Debriefing Aquifer Cases: Templates for Dynamic Discussions

Guest: Kelsey Dougherty, MMSc, PA-C is Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program (CHA/PA) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Description:​ In this episode, Kelsey Dougherty outlines the benefits of using a debriefing template to achieve program learning objectives by ensuring that all small group faculty highlight key concepts in class discussions. She emphasizes that the template is highly adaptable for use in all health professions educational programs and that it allows for creativity within a standardized approach. You can download the template and follow along as Kelsey and Lynne walk through the template and discuss how to approach the use of each component part.  

Additional Resources:

Debriefing Template

Full show notes can be found here.

Practicing Trauma-Informed Care with Aquifer

Guests: Sheela Raja, PhD, Director, College of Dentistry Resilience Center and Associate Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.


Shairi Turner, MD, MPH, Chief Health Officer at Crisis Text Line, New York, NY.

Drs. Raja and Turner, both experts in Trauma Informed Care, collaborated with interprofessional experts across the nation to create Aquifer’s cases on Trauma Informed Care.

Host: Lynne Robins, PhD, Professor Emerita, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. 

Description:​ In this episode, Drs. Raja and Turner discuss the prevalence and impact of trauma on both patients and healthcare practitioners and the importance of acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to practice universal trauma precautions in healthcare. They describe how they collaborated to create Aquifer’s Trauma-Informed Care cases and lay out the kinds of trauma to which all practitioners must be attuned. Additionally, they provide strategies and suggestions for adding TIC to health professions courses and curricula.

Full show notes can be found here.

Adopting Aquifer to Teach Orphaned Topics

Guest: Karen Scaglione, DNP, Assistant Teaching Professor, St. Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing; Member, Aquifer Nurse Practitioner Task Force.

Description:​ In this episode Karen Scaglione, DNP highlights the value of using Aquifer to fill curricular gaps without adding faculty time. She describes how she incorporated Aquifer Radiology into her curriculum as self-directed learning to build students’ knowledge and skills in diagnostic imaging and prepare them for licensure and practice.

Full show notes can be found here.

Coaching Conversations: Tips & Tools to Empower Your Learners

Guest: Sherilyn Smith, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer, Aquifer.

Host: Lynne Robins, PhD, Professor Emerita, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. 

Description:​ ​ In this episode, Dr. Sherilyn Smith provides tips on how to prepare for and conduct coaching conversations that develop students into lifelong learners who are able to create plans, take time to reflect, identify personal learning gaps and are motivated to fill those gaps. She explores ways to empower learners to create goals, develop strategies, incorporate feedback, and build on prior knowledge. 

Dr. Smith also discusses how Aquifer’s new Calibrate formative assessment system benefits faculty and students by providing information that can inform and enhance their coaching conversations. Calibrate assessments are designed to leverage the concepts of test-enhanced learning and spaced repetition to drive self-directed learning in clinical students. Granular reports provide visibility for faculty and students into student knowledge gaps and certainty misalignment, enabling meaningful mid-clerkship feedback, informing coaching, and providing structured remediation.

Full show notes can be found here.

Generating Meaningful Discussions about SDOH with Aquifer Cases

Creating opportunities for meaningful discussion around Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) can be challenging for health professions educators. In this episode, Regina Welkie and Emily McSparin describe how they were able to successfully integrate SDOH into a clinical curriculum by incorporating Aquifer cases into a journal club format. The Aquifer cases give students a shared experience and provide a springboard for a broader small group discussion about SDOH concepts they have experienced during clinical rotations. This approach resulted in deep, authentic conversations between students and faculty around the real impacts of SDOH on patient care.

Full show notes can be found here.

Using Aquifer Cases in Women’s Health and Behavioral Medicine

Guest: Mary Stahovich, MHP, PA-C Assistant Professor and Didactic Coordinator of Physician Assistant Studies at California Baptist University

While Aquifer doesn’t have dedicated courses on Behavioral Medicine or Women’s Health, many of the cases already available in your subscription are excellent resources for these courses. In this episode, Mary Stahovich, PA-C describes how the richness of Aquifer cases helps her enhance her didactic courses on women’s health and behavioral medicine – areas in which it can be particularly challenging for students to obtain experience prior to entering clinical practice.

Full show notes can be found here.