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Table 1 Characteristics of the Active Learning and Competency-Based Active Learning curriculum at the UMCG

From: The effect of implementing undergraduate competency-based medical education on students’ knowledge acquisition, clinical performance and perceived preparedness for practice: a comparative study

  AL curriculum CBAL curriculum
Active learning Emphasis on active learning in small groups Emphasis on active learning in small groups
Focus on competencies 0% curriculum time allocated specifically for competency development 15% curriculum time allocated specifically for competency development
  No portfolio or small group sessions aimed at competency development Portfolio and small group sessions aimed at competency development
  Purpose of a course is communicated Purpose of a course and the related competencies are communicated
Clerkships 80 weeks of clinical experience 80 weeks of clinical experience
  Rotational duration is 1–8 weeks Rotational duration 4–5 weeks
  22 rotations 15 rotations
  Last clerkship rotation entails an elective of 13 weeks Last clerkship rotation entails an elective of 20 weeks