Aquifer High Value Care

Aquifer High Value Care
In collaboration with: American College of Physicians &
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine


The 12 cross-disciplinary virtual patient cases and introductory principles module in the High Value Care course explore the fundamentals of providing value in health care, adopted from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine’s (AAIM) High Value Care Resident curriculum.

Aquifer High Value Care teaches students how their decisions about diagnostic testing, care management, and other interventions affect the costs and efficacy of care. Including this curriculum in every healthcare professional’s education is a step toward making high value care a reality in clinical practice.

Aquifer High Value Care is part of Aquifer’s Clinical Excellence Case Set, which includes 52 cases covering Palliative Care, Trauma Informed Care, Diagnostic Excellence, High Value Care, Social Determinants of Health, and Telemedine.

Just in Time Coverage of High Value Care Embedded in Select Courses

In addition to the stand-alone cases on High Value Care included as part of this Clinical Excellence Case Set, select core cases in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Neurology, and Radiology now have brief teaching on High Value Care embedded right into the case in the form of a clinical decision making question.

Together the just-in-time curricular threads combined with the deeper principles and application cases provide a strong foundation in High Value Care across the curriculum without adding faculty time. Learn more.

  • Part of Aquifer’s Clinical Excellence Case Set, included with Curricular Partner subscriptions and available by subscription to Limited Subscribers
  • Created for educators, by educators, from the ACP-AAIM’s High Value Care Resident Curriculum
  • Ready-made cases to support self-directed learning, appropriate to supplement pre-clinical or clinical learning
  • Cases take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
  • Appropriate to support pre-clinical or clinical learning.
  • Can be combined with other cases in a custom course to meet the needs of your specific curriculum.

Aquifer High Value Care consists of innovative, cross-discipline, case-based modules that begin teaching the fundamentals of value in health care. The modules include short interactive virtual patient cases, brief instructional videos, key teaching points, and embedded links so that students can apply principles from the HVC modules to other cases. Topics include: making your diagnostic testing count, adult preventative care, insurance, statistics and clinical decision making, and more.

All Clinical Excellence Case Sets, including High Value Care, now include:

  • Principles module: covers key definitions, epidemiology, explanations of key principles and why they are important for patient care, and a harm statement that makes it explicit what harm can come to the patient if the principle is not incorporated into practice.
  • Application Cases: Brief, realistic case scenarios that focus on one area of a patient encounter, and are centered around asking students to make important clinical decisions. Content models evidence-based best practices and communication strategies, exploring the real-world impacts on care and potential harm. At the end of each case, a reflection question asks the students to consider key takeaways, implications for their future practice, or personal wellness. Each application case also includes self-assessment questions that extend the learning to other scenarios.

Aquifer High Value Care is designed for any level student in a medical school or health professions program. The course is an ideal assignment for students to complete as preparation for clinical experiences that include telemedicine. Cases also serve as valuable reference material for students to return to as they need to refresh their knowledge during clinical rotations.

Programs with a current Aquifer subscription will also have faculty and administrator access to an accompanying educator guide. Subscribers will also be able to view student progress reporting and combine the new cases with other Aquifer content in a custom course.

  • High Value Care 01: Principles of high value care
  • High Value Care 02: 25-year-old female – Making diagnostic testing count
  • High Value Care 03: 65-year-old female – Adult preventive care and value
  • High Value Care 04: 80-year-old female – Medications and value
  • High Value Care 05: 78-year-old female – High value care in the inpatient setting
  • High Value Care 06: 65-year-old male – Paying for value: Insurance Part 1
  • High Value Care 07: 7-year-old female – Rooting out waste
  • High Value Care 08: 5-month-old female and 4-year old female – Value of vaccines
  • High Value Care 09: 66-year-old female – Redefining value at end of life
  • High Value Care 10: 16-year-old female – Statistics and clinical decision making
  • High Value Care 11: 17-year-old female – High value care reproductive health care
  • High Value Care 12: 17-year-old female – Paying for value: Insurance Part 2
  • High Value Care 13: 45-year-old male – The importance of clinical reasoning

From Our Cases

Educator Guide Available

Course Overview – Integration Strategies – Real World Application Activities – Case Details

The Educators Guide—available to institutional subscribers—provides a quick reference guide for all cases and resources included with Aquifer High Value Care. Integration strategies and suggestions for custom courses are also included, making it easy to include this key topic in a variety of rotations and courses. The Educator Guide provides a wealth of valuable, engaging Real World Application Activities ready to use in your teaching.

The Educator Guide and individual Real World Application Activities are available in the Educator Resources section of your Aquifer account. Learn more…

User Story Video

Learn how Aquifer High Value Care—available free of charge—can benefit students and faculty in your program:


“Aquifer High Value Care was an incredibly helpful resource. High Value Care is introduced in the first and second years of medical school only as a concept. I completed the first Aquifer High Value Care case and I was hooked. The cases are built very well, and I was able to learn efficiently. I was impressed with the content and the course’s ability to bring together information that would have taken me days to compile. The hyperlinks to online resources were invaluable.”

  Third-Year Medical Student

Aquifer High Value Care Course Board