INDSCAL Individual differences scaling
MDS Multidimensional scaling
Speciality abbreviations in figures 3 to 8.
ADM Administrative Medicine
ARM Armed Forces
BMS Basic Medical Sciences
ENT Ear, Nose & Throat
GPlrg GP Large Group practice
GPsml GP Small practice
GPsng GP Single handed
GUM Genito-urinary medicine
IND Industrial Medicine
INF Infectious diseases
LAB Laboratory (Haematology, Clinical Chemistry, etc.)
MED Internal Medicine
O&G Obstetrics & Gynaecology
O&T Orthopaedics & Trauma
PHM Pharmaceutical Medicine
PUB Public Health
RAD Radiology/ Radiotherapy
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
ICM had collected the data in the various surveys over a number of
years. ICM and KVP jointly decided how to do the statistical analysis,
and KVP was responsible for the programming and data analysis. ICM
wrote the first draft of the paper, which was revised by KVP, with both
authors being responsible for the final draft.
We thank the many medical students and doctors who, over many years,
have enabled ICM to carry out these longitudinal studies of medical
student selection and training. K V Petrides was supported by a
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awarded by the Economic and Social
Research Council (ESRC) and mentored by I C McManus.