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Table 1 Background characteristics of undergraduate health professions students in Uganda’s medical schools, 2012

From: Influence of community-based education on undergraduate health professions students’ decision to work in underserved areas in Uganda

Variable Before COBERS (n = 525) After COBERS (n = 516)
N (%) N (%)
University
 Gulu university 32 (6.1) 34 (6.6)
 Kampala Int. University 169 (32.2) 165 (32.0)
 Makerere University 194 (37.0) 140 (27.1)
 Mbarara University 130 (24.8) 177 (34.3)
Degree programa
 Dentistry 11 (2.1) 6 (1.2)
 Laboratory technology 70 (13.6) 46 (9.2)
 Medicine 283 (55.1) 316 (62.8)
 Nursing 35 (6.8) 35 (7.0)
 Pharmacy 88 (17.1) 59 (11.7)
 Others 27 (5.3) 41 (8.2)
Year of studya
 Year one 301 (58.5) 341 (66.9)
 Year two 40 (7.8) 33 (6.5)
 Year three 82 (15.9) 46 (9.0)
 Year four 83 (16.1) 76 (14.9)
 Year five 9 (1.8) 14 (2.8)
Sexa
 Male 355 (69.6) 339 (69.3)
 Female 155 (30.4) 150 (30.7)
Residence in childhooda
 Kampala 154 (29.8) 183 (35.9)
 Municipalities out of Kampala 187 (36.2) 157 (30.8)
 Rural Uganda 163 (31.6) 159 (31.2)
 Other country 12 (2.4) 11 (2.2)
Type of secondary schoola
 Boarding school 382 (73.6) 389 (75.7)
 Urban day school 94 (18.1) 85 (16.5)
 Rural day school 43 (8.3) 40 (7.8)
Choice of destinationa
 Urban 290 (56.0) 261 (51.6)
 Rural 228 (44.0) 245 (48.4)
  1. COBERS Community-Based Education, Research and Services
  2. aSome of the participants had missing information
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