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OBJECTIVE: To report the career choices and career destinations in 1995 of doctors who qualified in the United Kingdom in 1988. DESIGN: Postal questionnaire. SETTING: United Kingdom. SUBJECTS: All doctors who qualified in the United Kingdom in 1988. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Current employment. RESULTS: Of the 3724 doctors who were sent questionnaires, eight had died and three declined to participate. Of the remaining 3713 doctors, 2885 (77.7%) replied. 16.9% (608/3593; 95% confidence interval 16.1% to 17.8%) of all 1988 qualifiers from medical schools in Great Britain were not working in the NHS in Great Britain in 1995 compared with 17.0% (624/3674; 16.1% to 17.9%) of the 1983 cohort in 1990. The proportion of doctors working in general practice was lower than in previous cohorts. The percentage of women in general practice (44.3% (528/1192)) substantially exceeded that of men (33.1% (443/1340)). 53% (276/522) of the women in general practice and 20% (98/490) of the women in hospital specialties worked part time. CONCLUSIONS: Concerns about recruitment difficulties in general practice are justified. Women are now entering general practice in greater numbers than men. There is no evidence of a greater exodus from the NHS from the 1988 qualifiers than from earlier cohorts.


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1429 - 1431


Career Choice *Career Mobility Cohort Studies Data Collection Employment/statistics & numerical data Family Practice/manpower Female Great Britain Humans Male Medical Staff, Hospital/statistics & numerical data Physicians/*statistics & numerical data Professional Practice/*statistics & numerical data State Medicine/statistics & numerical data