Table 6.

Unadjusted (bivariate) odds ratios (OR) of fourth-year dental students (those not applying to postgraduate education) reporting a high likelihood of self-employment (solo or partner practice) or being an associate in a larger dental practice one year following graduation (n=109)

Odds Ratios Self-EmploymentOdds Ratios Associateship
Independent VariableCategoryORSignificanceORSignificance
*Defined as “high interest” (score of 4 or 5) in one or more specialty areas.
GenderMale1.001.00
Female0.660.2941.490.371
RaceWhite1.001.00
Non-White0.440.0830.840.730
Had a Dental School MentorNo1.001.00
Yes0.800.5721.840.168
MarriedNo1.001.00
Yes0.820.5930.740.843
ChildrenNo1.001.00
Yes1.830.2371.220.726
High Interest Year 1*No1.001.00
Yes2.610.0310.420.116
≥$100,000 DebtNo1.001.00
Yes1.230.5930.990.978
Debt Greater Than ExpectedNo1.001.00
Yes1.860.1993.100.087
GPALow1.001.00
High1.310.5250.340.021