Career preferences of doctors graduating in 1974.Br Med J 1976; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6036.630 (Published 11 September 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;2:630
- J Parkhouse,
- C McLaughlin
Questionnaires were sent to all 2348 doctors who had graduated from medical schools in England, Scotland, and Wales in 1974 asking about their career preferences. Most were in their second preregistration post, and the response rate was 86-1%. The most popular first choice of career was general practice (665 of the responders; 32-9%), followed by medicine (454; 22-5%), surgery (321; 15-9%), and paediatrics (129; 6-4%). Only 507 of the responders (25-1%), however, stated that their preference was "definite". First choices differed widely between men and women graduates and between graduates of different medical schools.