Optimizing Aquifer for Flexible Curriculum Support: Aquifer’s Curricular Partner Program

Explore the power of a subscription to Aquifer’s Curricular Partner program. In addition to discounted access to the entire content library, Curricular Partners gain exclusive access to use our new, innovative tools like Aquifer Calibrate (our formative assessment system), cases on palliative care, and Integrated Illness Scripts.

Get to know the full potential of Aquifer’s cases across your curriculum as Dr. Sherilyn Smith shows quick and easy ways to fill gaps, find what you need, and get creative in elevating courses and engaging students.

Wondering what’s included? We’ll walk through the many benefits and support resources included in your 2022-23 Curricular Partner subscription, including a personal meeting with a curriculum specialist and peer consults with medical educators to help solve your challenges–plus Aquifer’s educator-to-educator faculty development resources and 24/7 support.

Table of Contents:

  • 0:00 – Welcome
  • 3:15 – Introduction to Aquifer
  • 4:15 – What is a Curricular Partner?
  • 4:48 – What’s included in your Curricular Partner Subscription
  • 9:00 – Power of the Content Library
  • 11:20 – Content Library Example: Pre-Clerkship Systems Based Course
  • 17:20 – Content Library Example: Core Clerkship
  • 20:40 – Content Library Example: Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship
  • 24:45 – Content Library Example: Advanced Elective
  • 27:12 – Hidden Gems
  • 31:20 – Exclusive Access to New Products
  • 31:31 – Aquifer Calibrate
  • 34:20 – Aquifer Palliative Care Course
  • 36:45 – Aquifer Integrated Illness Scripts
  • 39:27 – Additional Resources
  • 44:00 – Q&A
  • 58:00 – Next Steps

Using Aquifer Cases to Meet ARC-PA Accreditation Standards

Aquifer’s virtual patient cases are helping faculty meet ARC-PA standards in a variety of ways. Hear how Aquifer cases were used in building a hybrid rotation at DeSales University and integrated across the curriculum to cover a range of requirements at Touro University California.


  • Darcie Larimore-Arenas, MSPAS, MPH, PA-C; Touro University, California
  • Kathleen Ehrhardt, MMS, PA-C; DeSales University

WISE-MD & WISE-OnCall – Implementing eLearning Tools to Enhance Your Curriculum

Join Dr. Thomas Riles, Associate Dean for Medical Education and Technology and the Frank C. Spencer Professor of Surgery at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, for this webinar overviewing best practices for effectively integrating WISE-MD and WISE-OnCall into surgical clinical experiences and readiness for residency/practice courses. Dr. Riles will be joined by other medical educators who will share practical tips from their experience using the courses.

In this interactive session you will:

  • Learn about WISE-MD and WISE-OnCall content and pedagogy and how they may be utilized in the health professions education continuum.
  • Join an educator-led breakout session of your choice:
    • Using WISE-MD in your Surgery Course
    • Using Wise-OnCall to help transition from student to resident

Main Session:

Breakout Session 1: How to use WISE-MD in Your Surgery Course:

Breakout Session 2: Using WISE-OnCall to Help Transition from Student to Residency/Practice:

Closing Remarks:

Lessons Learned from COVID: Best Practices for Using Aquifer in Virtual Courses

Join our educator panel as they discuss the practical tips and strategies they have employed for using Aquifer to manage learning disruptions due to COVID, and the lessons they have learned and will take forward.
Topics will include:
  • Advice from expert faculty on how they used Aquifer courses to manage learning disruptions
  • Lessons learned–what teaching practices using Aquifer cases they will bring forward and what they will leave behind
This session is open to anyone, and is ideal for existing subscribers looking for innovative ways to prepare for future learning disruptions.

Don’t have time for the full webinar?

Skip to the content you need–full agenda with presenters and time stamps are listed below:

Intro & Aquifer During the Pandemic: (start at the beginning)
Best Practices:
Tele-precepting: Cindy Lord, MHS PA-C, Case Western Reserve Physician Assistant Program (starting at 11:25)
Online Orientation: Dr. Traci Marquis-Eydman, Quinnipiac University (starting at 17:32)
Case-Based Learning Sessions: Dr. Kirstin Nackers, University of Wisconsin (starting at 24:35)
Oral & Written Presentation Skills: Dr. Ronda Mourad, Case Western Reserve University (starting at 32:20)
The Student Experience on Virtual Rotations: Georgia Vasilakis, West Virginia University School of Medicine (starting at 38:43)
Remediation: Dr. Sherilyn Smith, University of Washington (starting at 46:10)

Q&A: (starting at 48:05)

Best Practices for Integrating Aquifer in Physician Assistant Programs

In this interactive session, we explored the best strategies and methods for integrating Aquifer cases into your Physician Assistant courses or curriculum. This session is designed for faculty and administrators who are new to Aquifer and those looking to improve how they are using the cases.

Main Session:

Breakout Session 1: Tips for using Aquifer cases in clinical education

Breakout Session 2: Tips for using Aquifer cases in didactic courses

Breakout Session 3: Finding the cases you want and building custom courses

Best Practices for Integrating Aquifer in Medical Education

Learn about how to best incorporate Aquifer in to curricula for both allopathic and osteopathic medical education.


  • Sherilyn Smith, MD
  • Erik Langenau, DO, MS
  • Barbara Capozzi, DO
  • Leslie Fall, MD
  • Karen McDonough, MD
  • Mandi Sehgal, MD