The 26 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.
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 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.
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
From Our Cases
Learn how Aquifer Geriatrics can benefit medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty in your program: