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Table 2 Main themes and corresponding sub-themes discussed during interviews

From: Students' perceptions about the transition to the clinical phase of a medical curriculum with preclinical patient contacts; a focus group study

Experiences Experiences during first week Transition from Year 3 into the clerkships Role as a clerk Emotions Amount of structure offered during clerkship Workload and working hours Contact with other health professionals
Knowledge and skills Level of knowledge Basic science knowledge Clerkship as a place for learning Preparation for clinical skills Integration of clinical skills Introductory week
Clinical reasoning Clinical knowledge and reasoning skills Analytical reasoning and processes of recognition Diversity of patients Recognising pathology
Learning Motivation Learning during clerkships Clinically oriented studying Balance between theory and practice
Preclinical patient encounters Motivation Self-confidence Sense of responsibility Clinical reasoning skills Bridging a gap