About Us

Who We Are

Welcome to The Arc. We are an independent group of 8 colleagues concerned about the future of personal doctoring and the health of communities.

In 2020, we set out to examine the growing incompatibilities within the current system of graduate medical education. Our goal is to assure that family doctors have the skills and attitudes to meet patients’ and communities’ needs for a new kind of personal physician. We believe, as do many of our colleagues, that the personal physician who displays the elements of continuity, responsibility, compassion, and clinical competence must be trained in the context of the communities and social systems in which patients and families live. The current imbalance in hospital-based residency education must be corrected to assure that family doctors have the skills and attitudes that will be needed in the next decades. Communities, context, partnership, real team care, and effective advocacy for change must be key elements of residency education. (hyperlink to paper)

This website is a place where conversations about rethinking primary care education and clinical care can happen. It is also a repository for exemplars of the type of change that is needed and for readings from a wide variety of sources that can serve as references and motivation for others to make needed changes.

We welcome you to this community of ideas and innovation at a time when family medicine and primary care education need both.

Why "The Arc?"

We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Remain Awake Through a Great Revolution.” Speech given at the National Cathedral, March 31, 1968.

Dr. King spoke these words many times in the 1960s as he contemplated how long it might take to achieve social justice. We chose the name “The Arc” to reflect our commitment to -----------------------

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The ARC Team

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