Providing students with continuous feedback about their performance is an important aspect of effectively blending virtual patients into the curriculum. Additionally, LCME accreditation standards require that students receive timely formative assessment of their problem-solving, clinical reasoning, decision-making skills, and their learning achievement. Our cases provide feedback on student knowledge throughout the case and through self-assessment questions which are associated with the courses.

Formative Assessments in Development

We are excited to share that innovative new formative assessments are now in development. The new test-enhanced learning tools will deliver granular feedback with recommendations for efficient, structured remediation and self-directed study, and a modified option for summative assessment.


Summary Statement Feedback

Identifying, interpreting, and summarizing key findings is a fundamental clinical skill. Our summary statement feedback tool enables you (or your designated faculty) to review student created summary statements within the cases and easily compare them to summary statements written by content experts. Integrating this feedback mechanism in the clerkship will allow you to provide your students with concrete feedback, helping them to improve their clinical reasoning in a meaningful way.

Case Analysis Tool

Assess your students’ clinical reasoning development and provide individualized feedback. Using the case analysis tool requires students to apply critical thinking skills independent of the virtual cases, and allows you to assess students’ clinical reasoning process and provide individualized feedback. Answer keys are available for the Aquifer Pediatrics cases. Learn more…

Aquifer Internal Medicine Clinical Decision-Making Exam

Included with Institutional Subscriptions

Supplement your formative assessment with this innovative approach. This unique online examination focuses on students’ clinical decision-making and serves as a complement to the Aquifer Internal Medicine virtual patient cases. The exam was developed by a group of experienced medical educators under the guidance of Dr. Georges Bordage, an expert in the key features approach.

Clinical Decision-Making Exam