Table 1

Participants’ characteristics

Quota w/scholarshipScholarship aloneQuota alone
n=387 (39.2%)n=358 (36.2%)n=243 (24.6%)
Baseline
 Age, mean (SD), years26.4 (2.3)28.7 (5.0)26.7 (2.5)
 Female, no. (%)172 (44.4)115 (32.1)117 (48.1)
 Graduation from a private medical school, no. (%)37 (9.6)49 (13.7)30 (12.4)
 Years of receiving scholarship, mean (SD), years5.9 (0.5)4.9 (1.6)0 (0)
 Years of duty period, mean (SD), years7.7 (2.7)6.1 (2.9)0 (0)
 Different home prefecture from designated prefecture, no. (%)44 (11.4)105 (29.3)53 (21.8)
 Different medical school prefecture from designated prefecture, no. (%)11 (2.8)104 (29.1)3 (1.2)
 Having a right to postpone obligatory service, no. (%)285 (73.6)266 (74.3)N/A (N/A)
Follow-up
 PGY, no. (%)
  PGY-1182 (47.0)114 (31.9)91 (37.4)
  PGY-2134 (34.6)134 (37.4)102 (42.0)
  PGY-371 (18.4)110 (30.7)20 (20.6)
Outcome
 Emigration to non-designated prefecture, no (%)26 (6.7)53 (14.8)39 (16.1)
  • Quota w/ scholarship: quota graduates with scholarship.

  • Scholarship alone: non-quota graduates with scholarship.

  • Quota alone: quota graduates without scholarship.

  • PGY, postgraduation year.