Why Osteopathic Educators & Students Love Aquifer
“Aquifer cases simulate clinical reasoning, charging students with thinking like a doctor. Aquifer helps us provide consistency to our students. When we are reviewed for accreditation, we can say confidently that our students are gaining exposure to key conditions by completing Aquifer cases, even if they aren’t able to see those patients in the clinic. There’s really nothing else out there like this.”
– Erik Langenau, DO, MS, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
“I appreciate the explanations and integrated questions within the cases! It also helps me go through differentials more efficiently as a future provider and understand why some differentials are less likely compared to others.”
“I really value the ability to learn medicine as a case unfolds. Often times on clerkships there is no time for teaching, or teaching is done at a different time than when the patient is fresh in your mind.”
– DO Student
” I love that students get different experiences depending on which hospital and which physician they rotate with. Aquifer allows for a more even playing field and has taught me things that I did not learn or didn’t pay attention to during my in-person rotations. Now I am more aware and more knowledgable.”
– DO Student
Supporting Osteopathic Medical Programs
With so much to cover in so little time, today’s osteopathic faculty members and deans need clinical learning tools they can trust.
Over 70% of osteopathic medical schools, 96% of US allopathic medical schools, and a growing number of physician assistant programs, nurse practitioner programs, and international medical schools trust Aquifer to standardize clinical experiences and develop clinical reasoning skills.
With 15 million virtual patient cases completed since our founding in 2006, Aquifer is the leader in developing clinical learning tools for medical and health professions education.
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Our Proven Pedagogy
Complete Encounters with Patients & Preceptors
Aquifer cases walk students through all of the steps of a patient encounter.
Realistic Clinical Experiences
Cases include results of diagnostic testing, videos, audio, and images to provide a deep and realistic patient scenario.
Each case includes detailed dialog that models effective communication with both patients and preceptors—an ideal way to prepare students for clinic.
Embedded Questions with Answer Explanations
Each case has built-in questions for self-assessment with detailed answer explanations. Answers are not visible to faculty to create a safe space for student learning.
Osteopathic medical schools across the country are using Aquifer to:
Supplement clinical experiences
Fill gaps or enhance core rotations and electives
Hone clinical decision-making skills
Through realistic patient scenarios
Support accreditation requirements
Ensure coverage of key learning objectives
Remediate students with customizable tools
Easy to create individualized learning plans & target skills development
Provide faculty with trusted tools
Don’t reinvent the wheel! Improve efficiency with standard resources
Ensure consistent curriculum coverage
For all students, at every teaching site or campus
The Most Informative & Up-to-Date Content
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.
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 courses include a selection of cases specially developed to provide comprehensive coverage of a clinical discipline, specialty, or key topic. Each of our cases presents a virtual patient encounter—demonstrating best practices and modeling patient and preceptor interactions. Aquifer cases focus on teaching the evidence-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’ core clerkships.
Aquifer Geriatrics and Radiology include top-quality content to support courses, electives, or supplement core rotations to provide instruction on these critical topics. These courses bring our expert healthcare educators—and a wealth of resources—to you and your students.
Aquifer’s free courses on key topics like Social Determinants of Health, Foundations of Telemedicine, Diagnostic Excellence, and High Value Care deliver case-based learning and skill-building exercises. Use the courses as individual capstone projects, or integrate cases with other content in a custom course to meet your needs.
Aquifer Curricular Partners have access to the latest content, including Integrated Illness Scripts, Excellence in Palliative Care, and Trauma-Informed Care.
Aquifer partners with NYU and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to offer access to WISE-MD (Surgery), WISE-OnCall (Readiness for Practice), and CARE (Course on Addiction Recovery Education).
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 subscription.
We have a range of ready-to-use tools for full classroom sessions, discussions in clinic, and more—perfect for supporting your faculty in delivering engaging case-based learning.
Standardized clinical experiences
Evidence-based, peer-reviewed content
Access to expert medical educators
Coverage of national curricular standards
Easy to use platform with reporting
The Aquifer Osteopathic Educator Task Force
The Aquifer Osteopathic Task Force brings the voice, interests, and experiences of osteopathic educators to Aquifer, and works to develop educator tools and training materials designed specifically for osteopathic teachers and learners.
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Aquifer serves faculty and students in a total of 349 subscribing programs across a range of health professions. Our subscribers include osteopathic medical schools, in addition to allopathic medical schools, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and residency programs across the US and beyond.
Our current osteopathic subscribers include:
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
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
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
Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine New York
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine California and Nevada
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