Make an Impact: Work with Aquifer to Advance Medical Education

Aquifer—a unique non-profit organization dedicated to advancing healthcare education—is excited to announce the creation of an Osteopathic Task Force. This group will bring the voice, interests, and experiences of osteopathic medical educators to Aquifer, and work to develop faculty development materials and teaching tools for osteopathic educators using Aquifer courses.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a scholarly project on a national level. With over 12 million virtual patient cases completed since our founding in 2006, Aquifer is the leader in developing clinical teaching and learning tools.


Our Reach

Working with Aquifer, your work will make a big impact on osteopathic medical education. Currently, Aquifer is used by:

  • 66% of osteopathic medical schools—and 95% of US allopathic medical schools, and a growing number of health professions education programs.
  • 14,000 students in osteopathic medical schools.

Aquifer Osteopathic Task Force Details

Why: To further develop Aquifer’s teaching and learning resources as a valuable tool for osteopathic medical educators.

Who: This is an open invitation to all osteopathic educators who use Aquifer courses. The group will be supported by Aquifer staff and led by:

  • Erik Langenau, DO, MS, FAAP, FACOP
    Chief Academic Technology Officer, Dept of Professional Development and Online Learning
    Pediatrician, Dept of Family Medicine
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Alexander Chessman, MD
    Aquifer Academic Director for Curriculum
    Professor, Medical University of South Carolina

What: The Aquifer Osteopathic Task Force will:

  • Provide input to Aquifer leadership regarding  the priorities and unique needs of osteopathic programs
  • Develop and review faculty materials to support the use of Aquifer cases in the osteopathic curriculum

When: The Task Force will work actively for approximately 6 months, with an initial optional kick-off meeting for those attending AACOM in April and the working starting in early Fall of 2019. Work will include:

  • Monthly video conference calls
  • Working offline on prioritized projects, with work reviewed by the group on monthly calls.

The first meeting of the task force will take place at AACOM on April 11 from 6:45am-7:45am at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (Park Tower 8222). Breakfast will be provided. The goal of the meeting will be to identify the top priorities for developing educator materials to support the Aquifer cases from the perspectives of interested group members.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Osteopathic Task Force, please let us know by contacting Leah Romano, Aquifer Business Development Manager. Please also indicate if you will be able to join us for our initial meeting at AACOM. Attendance at the initial meeting is not required to join the task force.

We look forward to working with you to better serve the needs of osteopathic educators and students.

Thank You,

Erik Langenau, DO, MS, FAAP, FACOP
Chief Academic Technology Officer, Dept of Professional Development and Online Learning
Pediatrician, Dept of Family Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicin

Alexander Chessman, MD
Aquifer Academic Director for Curriculum
Professor, Medical University of South Carolina

Leslie Fall, MD
Aquifer Executive Director & Chief Academic Officer