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Table 1 Percentage (and numbers) of respondents who specified Ophthalmology as their first choice of eventual career at one (1974–2002), three (1974–2000) and five (1974–1980, 1993 & 1996) years after graduation

From: Career choices for ophthalmology made by newly qualified doctors in the United Kingdom, 1974–2005

  Percentages (numbers) choosing Ophthalmology
  Year One Year Three Year Five
Cohort Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
1974 0.9 (13) 0.8 (4) 0.9 (17) 1.3 (14) 1.4 (6) 1.3 (20) 1.2 (15) 1.2 (6) 1.2 (21)
1977 1.4 (25) 0.9 (8) 1.3 (33) 1.5 (24) 1.4 (11) 1.5 (35) 1.5 (26) 1.2 (11) 1.4 (37)
1980 2.0 (36) 2.5 (25) 2.1 (61) 1.7 (31) 1.4 (14) 1.6 (45) 1.4 (25) 1.0 (10) 1.3 (35)
1983 2.2 (42) 1.0 (12) 1.7 (54) 2.2 (40) 0.8 (10) 1.6 (50) N/A N/A N/A
1993 3.5 (45) 2.2 (29) 2.8 (74) 1.9 (27) 1.8 (25) 1.9 (52) 2.0 (27) 1.7 (23) 1.8 (50)
1996 1.9 (27) 1.3 (20) 1.6 (47) 1.7 (21) 1.5 (22) 1.6 (43) 2.1 (25) 1.0 (14) 1.5 (39)
1999 2.7 (31) 1.7 (27) 2.1 (58) 2.4 (26) 1.4 (20) 1.8 (46) 2.4 (28) 1.2 (18) 1.7 (46)
2000 3.1 (40) 1.4 (23) 2.1 (63) 3.0 (40) 1.7 (28) 2.3 (68) 2.4 (29) 1.2 (18) 1.7 (47)
2002 3.6 (39) 1.6 (27) 2.4 (66) 2.9 (31) 0.8 (14) 1.6 (45) N/A N/A N/A
Total 2.3 (298) 1.5 (175) 1.9 (473) 2.0 (254) 1.4 (150) 1.7 (404) 1.8 (175) 1.2 (100) 1.6 (275)
  1. Numbers of respondents were 13164 (Men), 11457 (Women) and 24621 (Total) in Year One; 12420 (Men), 11048 (Women) and 23468 (Total) in Year Three; 9559 (Men), 8128 (women) and 17687 (Total) in Year Five. Chi-square test for linear trend – year 1; men χ2 1 = 27.7 (p < 0.001); women χ2 1 = 0.9 (p = 0.35); total χ2 1 = 14.6 (p < 0.001) – year three; men 10.6 (p = 0.001); women 0.4 (p = 0.85); total 3.5 (p = 0.062) – year five; men 10.5 (p = 0.001); women 0.02 (p = 0.90); total 4.1 (p = 0.043).