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Formative Assessments in Year 1 and 2 Curriculum


Weekly Essay Questions: Synthesis Essay Questions (SEQs). Weekly, formative, open book concept reasoning exercises in which students are given a brief written clinical scenario and asked to explain a clinical phenomenon and its basic science underpinnings. Throughout a teaching block, students complete SEQs at the end of each week. They then compare their answers to an ideal answer template as well as get feedback on their reasoning ability from their IQ group facilitator.

Self-Assessment Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Each week approximately 20-30 MCQs are posted electronically that highlight important teaching points. Students submit answers by the end of the week and receive immediate feedback about the correct response. These questions are representative of those given during the USMLE Part I. Students can use these MCQs through the block as a study aid and method for self-assessment.

NBME Practice Test-Cumulative Achievement Tests (CAT). At the end of each block, students complete a secure formative MCQ achievement test, based on content covered in the current teaching block as well as on content from each previous block. These exams are designed, utilizing test question resources available through the NBME. Tests become progressively longer throughout the Foundations of Medicine and Health. The final CAT reflects material across all curriculum blocks. These formative tests are for student use only, and enable students to gain perspective on their overall progress and preparedness for the USMLE.


End-of-Year 1 OSCE:
The Year 1 OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) is the culmination of the Year 1 clinical curriculum. It is intended to provide an opportunity for students to get specific feedback on the clinical skills they have learned during the first year of the curriculum and is used to assess the student's strengths and weaknesses clinically. Although formative, students who show significant deficiencies will be expected to remediate their weaker skills before continuing on to Year 2. The exam consists of the Year 1 student interviewing and doing an examination on a standardized patient. The preceptor observes student's performance outside the exam room completes an assessment of the student's skills and then provides verbal feedback to the student after the patient encounter.