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Table 1 Characteristics of curriculum schedules in communication skills training at two medical schools

From: Have medical students’ attitudes towards clinical communication skills changed over a 12- year period? A comparative long-term study

Type of curriculumIntegratedTraditional
Number of hours for training in clinical communication skillsStart-phase (first 2 years)240
Mid-phase (3rd–5th years)1648
Last year516
Total4564
Practical work and outplacement in hospitals or at GPsStart-phase90 (GP)0
Mid-phase135 (GP 550 (Hospital)6 (GP) 480 (Hospital)
Final year0140 (GP)
Total775626