Aquifer Family Medicine

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In collaboration with:
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)
The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

The 40 interactive virtual patient cases in AquiferSM Family Medicine deliver on the learning objectives of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s (STFM) clerkship curriculum, powered by AqueductSM, Aquifer’s teaching and learning platform.


Aquifer Family Medicine builds clinical competency, fills educational gaps, and helps instill the core values and attitudes of family medicine. The course fosters self-directed and independent study, develops clinical problem-solving skills, and teaches an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to patient care.

Now Available: Embedded Curricular Threads

New embedded threads provide consistent teaching on interdisciplinary Clinical Excellence topics throughout Aquifer’s core courses. Select Family Medicine cases include brief teaching to highlight key principles in palliative care, trauma-informed care, social determinants of health, high value care, diagnostic excellence, and foundations of telemedicine. Learn more…

  • Created for educators, by educators, to cover the full range of STFM curriculum
  • Available for institutional subscription or for direct purchase by individual subscribers
  • Access to Aquifer Calibrate: Transformative Assessments for Clinical Learning Mastery, our innovative system for formative assessment, available with your 2024-25 subscription
  • Proven pedagogy that standardizes experiences—overcoming geography, seasonality, and accessibility
  • Evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated content
  • Self-assessment questions emphasize key content and enable students to test their knowledge and skills
  • A wealth of source material, tools, and full references in each case
  • Delivered via the Aqueduct teaching and learning platform, which includes user management options, easy reporting on student progress and course usage, plus tools for creating custom courses to match a specific curriculum

This course covers the complete STFM Family Medicine Clerkship Curriculum. Course content includes five Aquifer Pediatrics cases and two Aquifer Internal Medicine cases to help cover the full range of family medicine learning objectives.

Aquifer Family Medicine can be used by third-year medical students, PA students, and NP/DNP students as a complement to a clerkship or course on family medicine.

Aquifer Calibrate, an innovative system for formative assessments, is available for Aquifer Family Medicine. Calibrate combines the concepts of test-enhanced learning and distributed practice to facilitate efficient study planning and self-directed learning for students, and identify at-risk students and curricular gaps for faculty.  Calibrate is available with your 2024-25 institutional subscription to Family Medicine.

Family Medicine 01: 45-year-old female wellness visit

Family Medicine 02: 55-year-old male wellness visit

Family Medicine 03: 65-year-old female with insomnia

Family Medicine 04: 19-year-old female with sports injury

Family Medicine 05: 30-year-old female with palpitations

Family Medicine 06: 57-year-old female diabetes care visit

Family Medicine 07: 53-year-old male with leg swelling

Family Medicine 08: 54-year-old male with elevated blood pressure

Family Medicine 09: 50-year-old female with palpitations

Family Medicine 10: 45-year-old male with low back pain

Family Medicine 11: 74-year-old female with knee pain

Family Medicine 12: 16-year-old female with vaginal bleeding and UCG

Family Medicine 13: 40-year-old male with a persistent cough

Family Medicine 14: 35-year-old female with missed period

Family Medicine 15: 42-year-old male with right upper quadrant pain

Family Medicine 16: 68-year-old male with skin lesion

Family Medicine 17: 55-year-old post-menopausal female with vaginal bleeding

Family Medicine 18: 24-year-old female with headaches

Family Medicine 19: 39-year-old male with epigastric pain

Family Medicine 20: 28-year-old female with lower abdominal pain

Family Medicine 21: 12-year-old female with fever

Family Medicine 22: 70-year-old male with new-onset unilateral weakness

Family Medicine 23: 5-year-old female with sore throat

Family Medicine 24: 4-week-old female with fussiness

Family Medicine 25: 38-year-old male with shoulder pain

Family Medicine 26: 55-year-old male with fatigue

Family Medicine 27: 17-year-old male with groin pain

Family Medicine 28: 58-year-old male with shortness of breath

Family Medicine 29: 72-year-old male with dementia

Family Medicine 30: 27-year-old female labor and delivery

Family Medicine 31: 66-year-old female with shortness of breath

Family Medicine 32: 33-year-old female with painful periods

Family Medicine 33: 28-year-old female with dizziness

Pediatrics 01: Newborn male infant evaluation and care

Pediatrics 02: Infant female well-child visits (2, 6, and 9 months)

Pediatrics 03: 3-year-old male well-child visit

Pediatrics 04: 8-year-old male well-child check

Pediatrics 13: 6-year-old female with chronic cough

Internal Medicine 02: 60-year-old female with chest pain

Internal Medicine 16: 45-year-old male who is overweight

From Our Cases

User Story

Learn how Aquifer Family Medicine can benefit medical students and faculty in your program:


“In the first and second years of medical school, you learn a lot about physiology and diseases—usually by organ system. Aquifer Family Medicine gives you the opportunity to start thinking about the way that patients actually present—and begin to apply what you already know. The cases are a wonderful way to start turning medical facts into clinical judgment. I just wished I had used them earlier and more often.”

Third-Year Medical Student

Aquifer Family Medicine Course Board