Table 4.

Unadjusted (bivariate) odds ratios (OR) for fourth-year dental students (n=172) having applied to a postgraduate educational program

Independent VariablesCategoryORSignificance
*Defined as “high interest” (score of 4 or 5) in one or more specialty areas.
†Above or below median (3.40) for sample data.
GenderMale1.00
Female1.390.317
RaceWhite1.00
Non-White1.530.250
Had a Dental School MentorNo1.00
Yes2.310.011
MarriedNo1.00
Yes0.530.053
Have ChildrenNo1.00
Yes0.470.132
High Interest in Year 1*No1.00
Yes0.880.730
Spouse EncouragementNo1.00
Yes3.430.000
Family EncouragementNo1.00
Yes2.240.015
Mentor EncouragementNo1.00
Yes2.500.010
Friends EncouragementNo1.00
Yes4.300.000
Faculty EncouragementNo1.00
Yes5.930.000
≥$100,000 Student DebtNo1.00
Yes0.700.274
Debt Greater Than ExpectedNo1.00
Yes0.710.408
GPA†Low1.00
High2.540.009