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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