Aquifer Integrated Illness Scripts are designed specifically to promote cognitive integration and provide a framework for learners to link basic science and clinical knowledge. Building on the traditional illness script format, Integrated Illness Scripts (IIS) embed basic science core concepts and causal mechanisms within each clinical feature and display the connections visually through Mechanism of Disease Maps.

From the Classroom to the Clinic

Integrated Illness Scripts are designed to benefit teachers and students in a variety of settings. IIS are appropriate for multiple levels of medical and health professions learners.

Basic Science

Scripts deliver clinical content to science classrooms, providing clinical relevance that makes content stick.

Clinical Learning

Understanding basic science causal mechanisms helps clinical students make better, safer clinical decisions.

Faculty & Clinicians

Easy access to science and clinical content allows faculty in any discipline to help students make connections—and enhance their own understanding.

Integrated Illness Scripts as a Foundational Boundary-Crossing Curricular Tool

Learn how Loma Linda University School of Medicine is using Integrated Illness Scripts and Mechanism of Disease maps in order to get students to not only consume knowledge as they have always done, but also to build skills of deconstructing, analyzing, and reconstructing their own conceptual knowledge. By incorporating IIS and MOD maps across all four years, students can use these tools to build and apply their own cognitive integration throughout their time in the program.

Using Integrated Illness Scripts: Three Integration Stories

Explore the methods that are being used by faculties from schools across the country to support cognitive integration with pre-clinical and clinical students, and find out how Integrated Illness Scripts can make an impact across your curriculum.