Building on Basic Science: Integrated Illness Scripts as a Foundational Boundary-Crossing Curricular Tool

April 13, 2021 | Perspectives

WISE-OnCall is used by programs across medical and health professions education to help learners diagnose and manage clinical situations they are likely to encounter on clinical clerkships, advanced sub-internships, and during the transition to residency or practice. Here are some successful integration strategies that we’ve heard from faculty users…

6 Ways to Use WISE-OnCall to Prepare Your Students for Clinical Responsibilities

March 29, 2021 | Perspectives

WISE-OnCall is used by programs across medical and health professions education to help learners diagnose and manage clinical situations they are likely to encounter on clinical clerkships, advanced sub-internships, and during the transition to residency or practice. Here are some successful integration strategies that we’ve heard from faculty users…

7 Tools for Flipping Your Classroom with Aquifer

March 1, 2021 | Perspectives

Whether you’re searching for ways to engage students in virtual learning, revamping a stale lecture, or building a new didactic session, flipping the classroom around Aquifer cases is a powerful way to engage your students and help case-based learning stick. Check out different ways that medical educators are integrating Aquifer cases into their pedagogy…

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Case Analysis Tool: Feedback for Developing Clinical Reasoning Skills

February 17, 2021 | Perspectives

In our 12-week pediatrics course for first-year PA students, we use Aquifer cases as a framework for four of our eight didactic sessions. Each Aquifer session includes an in-class lecture that covers the “don’t miss” diagnoses and difficult concepts for the topic area, followed by the students completing the related Aquifer case and the Aquifer Case Analysis Tool worksheet independently.

5 ways to use Aquifer Radiology

5 Ways to Use Aquifer Radiology

February 3, 2021 | Perspectives

The 19 cases in Aquifer Radiology are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners and fit into many teaching modalities. Top radiology educators presented their successful strategies for integrating the cases in our recent webinar–find out what they shared…

5 Ways to Use Aquifer Geriatrics

5 Ways to Use Aquifer Geriatrics

January 4, 2021 | Perspectives

The 27 cases in Aquifer Geriatrics are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners and fit into many teaching modalities. Top geriatrics educators from around the country presented their successful strategies for integrating the cases in our recent webinar–find out what they shared…

Teaching About Diagnostic Error: Tools for Creating Space in a Crowded Curriculum

December 14, 2020 | Perspectives

Diagnostic errors are a major source of morbidity and mortality in health care, and there is increasing focus on reducing diagnostic errors in medicine. Fitting these topics into your curriculum can be challenging. To help, I’d like to highlight strategies that educators have found successful using the cases and teaching tools included in Aquifer Diagnostic Excellence.

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Lessons Learned from COVID: Trends & Teaching Strategies

November 30, 2020 | Perspectives

As the pandemic caused widespread disruption, Aquifer saw an unprecedented jump in the use of our cases–and many innovative ways to use the cases across curricula. Through our grant applications and many ongoing conversations with educators, we were able to identify trends and challenges and gather success stories and strategies to share.

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Redesigning Didactics for Gen Z: Engaging Students Around Principles of Geriatrics

November 16, 2020 | Perspectives

As part of my fellowship research project, I rebuilt a didactic session in our Geriatrics rotation using the flipped classroom model, an Aquifer Geriatrics case, and a range of teaching techniques to create an engaging, student-centered session.

Student Perspectives: Practical Tips for Assigning Cases

June 24, 2020 | Perspectives

Students provide consistently high rankings for Aquifer as reported in our five-star rating feedback data, but how and when cases are integrated into the curriculum can have a significant impact on their learning. Find out what themes emerged when we ask students what methods are most effective–and discover practical tips for assigning Aquifer cases based on student feedback.

Making Connections Across the Curriculum

Making Connections Throughout the Curriculum

June 10, 2020 | Perspectives

We have integrated Aquifer Geriatrics cases in several different ways throughout our Geriatrics and Healthy Aging Curriculum thread. First-year students have a modified team-based learning session around the Dementia case. In the third year, cases prepare students for oral presentations on rounds…

Flipping the classroom with Aquifer

Strategies for Flipping the Classroom with Aquifer

May 11, 2020 | Perspectives

Aquifer cases can form the basis for a huge variety of classroom sessions that can be easily adapted for virtual learning. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity if you are designing your own activity. Suggested strategies include…

The Pre-Clinical Pace: Using Cases for Early Learners

April 30, 2020 | Pearls

If you want to use Aquifer cases as a clinical correlate in basic sciences classes just assign one case per week (e.g. pediatric case about cystic fibrosis in a genetics course; internal medicine case about anemia in hematology course). Students at UW have told me that this is about the right number of cases because the case content is complicated for early students. Students can work independently through the case and you can use it as context for discussion about how the basic science helps explain the clinical presentation–getting to the “why” behind how patients present as they do!