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Table 2 Comparison of the 2004 characteristics of the Lebanese (LMG), US (UMSGs) and International (IMG) medical graduates practicing in the US

From: Graduates of Lebanese medical schools in the United States: an observational study of international migration of physicians

   LMG (n = 2710) USMG (n = 1000) IMG (n = 1000) LMG vs. USMG LMG vs. IMG
   Mean (sd) Mean (sd) Mean (sd) P value P value
Age   45.4 (13.6) 47.6 (13.4) 50.5 (13.3) <0.001 <0.001
Years since graduation   19.9 (13.3) 18.2 (13.0) 24.4 (13.0) 0.153 <0.001
   % % % P value P value
Gender Female 17.3 26.1 30.0 <0.001 <0.001
Practice specialty Family Practice 1.8 12.1 8.3 <0.001 <0.001
  Internal Medicine 17.1 12.0 22.0   
  Pediatrics 5.9 7.5 8.7   
  OBGYN 5.0 5.5 4.1   
  General Surgery 5.5 4.6 3.1   
Practice type§ Resident 18.6 13.8 12.4 <0.001 <0.001
  Direct Patient Care 69.1 79.6 78.0   
  Administration 0.8 1.6 0.9   
  Medical Teaching 0.8 1.2 1.2   
  Medical Research 2.4 1.1 1.1   
Practice Location ‡ Urban 90.1 88.0 89.3 0.009 0.228
  Large Rural 4.2 6.8 5.6   
  Small Rural 1.8 2.2 1.6   
  Isolated Small Rural 0.5 0.8 0.8   
Primary Employer Governmental 5.0 4.6 6.4 <0.001 <0.001
  Solo Practice 13.4 13.4 19.7   
  2 Physician Practice 2.6 3.3 2.6   
  Group Practice 19.6 31.2 21.1   
  HMO 0.0 0.3 0.5   
  Medical School 4.4 2.8 2.9   
  Non-Govt Hosp 23.0 17.2 16.2   
Board Certification   86.0 81.1 72.5 .001 <0.001
  1. The last two columns provide the p value for the difference of values for the variable of interest between two groups
  2. Only primary care specialties are listed
  3. § Only relevant categories are listed; data missing for n = 312
  4. Data missing for n = 140
  5. Only relevant categories are listed
  6. Residents excluded from denominator