Coaching for the Development of Master Adaptive Learners

The pace of the development of new biomedical knowledge and of changes in healthcare systems requires physicians and medical students to develop the ability to seamlessly adapt new information and concepts into their existing mental frameworks in order to become experts. Never has this dynamic been more in evidence than during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which new knowledge, skills, and processes of care have arisen at a furious rate. In order to develop into what the American Medical Association has termed Master Adaptive Learners, medical students, typically highly-motivated learners, will benefit from coaching from their clinical teachers to facilitate their self-regulated learning and help them develop the habits of mind required for making clinical decisions in modern practice.

In this workshop, we will present a schemata of the Master Adaptive Learner process and introduce novel tools to aid family physician faculty as they coach their students towards their development of cognitive mastery. The workshop will combine didactic presentation and practical application of the new coaching tools so that attendees will come away with useful skills to bring back to their home institutions. The presenters will encourage active discussion and group participation so as to benefit from the shared experience in the room in developing best practices for making use of the novel cognitive coaching framework and tools. You can find the handout from the workshop here.

Presented by:

  • Dave Anthony
  • Jason Chao
  • Sherilyn Smith
  • Leslie Fall

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)

Aquifer for New Users: Best Practices for Using Cases to Support Virtual and In-Person Learning

Join our panel of medical educators and Aquifer staff experts as they review the pedagogical grounding of Aquifer cases, what’s included with your subscription, and practical tips for integrating Aquifer cases in your curriculum for optimum success. This session will review the best practice steps recommended to integrate these versatile, patient-centered cases and teaching tools across your curriculum.

Topics include:

  • Getting started
  • Reviewing a case
  • Choosing a curricular focus
  • Choosing cases and setting up custom courses
  • Integrating cases into courses
  • Orienting students and faculty
  • Tracking progress and assessment options

This session is ideal for deans, course directors, faculty and staff who are new users of Aquifer as well as anyone looking for a refresher or introductory review of using Aquifer cases.

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