Aquifer—a non-profit organization—is known and respected for developing trusted, award-winning virtual case-based courses for health professions education. Aquifer courses are evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated by our academic consortium, to support best practices in clinical teaching and learning. Aquifer cases build clinical decision-making skills through realistic patient scenarios.

70% of US osteopathic medical schools are putting Aquifer’s trusted, rigorous clinical learning tools to work for their students. Aquifer courses are also used in 96% of US allopathic medical schools and a growing number of physician assistant, nursing, and international programs.

Building Clinical Confidence & Competency

  • Supplement clinical experiences

    Fill gaps or enhance core rotations and electives

  • Hone clinical decision-making skills

    Through realistic patient scenarios

  • Remediate students with trusted tools

    A framework for feedback that ties to exam content

  • Ensure consistent curriculum coverage

    For all students, at every teaching site or campus

  • Support accreditation requirements

    Ensure coverage of key learning objectives

  • Provide faculty with trusted tools

    Increase efficiency by sharing resources


Educators Consortium

The Aquifer Educators Consortium is made up of 70+ healthcare educators across disciplines who write, edit, and update Aquifer’s course content, in addition to providing strategic academic leadership.

National Collaborators

Every course Aquifer delivers is created in close collaboration with a leading national organization. We’re proud to partner with organizations like STFM, AAIM, AGS, COMSEP, and AUR to ensure that our content meets national standards.

Aquifer serves faculty and students in a total of 384 subscribing programs across a range of health professions. In addition to 70% of osteopathic programs and 96% of US allopathic medical schools, a growing number of physician assistant programs, nurse practitioner programs, and international medical schools are using Aquifer courses.

Our Current Osteopathic Medical School Subscribers:

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine at Mesa AZ
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine New York
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine California
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Western University of the Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Each of our cases presents a virtual patient encounter—based clinical reasoning skills that are vital to providing quality patient care.

Aquifer’s discipline-specific courses—Aquifer Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics are our foundational courses, serving as key components of many programs’ clinical rotations.

Aquifer Geriatrics and Radiologyinclude top-quality content that can be integrated into other courses or rotations to provide instruction on these critical topics, or used as individual elective courses. These courses bring our expert healthcare educators—and a wealth of resources—to you and your students.

Aquifer’s free courses—Aquifer Diagnostic Excellence, High Value Care, Medical Home, Oral Presentation Skills, and Social Determinants of Health—offer case-based learning and skill-building exercises on key topics in healthcare education at no additional cost. Use the courses as individual capstone projects, or integrate cases with other content in a custom course to meet your needs.

WISE-MD (Surgery) provides an interactive enhancement to the surgical course. WISE-OnCall (Readiness for Practice)is a valuable tool for bridging the gap to practice. These courses are distributed by Aquifer on behalf of NYU School of Medicine.

CARE (Course on Addiction and Recovery Education) includes 12 modules that concentrate on critical addiction and substance use topics, including patient cases and videos. CARE is distributed by Aquifer on behalf of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

A wealth of Educator Guides, resources, and tools are available to help you integrate our cases into your curriculum or course and make the most of your Aquifer institutional subscription.

Educator Guides provide a quick reference guide for all cases, resources, and features included with associated Aquifer course. The Educator Guide is ideal for educators who are getting started using Aquifer, or experienced users who want to be sure they are taking advantage of Aquifer’s extensive resources and tools.

Aquifer has Educator Guides designed specifically for Osteopathic programs which emphasize osteopathic approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Additional resources and teaching tools include Flipped Classroom Workshops (Radiology), Active Learning Modules and Case Analysis Tool (Pediatrics), Real World Application Activities (High Value Care), and Active Learning Classroom Strategies (Diagnostic Excellence).

New Osteopathic Educator Resources

Aquifer is excited to announce the release of new resources designed specifically for Osteopathic educators. Developed by the Aquifer Osteopathic Task Force, these new Active Learning Modules help Osteopathic faculty maximize their use of Aquifer cases in their curriculum with 90-minute supplemental learning exercises emphasize osteopathic approaches to diagnosis and treatment. In addition, they include facilitator resources and student guides for flipped classroom sessions. These resources are available for the following cases:

  • Family Medicine 10: 45-year-old male with low back pain
  • Pediatrics 06: 16-year-old male preparticipation evaluation
  • Family Medicine 15: Upper right quadrant pain

To find these new tools, go to the Educator Resources section of the Courses page in your Aqueduct account and select Osteopathic Educator Resources.

Did You Know...?

The Aquifer case Geriatrics 11: 75-year-old female with neck pain includes in-depth information on osteopathic approaches, including video content showing osteopathic manipulative techniques. This case is a great resource for all medical and health professions students.

User Stories

Learn how our subscribers are using Aquifer courses to advance their students’ clinical learning at:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine