Why Osteopathic Educators & Students Love Aquifer

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 2/3 of osteopathic medical schools, 96% of US allopathic medical schools, and a growing number of PA, NP/DNP 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.

Aquifer Case Patient Encounter Experience

Realistic Clinical Experiences

Cases include results of diagnostic testing, videos, audio, and images to provide a deep and realistic patient scenario.

Written by Experts & Aligned with National Curricula

Aquifer cases are written and maintained by the Aquifer Consortium of leading health professions educators, and developed to provide comprehensive coverage of national organization curriculum.

Modeling Communication

Each case includes detailed dialog that models effective communication with both patients and preceptors—an ideal way to prepare students for clinic.

Embedded Self-Assessment Throughout Cases

Cases include built-in questions for self-assessment with detailed answer explanations, opportunities for students to practice writing summary statements, and additional self-assessment questions at the end to reinforce key concepts and extend learning beyond a single scenario.

Just-In-Time Coverage of Clinical Excellence Topics

Brief, just-in-time coverage of Palliative Care, Trauma-Informed Care, Social Determinants of Health, High Value Care, Diagnostic Excellence and Telemedicine is included in select cases - a great way to ensure consistent coverage of these often orphaned topics without adding faculty time.

Integration of Basic Science and Clinical Education

40+ Integrated Illness Scripts are available on core conditions to promote cognitive integration and provide a framework for learners to link basic science and clinical knowledge.

Formative Assessment Tools build Self-Directed Learners

Calibrate formative assessments for Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Radiology drive self-directed learning in clinical students, helping them build higher order thinking and problem solving skills, and provides a common tool and objective data to align students and faculty and leverage mid-clerkship feedback.

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

Meet the Consortium

The Aquifer Educators Consortium forms the bedrock of Aquifer, bringing together more than 100 MD, DO, PA, and NP educators across disciplines—experts from the national leadership of organizations like AAIM, COMSEP, STFM, AGS, IAMSE, and AUR/AMSER—to collaborate, innovate, and make advances in health professions education.

Aquifer Delivers

  • Standardized clinical experiences

  • Evidence-based, peer-reviewed content

  • Access to expert medical educators

  • Coverage of national curricular standards

  • Easy to use platform with reporting

Our Subscribers

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