), % (n)Female (N = 430), % (n)Male (N = 324), % (n)
Interest in specific disease or organ system67 (506)45 (109)a78 (397)a68 (292)66 (214)
Interest in specific patient population43 (324)70 (169)a30 (155)a46 (199)a39 (125)a
Research/academic environment32 (243)22 (53)a37 (190)a30 (131)35 (112)
Structured hours/lifestyle27 (202)20 (48)a30 (154)a29 (124)24 (78)
Earning potential20 (152)34 (82)a14 (70)a15 (65)a27 (87)a
Loan repayment1 (9)2 (5)1 (4)1 (6)1 (3)
Location1 (5)0 (1)1 (4)1 (4)0 (1)
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