OUR EXPANDING IMPACT
IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED YEAR
From Our Leadership
As the pandemic stretches on, we are proud to share the unexpected ways that Aquifer fulfilled our mission this year.
We are humbled by the gratitude our colleagues using Aquifer have expressed for our COVID-19 response. It was an honor to be able to provide free content to 489 health professions programs in the US and abroad, and to provide over a million dollars in financial support to programs needing to maintain full course library access.
Overwhelmingly, faculty report that our cases were the bedrock of distance learning programs, allowing meaningful clinical and didactic learning to continue at this critical time. As students were pulled from clinical rotations and classrooms, quarantined, or faced with shortened rotations or patient shortages, our trusted cases—designed specifically to fill gaps in clinical experiences—delivered value for our faculty and students under circumstances that we never imagined.
Thanks to the hard work of our Educators Consortium, contributors, and staff over many years, we were able to scale up to meet the emerging needs of health professions education in this time of crisis—including providing virtual opportunities for faculty to connect, share successful integration strategies, and quickly learn best practices.
As medical educators ourselves, we understand that the challenges our colleagues continue to face are extraordinary. We take pride in our response to date, and assure you that we will continue to be here to support you and your students—whatever may come next.
Leslie Fall, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Sherilyn Smith, MD
Chief Academic Officer
Free CONTENT Offer launched
Aquifer begins offering free access to all content for existing subscribers through June 30, 2020. The offer is soon expanded to non-subscribing programs.
Aquifer offers virtual exam proctoring for our 100- question multiple choice exams. 2,321 EXAMS were proctored virtually as of June 30, 2020.
After national meetings were canceled, Aquifer hosted community forums to bring together medical educators in collaboration with our partners at COMSEP, AAIM & AUR
WEBINARS – PEER CONSULTATIONS – BLOG
As faculty worked to rapidly implement virtual learning, we created events and tools for educators to share tips and best practices.
FREE CONTENT DELIVERED for 489 Programs
We provided free content to a total of 489 programs—serving an extraordinary portion of the medical and health professions education faculty and students in the U.S. and beyond.
$1.2 Million Awarded to
162 programs in
Full Course Library grants
As the pandemic stretched on, Aquifer launched a grant program to reduce the cost of maintaining access to our full course library from July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021.
“Aquifer is mission-critical to our curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate the significant level of support Aquifer has provided.”
Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine
at Quinnipiac University
“Aquifer has filled a huge gap and lessened the workload of our faculty and preceptors. The preceptors are excited to incorporate Aquifer into their clinical setting once students return to their sites, especially if patient volume remains low.”
Physician Assistant Program
ADVANCING INNOVATION & KEY INITIATIVES
FY 2020-21 Subscriptions Continue to Grow
INTEGRATION & educator SUPPORT
As of July 1, 2020, 100 new programs began using Aquifer and course subscriptions doubled. Our goal is to help all educators and students optimize their teaching and learning experiences with Aquifer cases in any learning environment. To advance this goal, we are expanding our educator resources, webinars, blogs, and customer success support, in addition to exploring new ways to help all users make the most of Aquifer.
COMING IN 2021:
integrated illness Scripts
Integrated Illness Scripts support efficient integration of basic science knowledge and clinical learning and develop students’ problem solving skills by embedding basic science core concepts, causal mechanisms, and mechanism of disease maps for each core condition into simple, easy to use tools.
Work is advancing on our formative assessments for test-enhanced learning, which will provide granular feedback for calibration and self-directed learning to students, while identifying curricular gaps and at-risk students for faculty.
social determinants of health
Aquifer welcomes Angelique Redus-McCoy, MD as our new Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Her work will include ensuring Aquifer’s cases actively teach cultural humility and health equity.
NEW COURSE in DEVELOPMENT:
Plans are underway to develop a course on Principles and Practice of Excellence in Palliative Care, designed for undergraduate health professions students, made possible by a grant award from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.
Expanding Student voices
Following the success of the Student Advisory Group, we are working to expand opportunities for students to provide feedback and contribute to academic projects.
Expanding interprofessional voices
We are pleased to expand our consortium to include new interprofessional educators from Physician Assistant and Osteopathic programs, and to build on the work developed by our Physician Assistant and Osteopathic Education task forces.
AQUIFER'S DYNAMIC COMMUNITY OF INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATORS
The Aquifer Educators Consortium is a group of leading educators who come together from across disciplines to create innovative teaching and learning tools, build a cohesive pedagogy, and constantly update Aquifer’s trusted cases and assessments.
2019-20 CONSORTIUM: JULY 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
Student Engagement Leads
John B. Waits
Andrea Schwartz Mandi Sehgal
HIGH VALUE CARE
culture in health & medical home
Jennifer Koay White
JULY 1, 2019 - JUNE 30, 2020
The Aquifer Educators Consortium is supported by a talented group of educators and students contributing to content and assessment review, developing new projects, presenting on webinars, and providing key feedback.
Maria Syl de la Cruz
M. Lee Sanders
Suchita Shah Sata
Abdul Rahman Tarabishy
Webinar & blog Contributors
Sciences Clinical Education Consultants
Education Task Force
Angela Jean Cerezo
Kathleen L. Ehrhardt
Student Advisory Group
Osteopathic Education Task Force
Elizabeth Ciccocioppo Pezoa
AQUIFER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Margaret Mulley, CPA; Chair
Stephen Lawe, Treasurer
K. Blake Darcy
Jan Jones-Schenk, DHSC, RN, NE-BC
Bruce Z. Morgenstern, MD
Charles G. Prober, MD
Leslie Fall, MD
CEO & Ex-Officio Board Member