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Table 7 Reasons to reenter active medicine, by gender a

From: A national survey of 'inactive' physicians in the United States of America: enticements to reentry

  Not Currently Activeb Reentered
  Reasons to consider becoming
active in medicine again
Reasons reentered
active medicine
  Female
(N = 248)
Male
(N = 250)
Female
(N = 114)
Male
(n = 112)
  % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n)
Availability of part-time work or flexible scheduling 57.7e (143) 41.6 (104) 54.4c (62) 41.1 (46)
Financial need 42.7 (106) 41.2 (103) 28.1 (32) 36.6 (41)
Desire to provide volunteer services 41.5 (103) 35.2 (88) 7.9 (9) 8.0 (9)
Change in family or personal circumstances 53.2e (132) 30.0 (75) 43.9e (50) 17.9 (20)
Responding to a need in the community 35.9 (89) 37.6 (94) 12.3 (14) 21.4 (24)
Miss caring for patients 37.1 (92) 34.8 (87) 37.7 (43) 27.7 (31)
Miss colleagues/practice environment 23.4 (58) 22.0 (55) 28.1c (32) 17.0 (19)
Want to pursue a new challenge or new area of medicine 23.4 (58) 16.8 (42) 9.6 d (11) 24.1 (27)
Boredom/Too much free time on my hands 17.7 (44) 16.4 (41) 12.3 (14) 14.3 (16)
An opportunity to change my specialty/subspecialty with relative ease 21.0e (52) 9.6 (24) 11.4 (13) 8.0 (9)
An opportunity with less administrative responsibility 5.6 (4) 10.0 (25) 5.3 d (6) 16.1 (18)
Other 23.4 (58) 26.8 (67) 14.9 (17) 23.2 (26)
Nothing 2.8 (7) 4.0 (10) n/a   n/a  
  1. a Positive responses; multiple response permitted
  2. b Two physicians not currently active in medicine did not report their gender.
  3. c P < 0.05, male vs. female, within workforce status
  4. d P < 0.01, male vs. female, within workforce status
  5. e P < 0.001, male vs. female, within workforce status