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of their future specialties and to study the factors influencing their decision.
Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted among public &
private sector medical colleges of Peshawar including Khyber Medical College
(KMC), Rahman Medical College (RMC), Peshawar Medical College (PMC)
& Kabir Medical College (KaMC). A semi structured questionnaire based on
the objectives was distributed among the students to collect their responses.
Frequencies were calculated for all the variables including demographic and
objective specific variables for the study.
Results: A total of 300 female students gave their responses out of 333, who
were given the questionnaire. Regarding the specialty of their personal interest,
90(30%) students answered surgery and allied, 110(36.67%) medicine &
allied while 70(23.33%) females selected obstetrics & gynaecology as their
specialty of choice. The choice was mainly driven by personal interest [n=189
(65.85%)] and inspiration from a role model [n=36 (12.54%)]. Out of these
300, 85 students were not sure if they will be working in the specialty of their
personal interest or not, due to many reasons including whether they will be
able to adjust work-life balance [n=21 (24.71%)] and difficulty in the exams of
specialty of choice [n=18 (21.18%)].
Conclusion: A large number of female students selected medicine and allied
as their choice specialty. The choice was mostly driven by personal interest.
There were almost a quarter of students who were not sure whether they will
be working in the specialty of choice due to various reasons.
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