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Medical Education
Bridges Curriculum

ARCH Weeks

The Bridges curriculum includes four Assessment, Reflection, Coaching, Health (ARCH) Weeks. These week-long periods occur between blocks within the F1 courses and include activities related to the following four key themes:

  • Assessment: Each week includes diverse competency-based, cumulative, multi-modal assessments of student progress that integrate material over time and across competencies.
    • Formative assessment activities drive learning and provide students with holistic feedback regarding their progress towards achieving the curriculum’s milestones.
    • Summative Clinical Skills and Comprehensive Basic Science examinations ensure that students have achieved competence and are ready to progress to the next level of their training.
  • Reflection: Students are guided to reflect upon how they have progressed in multiple competencies, where they have further areas for growth, and how they integrate their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in their development toward overall professional competence and professional identity formation.
  • Coaching: Students meet with their coaches during and after ARCH Weeks to discuss their progress, reflect on their relative strengths and weaknesses, and develop learning plans.
  • Health: ARCH Weeks provide a time for students to focus on well-being and career exploration. Each week includes faculty, staff, and near-peer support activities that promote resilience, reconnection, community, recovery, and access to resources on campus.

Below is a detailed breakdown of student objectives for each ARCH Week:


Student Objectives

Week 1

(Fall Year 1)

  • Identify their approaches to learning, and apply this knowledge in developing learning goals.
  • Define the role of the coach in supporting the student’s competency development.
  • Describe the stages of professional identify formation.

Week 2

(Fall Year 1)

  • Use several sources of assessment data to identify specific learning goals related to medical knowledge and clinical skills
  • Implement an individual learning and development plan in consultation with their coach
  • Reflect on their own professional identify formation and share their ideas with their peers
  • Provide feedback to peers
  • Demonstrate competence in basic clinical skills with standardized patients
  • Demonstrate cumulative medical knowledge in an NBME-style examination

Week 3                                        

(Winter Year 1)

  • Demonstrate comprehensive clinical skills in a standardized patient examination
  • Present on the results to date of their work in a clinical microsystem to their coach and peers
  • Demonstrate cumulative medical knowledge in an NBME-style examination
  • Reflect on how interactions with other healthcare professionals affect their own professional identify formation

Week 4

(Fall Year 2)

  • Employ strategies for giving effective feedback in providing feedback to a peer
  • Demonstrate competence in all Foundations 1 clinical sills with standardized patients
  • Demonstrate cumulative medical knowledge in an NBME-style examination
  • Identify strategies for success to employ in clerkships in Foundations 2