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Table 5 Percentages and numbers of doctors who originally chose Ophthalmology and were working in Ophthalmology seven (1996 cohort) and ten (1974, 1977, 1983 and 1993 cohorts) years after qualification

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

  Specialty at Year Seven/Ten
  Percentages (Numbers)
Original Choice Ophthalmology Other Surgery Other Careers All Specialty Destinations
Ophthalmology in Year One (untied 1st choice) 63.8 (111) 4.6 (8) 31.6 (55) 100 (174)
Ophthalmology in Year One (tied 1st choice) 21.1 (4) 5.3 (1) 73.7 (14) 100 (19)
Other surgery in Year One 1.1 (20) 46.2 (822) 52.7 (937) 100 (1779)
Other career in Year One 0.4 (41) 0.9 (90) 98.7 (9834) 100 (9965)
Total (All Year One Choices) 1.5 (176) 7.7 (921) 90.8 (10840) 100 (11937)
Ophthalmology in Year Three (untied 1st choice) 84.0 (147) 0.6 (1) 15.4 (27) 100 (175)
Ophthalmology in Year Three (tied 1st choice) 25.0 (2) 0.0 (0) 75.0 (6) 100 (8)
Other surgery in Year Three 0.3 (3) 68.4 (809) 31.3 (370) 100 (1182)
Other career in Year Three 0.1 (12) 0.6 (57) 99.3 (9781) 100 (9850)
Total (All Year Three Choices) 1.5 (164) 7.7(867) 90.8 (10184) 100 (11215)
Ophthalmology in Year Five (untied 1st choice) 92.0 (127) 0.0 (0) 8.0 (11) 100 (138)
Ophthalmology in Year Five (tied 1st choice) - (0) - (0) - (0) - (0)
Other surgery in Year Five 0.0 (0) 82.9 (731) 17.1 (151) 100 (882)
Other career in Year Five 0.1 (5) 0.6 (44) 99.4 (7786) 100 (7835)
Total (All Year Five Choices) 1.5 (132) 8.8 (775) 89.8 (7948) 100 (8855)