Beyond Memorization: Leading with the “Why” to Improve Clinical Reasoning

Explore how focusing on the “why” behind clinical conditions links basic science and clinical knowledge for more efficient learning. Hear how Case Western uses Integrated Illness Scripts throughout their didactic curriculum to go beyond memorization to deeper conceptual understanding. Find out how Aquifer’s Integrated Illness Scripts foster clinical reasoning skills.


  • Jensen Lewis, MSPAS-PAC; Case Western Reserve University
  • Leah Sheridan, PhD, Ohio University Heritage School of Osteopathic Medicine

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:

Using Aquifer in Flipped Classrooms

Join our educator panel as they discuss the practical tips and strategies they have employed for using Aquifer cases and resources in flipped classroom models.

Topics will include:

  • Overview of ready-to-use Aquifer classroom resources and activities for teaching in a flipped classroom model
  • Advice from expert faculty on how they are using these resources to deliver engaging learning opportunities

This session is open to anyone and is ideal for educators and faculty in any discipline looking to expand their coverage on flipped classrooms.

Don’t have time for the full webinar? 
Skip to the content you need–full agenda with presenters and time stamps are listed below:
Introduction: 00:20
Agenda for webinar: 2:10
About Aquifer: 4:45
Benefits of flipping the classroom: 7:40
Challenges to flipping the classroom: 8:35
Strategies to optimize flipping the classroom: 9:40
Aquifer resources: 11:20
Radiology workshops: 15:58 with Pauline Germaine, DO, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Pre-clinical in a PA program in the Aquifer pediatrics course: 25:50 with Sara Kraus, MHS, PA-C, School of Medicine Case Western Reserve University
Providing a clinical-like experience for 3rd and 4th year medical students: 35:05 with Andrew Parsons, MD, MPH, University of Virginia
Aquifer Active Learning Module: Fever: 45:05 with Sherilyn Smith, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine & Aquifer
Q&A: 47:10
Wrap up: 54:10

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