Haritha Pavuluri

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Student Board Member


Institution: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Anticipated Graduation Date: 2022

Bio: Haritha is currently a medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and is the first student to become a member of an Aquifer course board.  As an M1, she was selected to participate in the Choosing Wisely STARS program (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) to promote and add to the medial curriculum/education to include a high value care approach. This along with other opportunities that she has had to learn about high value care practices has furthered her growth as a clinician-in-training and driven her passion to further medical education in this area.

Andrew White, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 06: 65-year-old man – Paying for value: Insurance Part 1


Institution: University of Washington Medicine

Richard Wardrop III, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACP

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 10: 16-year-old female – Statistics and clinical decision making


Institution: University of North Carolina

Kim Tartaglia, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 05: 78-year-old woman – High value care in the inpatient setting


Institution: Ohio State College of Medicine

Daisy Smith, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 01: 45-year-old man – The importance of clinical reasoning


Institution: American College of Physicians

Ariel Reinish

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 01: 45-year-old man – The importance of clinical reasoning


George Nixon, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 02: 25-year-old woman – Making diagnostic testing count, Internal Medicine 01: 49-year-old man with chest pain


Institution: University of Minnesota Medical School

Joseph Meyer

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 01: 45-year-old man – The importance of clinical reasoning


Susan Merel, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 04: 80-year-old woman – Medications and value


Institution: University of Washington School of Medicine

Starla Martinez, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 08: 5-month-old female and 4-year old male – Value of vaccines, Pediatrics 12: 10-month-old female with a cough


Institution: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Cynthia Ledford, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 05: 78-year-old woman – High value care in the inpatient setting, Internal Medicine 17: 28-year-old man with a pigmented lesion


Institution: Ohio State College of Medicine

Valerie Lang, MD, MHPE

Academic Director for Assessment

Dr. Valerie J. Lang is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Hospital Medicine Division at the University of Rochester. Dr. Lang directed the Internal Medicine Clerkship for 13 years and the Medicine Sub-Internship for 15 years. She currently directs the Hospital Medicine Faculty Development Program and is the inaugural director of the Meliora in Medicine course and thread through all 4 years of the medical school curriculum.

Her current and past national committee work includes: Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) Council; CDIM President (2014-2015); Board of Directors, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM); and Co-Chair, High Value Care Working Group (AAIM); and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine’s Diagnostic Error Competencies development group. She is the recipient of the 2019 Ruth-Marie E. Fincher, MD, Service Award, presented by CDIM for outstanding service to the organization. 

As the Aquifer Academic Director for Assessment, Dr. Lang provides strategic guidance to inform Aquifer’s non-profit mission of advancing health professions education. She is currently leading the development of innovative new formative assessments for a range of disciplines and led a multi- institution validation study of Aquifer Internal Medicine’s Clinical Decision-Making Exam (formerly the Key Features Exam) that was recently published in Academic Medicine. She is also a past Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Aquifer Internal Medicine course.

Dr. Lang earned her MD from SUNY Syracuse College of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Rochester. She graduated with a Masters in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Val and her husband, a medical oncologist, have a son who is an avid online learner. She enjoys 4-season biking (even in the Rochester winter), gardening, and traveling


Discipline: Internal Medicine

Current Roles: Academic Director for Assessment, Case Author, Assessment Author, Case Editor, Sciences Contributor

Former Role: Editor-in-Chief (Aquifer Internal Medicine)

Cases Authored: High Value Care 01: 45-year-old man – The importance of clinical reasoning, Internal Medicine 12: 55-year-old man with lower abdominal pain, Internal Medicine 25: 75-year-old woman with altered mental status

Aquifer Courses Authored: Aquifer Excellence courses on writing clinical decision cases and MCQs.

Other Aquifer Contributions: development of Aquifer Diagnostic Excellence cases,


Institution: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Institutional Role: Director, Meliora in Medicine; Director of Faculty Development, Hospital Medicine Division; Senior Assoc. Division Chief, Hospital Medicine

Amanda Kost, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author, Associate Editor (former)

Cases Authored: High Value Care 11: 17-year-old female – High value care reproductive health care


Institution:University of Washington Medicine

Anne Eacker, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 04: 80-year-old woman – Medications and value, Internal Medicine 18: 75-year-old man with memory problems, Internal Medicine 35: 35-year-old woman with three weeks of fever, High Value Care 06: 65-year-old man – Paying for value: Insurance Part 1


Blair Duffy, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 02: 25-year-old woman – Making diagnostic testing count


Carolyn Avery, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 07: 7-year-old female – Rooting out waste


Institution: Duke University

Amit Pahwa, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Teaching & Learning Lead, Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 09: 66-year-old woman – Redefining value at end of life


Institution: John Hopkins University

Jimmy Beck, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Curriculum Lead, Associate Editor


Institution: Seattle Children’s

Institutional Role: Pediatric Hospitalist

Heather Harrell, MD

Course Board: Aquifer High Value Care

Role: Senior Director, Case Author

Cases Authored: High Value Care 03: 65-year-old woman – Adult preventive care and value, High Value Care 12: 17-year-old female – Paying for value: Insurance Part 2


Institution: University of Florida