The Aquifer Educator Connection Podcast brings you insights and practical tips about how expert health professions educators are using Aquifer’s virtual patient cases and resources to enrich learning. Join Dr. Lynne Robins as she talks to expert educators about how they incorporate Aquifer’s award winning e-Learning platform into their curricula to maximize student learning, provide tips and insights into getting the most out of the resources available to educators and students, and learn about best practices in using Aquifer.
Using Aquifer Cases in Women’s Health and Behavioral Medicine
Guest: Mary Stahovich, MHP, PA-C Assistant Professor and Didactic Coordinator of Physician Assistant Studies at California Baptist University
While Aquifer doesn’t have dedicated courses on Behavioral Medicine or Women’s Health, many of the cases already available in your subscription are excellent resources for these courses. In this episode, Mary Stahovich, PA-C describes how the richness of Aquifer cases helps her enhance her didactic courses on women’s health and behavioral medicine – areas in which it can be particularly challenging for students to obtain experience prior to entering clinical practice.
Full show notes can be found https://aquifer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Aquifer-Show-Notes-Mary-Stahovich.pdf (here).
Targeted Learning Support for Remediation and Flexible Pathways
Guest: Jaime Bowman MD, Clinical Education Director of Family Medicine, Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
As medical schools actively recruit more students from underrepresented populations (women, minorities, first generation learners, and students with a military background), the expectations for a “straight line” trajectory through MD programs will need to change. Educators need help meeting all students where they are and supporting them on their path to graduation. Dr. Jaime Bowman is a first-generation learner herself. She makes a compelling plea for flexible pathways and shares her approach for using Aquifer to provide individualized support for students needing remediation due to ongoing gaps or because they are returning from a family or personal leave.
Full show notes can be found https://aquifer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Aquifer-Show-Notes-Jaime-Bowman.pdf (here).
Harnessing Group Learning to Develop Clinical Reasoning Skills
Guest: Dolapo Babalola MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Director, Family Medicine and Rural Health Clerkship, and Director, Family Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education at Morehouse School of Medicine.
In this episode, Dr. Dolapo Babalola shares her tips about how to run interactive group sessions that promote engagement with Aquifer cases and enhance students’ clinical reasoning skills. Before creating her model of facilitated case-based sessions, which incorporates role play and group learning, Dr. Babalola got complaints from students that Aquifer cases were just busy work. Now students in her family medicine clerkship report finding value in learning how to solve clinical problems collaboratively with peers. Clerkship directors have also commented on the high level of skill that students who have completed the family medicine clerkship bring to subsequent clinical experiences.
Full show notes can be found https://aquifer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Aquifer-Show-Notes-Dolapo-Babalola.pdf (here).
Assessing Clinical Decision Making with Aquifer’s Internal Medicine Exam
Guest: Valerie Lang, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Academic Director of Assessment of Clinical Decision Making, Aquifer.
Dr. Valerie Lang was instrumental in the development and validation of the Aquifer Internal Medicine Clinical Decision Making Exam, which assesses learners’ clinical reasoning and decision making and is free to subscribers of Aquifer’s Internal Medicine course. In this podcast, Dr. Lang explains why the exam was developed and the benefits of integrating it into an overall assessment program to achieve a more comprehensive picture of students’ clinical competence.
Full show notes can be found https://aquifer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Aquifer-Show-Notes-Val-Lang.pdf (here).
Aquifer Cases as Standardized Patients
Guest: Sherilyn Smith, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer, Aquifer.
Description: In this episode, Dr. Sherilyn Smith shares tips for how to think of Aquifer cases in your curriculum as standardized patients, using them as the basis for active learning sessions, and how this paradigm shift can accelerate the development of clinical reasoning skills with pre-clinical and clinical medical students.
Full show notes can be found https://aquifer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Aquifer-Show-Notes-Sherilyn-Smith.pdf (here).
Supporting Residents as Teachers and Learners with Aquifer Cases
Guest: Michael Dell, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Education at Case Western Reserve University SOM and a pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Aquifer Pediatrics - Senior Director and Case Author.
Dr. Dell is an enthusiastic proponent of using virtual cases across the continuum of medical education, including with advanced learners like residents and interns. In this episode, Dr. Dell describes how he incorporates cases into his Residents as Teachers Curriculum, replacing lectures with noon conferences. In their flipped classroom model, residents run the conference like rounds leading a discussion about an Aquifer case framed as the ‘virtual patient you admitted the night before’ and incorporating rich what- if and compare and contrast scenarios. Dr. Dell also shares a successful collaboration with residents to create a case-based orientation curriculum for acting interns that eased their transition to the hospital setting. The curriculum included instruction about essential content as well as practical tips on how to get things done in the hospital.
Full show notes can be found https://aquifer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Aquifer-Show-Notes-Mike-Dell.pdf (here.)