Aquifer Geriatrics
In collaboration with:
American Geriatrics Society

The 28 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 vital to understand the kind of health care our patients need as they age. It’s critical for healthcare providers to understand the unique health circumstances and preferences that come with aging so they can work in collaboration with one another—especially important given that more than half of older Americans are managing two or more chronic conditions.

Now Available: Embedded Curricular Threads

New embedded threads provide consistent teaching on interdisciplinary Clinical Excellence topics throughout Aquifer’s core courses. Select geriatrics cases include new content woven into our existing cases 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…


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 describes 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.

Course Details

  • 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 collaboratively 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, or as a baseline boot camp for a Geriatrics resident or fellow. Individual cases can be integrated into another clerkship or clinical training with an emphasis on neurology, psychiatry, emergency medicine, or OB/GYN. With Aqueduct, combining these cases with another course to build a custom curriculum is easy.

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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Aquifer Geriatrics Cases Mapped to Clerkships

Geriatrics 01: 85-year-old female using anticoagulants

Geriatrics 02: 85-year-old female with hypoglycemia

Geriatrics 03: 91-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 decisional capacity in the context of elder abuse

Geriatrics 09: 82-year-old female and functional status and home safety

Geriatrics 10: 72-year-old male with weight loss and addressing sexuality in older adults

Geriatrics 11: 75-year-old female with neck pain (osteopathic approach)

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 nursing home acquired pneumonia

Geriatrics 18: 83-year-old female with urinary tract symptoms

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 with symptomatic end-stage COPD: An Interprofessional Case

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 humility in geriatric care

Geriatrics 27: Advance care planning

Geriatrics 28: Frailty in three patients

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Learn how Aquifer Geriatrics can benefit medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty in your program:

On-Demand Webinar

Best Practices for Using Aquifer Geriatrics Across the Curriculum
5 Ways to Use Aquifer Geriatrics

Blog: 5 Ways to Use Aquifer Geriatrics

Aquifer Geriatrics Course Board