The Aquifer Sciences Initiative is a partnership between Aquifer and the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) to develop and disseminate teaching and learning tools that promote cognitive integration and collaborative teaching of basic and clinical sciences in health professions education.
The Aquifer Sciences course and resources are being developed by a nationally representative and multi-institutional team of over 100 leading science and clinical educators representing eleven core basic science disciplines and nine major clinical disciplines, working in collaboration with senior medical student curriculum interns selected through a competitive national process.
The goals of the Aquifer Sciences Initiative are to provide evidence-based teaching and learning resources that promote:
- Effective cognitive integration of the basic and clinical sciences by clinical learners, ensuring excellence in clinical decision making that places patient care, quality, value and safety at a premium.
- Productive and collaborative teaching by basic and clinical science faculty to ensure learner’s foundational basic science knowledge is effectively organized for clinical practice and life-long learning.
Phase One: Curriculum Database Available
The Aquifer Sciences curriculum is the first nationally-developed and publicly available curriculum that comprehensively outlines the core basic sciences concepts that must be understood and mastered by health professions learners in order to provide safe, routine patient care.
Phase One Brochure
Phase Two: In Development
Phase Two of the Aquifer Sciences Initiative leverages the Aquifer Sciences curriculum to create teaching and learning tools to support cognitive integration of basic and clinical sciences. Work is now underway at 12 pilot schools to create virtual patient cases and integrated illness scripts for clinical conditions routinely encountered in core clinical rotations.
Phase Two Brochure
Project Scope & Schedule
- Phase Two Beta-Testing
When Phase Two content development and review concludes, scripts and cases will be beta-tested. Following beta-testing, Aquifer plans to make these teaching and learning tools available via subscription. More information will be available in late 2019.
- Phase Three: Classroom Resources
Phase Three of the Initiative will use a similar development method to create and disseminate classroom resources to support active learning and collaborative faculty facilitation by basic and clinical science faculty, aimed primarily for the pre-clinical phase of health professions education. Teaching resources will support active learning methods such as flipped classrooms and team-based learning to further promote integration through advanced problem solving and co-teaching by basic science and clinical educators.
Aquifer Sciences Leadership & Contributors
The Aquifer Sciences initiative curriculum is developed by over 100 leading science and clinical educators from institutions across the nation.
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