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Table 2 General characteristics of graduates in each profession

From: Attitudes toward working in rural areas of Thai medical, dental and pharmacy new graduates in 2012: a cross-sectional survey

Attribute Doctor (%) Dentist (%) Pharmacist (%)
<n= 754> <n= 203> <n= 268>
Mean age in years (SD) 24.1 (0.9) 24.3 (1.6) 23.9 (1.6)
Sex    
Male 295 (39.5) 61 (30.0) 57 (21.3)
Female 452 (60.5) 142 (70.0) 120 (78.7)
Hometown area    
Urban 568 (75.9) 157 (77.7) 127 (47.7)
Rural 180 (24.1) 45 (22.3) 139 (52.3)
School location    
Bangkok and vicinity 411 (57.3) 136 (67.0) 9 (3.4)
Upcountry 306 (42.7) 67 (33.0) 258 (96.6)
Mode of admission    
National entrance examination 200 (26.6) 85 (41.9) 159 (59.6)
Direct admission 313 (41.6) 89 (43.8) 70 (26.2)
CPIRD/ODOD 167 (22.2) NA NA
Others (for example, special quota) 72 (9.6) 29 (14.3) 38 (14.2)
Parents’ education    
At least bachelor degree 539 (72.1) 135 (66.8) 163 (61.1)
Below bachelor degree 209 (27.9) 67 (33.2) 104 (38.9)
Parents’ career    
Civil servant 387 (51.3) 100 (49.3) 153 (59.1)
Not civil servant 377 (48.7) 103 (50.7) 106 (40.9)
  1. a n= total number of respondents; NA = not applicable as dentists and pharmacists did not have CPIRD/ODOD admission programme; SD = standard deviation.