Starting next week, you will be working through the application of the course content through completion of Aquifer case studies. Each Aquifer case study focuses on a particular patient and health problem. Case presentations use pictures, video and audio files, as well as questions you must respond to. At the end of the case study, you are prompted to create a summary statement(s).

Aquifer Registration 

Since you have used Aquifer for a previous course, you should already have an existing Aquifer Student Account and have access to the Cases, as well as other Core Curriculum courses such as the Culture in Health Care Courses.

Note: you might be more familiar with Aquifer by its old name, Med-U.

If you do not have a student account, please follow these instructions for registration into Aquifer

  1. Go to aquifer.org
  2. Click on ‘Sign In’
  3. Then you will see a spot to click to ‘register.’ It will ask you for some information including your email address. Use your US University email address and you will be added without charge to the system.
  4. You should then get an invite/confirmation email from the Aquifer system. 

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Case Study Directions

Complete the required Aquifer case studies and create your summary statement(s) at the completion of your progress through the course. Complete a Case Analysis Tool Worksheet(CAT)* for each Aquifer case. Submit your CAT worksheets for your cases by end of day on Monday each week that they are due.

*The CAT worksheet PDF instructions can be found here and samples can be found herehere, and here. Click here for the downloadable template.

You may find the CAT worksheet useful in the clinical setting as well. Feel free to use this worksheet in the clinical setting if you think it may be beneficial for you.

LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT: This is measured by the Aquifer system, incorporating your progression through the system, time spent on each case study component, demonstration of clinical reasoning, analysis of your summary statement(s), and overall time spent on the case study. Students who achieve a high level of learning on the Aquifer case studies spend a minimum of 60 minutes and an average maximum time of <90 minutes. Students who spend >90 minutes in the case study start to demonstrate decreased competency in their summary statements. Please see the grading rubric for Aquifer scoring. The system uses a “traffic light” system which allows you to track your progress and status. Green means you are doing well, yellow means you need to improve, and red is unsatisfactory.

The Aquifer assignment is a pass/fail assignment. You must achieve a level of engagement of “Green” for ALL case studies in order to successfully pass the assignment. You can determine your assignment status by reviewing your progress in Aquifer. (Simply, whether or not you completed all of the required cases and achieve the required level of engagement).

Starting next week, you will be working through the application of the course content through completion of Aquifer case studies. Each Aquifer case study focuses on a particular patient and health problem. Case presentations use pictures, video and audio files, as well as questions you must respond to. At the end of the case study, you are prompted to create a summary statement(s).

Aquifer Registration 

Since you have used Aquifer for a previous course, you should already have an existing Aquifer Student Account and have access to the Cases, as well as other Core Curriculum courses such as the Culture in Health Care Courses.

Note: you might be more familiar with Aquifer by its old name, Med-U.

If you do not have a student account, please follow these instructions for registration into Aquifer

  1. Go to aquifer.org
  2. Click on ‘Sign In’
  3. Then you will see a spot to click to ‘register.’ It will ask you for some information including your email address. Use your US University email address and you will be added without charge to the system.
  4. You should then get an invite/confirmation email from the Aquifer system. 

Case Study Directions

In the designated week, complete the required Aquifer case studies and create your summary statement(s) at the completion of your progress through the course. Complete a Case Analysis Tool Worksheet(CAT)* for each Aquifer case. Submit your CAT worksheets for your cases by end of day on Monday each week that they are due.

*The CAT worksheet PDF instructions can be found here and samples can be found herehere, and here. Click here for the downloadable template.

You may find the CAT worksheet useful in the clinical setting as well. Feel free to use this worksheet in the clinical setting if you think it may be beneficial for you.

LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT: This is measured by the Aquifer system, incorporating your progression through the system, time spent on each case study component, demonstration of clinical reasoning, analysis of your summary statement(s), and overall time spent on the case study. Students who achieve a high level of learning on the Aquifer case studies spend a minimum of 60 minutes and an average maximum time of <90 minutes. Students who spend >90 minutes in the case study start to demonstrate decreased competency in their summary statements. Please see the grading rubric for Aquifer scoring. The system uses a “traffic light” system which allows you to track your progress and status. Green means you are doing well, yellow means you need to improve, and red is unsatisfactory.

The Aquifer assignment is a pass/fail assignment. You must achieve a level of engagement of “Green” for ALL case studies in order to successfully pass the assignment. You can determine your assignment status by reviewing your progress in Aquifer. (Simply, whether or not you completed all of the required cases and achieve the required level of engagement).