The Aquifer Sciences Initiative leadership team is gearing up for the IAMSE Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 9-12, 2018.

With the Aquifer Sciences curriculum database now available to the public, and the next phase of development starting soon, there is much exciting news that we can’t wait to share. We look forward to connecting with those of you who have been following this initiative since its inception, and those who may not have heard about our initiative yet. There are many opportunities to connect with our team of educators, from a quick stop-by at our booth to attending a full-day pre-conference session. We hope to see you there!

Visit Our Booth

Find us in the exhibit hall throughout the meeting for a live demonstration of the newly launched curriculum database, project details, and more.

Breakfast Reception & Presentation

Monday, June 11: 7:15am – 8:30am

Aquifer Sciences: What’s New, What’s Next

Catch up on the latest news from Aquifer Sciences, and learn where the Initiative is heading next.

Pre-Conference Faculty Development Course

Saturday, June 9: 8:30am – 3:15pm

Integrate Now: Evidence-Based Tools to Advance Cognitive Integration of Basic and Clinical Sciences

The faculty development session will begin with an interactive group discussion to identify five key barriers to integration. Following a brief review of the literature on concept-based learning and knowledge organization, participants will work in pairs to develop three basic science concepts relevant to their own teaching. Using these concepts as a foundation, participants will then create integrated learning objectives that advance and assess medical students’ understanding of the basic science underlying common clinical decisions. Following lunch, a second brief didactic will introduce the topic of clinical illness scripts. Working in new small groups, participants will choose a common clinical condition and develop two integrated illness scripts to demonstrate the basic science foundation for the presentation of each condition. The session will conclude with participants returning to the identified barriers to describe how these integration tools could be implemented at their schools to advance integration.


Michael Dell, Leslie Fall, Tracy Fulton, David Harris,   Ann Poznanski, Brian Wilcox, Amy Wilson-Delfosse

Register via IAMSE

Oral Presentations: Session 4 – Curriculum 2

Tuesday, June 12: 10:15am – 11:15am

  • David M. Harris – Development of Physiology Core Concept Framework to Facilitate Integration with Clinical Decision-Making
  • Tracy B. Fulton – Use of a Curriculum Database to Drive Development of Cases that Foster Cognitive Integration of Foundational Science Knowledge and Clinical Decision-Making
  • Brian Wilcox – Don’t Re-Invent the Wheel, Re-Purpose It: Using Existing Cases to Integrate Basic Science Content and Differential Diagnosis Using Integrated Illness Scripts

See you in Las Vegas!