The 27 virtual patient cases in Aquifer Geriatrics provide the AGS National Online Curriculum for medical and health professions students.
Aquifer Geriatrics helps students learn the principles of geriatric medicine and integrate these principles into the care of their patients. With a range of cases spanning many specialties, the content stands alone as an educational tool or enriches an existing curriculum.
As life spans increase, it becomes even more vitally important to understand the kind of health care our patients need as they age. It’s critical for health care providers to understand the unique health circumstances and preferences that come with aging so they can work in collaboration with one another—a critical asset since more than half of older Americans are managing two or more chronic conditions.
New Case Now Available
Aquifer Geriatrics 27: Advance Care Planning
The new case models communication and management of end-of-life care and advance care planning (ACP), and is designed to deliver the core knowledge needed for students and providers to develop skills in these critically important topics. The new case is available to all Aquifer Geriatrics subscribers via your Aquifer account. Learn more…
A recent article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), “Introducing Aquifer Geriatrics, the American Geriatrics Society National Online Curriculum”, discusses the development of this course, highlights best practices to incorporate cases in a variety of teaching settings, and describe teaching methods that utilize the curriculum to create a robust experience for learners.
An accompanying editorial also published in JAGS states that Aquifer Geriatrics is “helping to fill the gap that is left by the shortage of geriatrics educators” and prepares the field to “play the long game,” thanks to innovative solutions to education.
- Created for educators, by educators, as the American Geriatrics Society national online curriculum for medical and health professions students.
- Available for institutional subscription or for direct purchase by individual subscribers
- Students discover the physiological, psychological, and functional changes that occur with aging and the multifaceted aspects of geriatric care
- Cases are function-focused and incorporate common diseases in older adults
- Proven pedagogy that standardizes experiences—overcoming geography, seasonality, and accessibility
- Evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated content
- A wealth of source material—including embedded assessment questions and full references—in each case
- Delivered via the Aqueduct teaching and learning platform, which includes user management tools, easy reporting on student progress and course usage, plus tools for creating custom courses to match a specific curriculum
Our cases were developed through a collaborative effort with authors from 35 different institutions. Topics covered include medication management, dementia, osteoarthritis, pain management, hospitalization, and many more.
The Aquifer Geriatrics cases have been mapped to the AAMC/JAHF Minimum Geriatrics Competencies for Medical Students.
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The course is ideal for use within a geriatrics, internal medicine, or family medicine clerkship. Individual cases can be integrated into another clerkship or clinical training with an emphasis on neurology, psychiatry, emergency medicine, or OB/GYN. With Aqueduct, it’s easy to combine these cases with another course to build a custom curriculum.
Since many institutions do not have dedicated Geriatric Medicine clerkships, the cases have been further categorized and matched to medical specialties and curricula to provide a framework for assigning cases across various clerkships, like Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery.
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Geriatrics 01: 85-year-old female using anticoagulants
Geriatrics 02: 85-year-old female with hypoglycemia
Geriatrics 03: 88-year-old female with urinary incontinence
Geriatrics 04: 85-year-old female with dementia
Geriatrics 05: 79-year-old female with agitation
Geriatrics 06: 85-year-old female with delirium
Geriatrics 07: 78-year-old male with depression
Geriatrics 08: 86-year-old female and elder abuse
Geriatrics 09: 82-year-old female and functional status and home safety
Geriatrics 10: 72-year-old male and sexuality in older adults
Geriatrics 11: 75-year-old female with neck pain
Geriatrics 12: 78-year-old female and falls
Geriatrics 13: 75-year-old male and 80-year-old female, prognosis and screening for older adults
Geriatrics 14: 88-year-old female with dementia and feeding issues
Geriatrics 15: 75-year-old male with abdominal pain
Geriatrics 16: 87-year-old male with low back pain
Geriatrics 17: 86-year-old female with pneumonia
Geriatrics 18: 83-year-old female with urinary tract infection
Geriatrics 19: 70-year-old male with urinary concerns
Geriatrics 20: 79-year-old male with severe pain and low health literacy
Geriatrics 21: 70-year-old female and the psychological, social, and spiritual needs in geriatric care
Geriatrics 22: 74-year-old male and hazards of hospitalization: geriatric patient safety in the acute care setting
Geriatrics 23: 70-year-old female and hazards of hospitalization: transitions of care and discharge planning for geriatric inpatients
Geriatrics 24: 78-year-old female with pressure injuries
Geriatrics 25: 85-year-old male and restraints
Geriatrics 26: 78-year-old male and cultural competency in geriatric care
Geriatrics 27: Advance Care Planning
From Our Cases
Learn how Aquifer Geriatrics can benefit medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty in your program:
Best Practices for Using Aquifer Geriatrics Across the Curriculum
Join our panel of medical educators as they discuss practical tips and strategies for using Aquifer Geriatrics. This session is ideal for geriatrics educators and faculty in any discipline looking to expand their coverage on geriatrics using the Aquifer Geriatrics cases.
Blog: 5 Ways to Use Aquifer Geriatrics
Aquifer Geriatrics cases are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners and fit into many teaching modalities. In our recent webinar, top geriatrics educators from around the country shared their successful strategies for integration and helping learners at all levels make the most of the cases. Catch up on their insights by reading a summary in our blog.