Table 7.

Unadjusted (bivariate) odds ratios (OR) of fourth-year dental students reporting a high likelihood of being an associate in a larger dental practice five years following graduation (n=172)

Independent VariableCategoryORSignificance
*Defined as “high interest” (score of 4 or 5) in one or more specialty areas.
†“In the future, if you had to make choices between your career and your family, which would you be likely to emphasize more?” (1=”Definitely Career”; 5=“Definitely Family”)
GenderMale1.00
Female3.730.000
RaceWhite1.00
Non-White3.240.003
Had a Dental School MentorNo1.00
Yes1.790.104
MarriedNo1.00
Yes0.510.067
Have ChildrenNo1.00
Yes0.970.953
High Interest Year 1*No1.00
Yes0.410.017
≥$100,000 DebtNo1.00
Yes0.700.328
Debt Greater Than ExpectedNo1.00
Yes0.570.245
GPALow1.00
High1.020.963
Importance of Family vs. Career†Definitely Career1.00
Definitely Family0.320.592
Applied for Postgraduate EducationNo1.00
Yes3.740.000