Project ECHO - Geriatrics

Our PanelOur Didactics
The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double by 2060. Older adults are living longer, but with more chronic medical conditions, and in rural and underserved areas. Geriatrics training is essential for the primary care workforce who will care for our growing older adult population.
The ECHO model™ began at the University of New Mexico to improve access to specialty care in underserved communities and has spread worldwide. We adapted this model to target trainees (primarily physician and nurse practitioner).
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Our monthly video conference sessions include:

  • A brief didactic followed by
  • Case consultations and discussion.
Remote-site clinicians receive an in-depth consultation provided by fellowship-trained geriatricians, a psychiatrist, a pharmacist, a social worker, and representatives from two Area Agencies on Aging, all with expertise in geriatrics.

About Our Sessions

Monthly Sessions

Every 3rd Friday of the month at 12:30 – 1:30 PST, year round.

Northwest United States

Streamed across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI region).

Trainee Audience

Residents, fellows, and students across medicine, nursing, and other fields.

Our Partners

The ECHO Model™

The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks.

University of Washington ECHO Team

University of Washington’s ECHO team was the first group to replicate the ECHO Model.

Family Medicine Residency Network

29 family medicine residency programs across 5 states in the WWAMI region.

Meet Our Panel

Katherine Bennett, MD

Katherine Bennett, MD

Medical Director, Project ECHO - Geriatrics

Thuan Ong, MD, MPH

Thuan Ong, MD, MPH

Geriatrician

Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS

Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS

Geriatrician, NW GWEC Project Director

Allison Boll, MSW

Allison Boll, MSW

ADS Representative

Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD

Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD

Geriatric Pharmacist

Carol Crawford, PharmD

Carol Crawford, PharmD

Geriatric Pharmacist

Karen Clay, MSW, LICSW

Karen Clay, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Staci Levison, BSW

Staci Levison, BSW

AAADSW Representative

Beth Labardi, MD

Beth Labardi, MD

Geriatric Psychiatrist

Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA

Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA

Geriatric Psychiatrist

Mary Pat O'Leary, RN, BSN

Mary Pat O'Leary, RN, BSN

ADS Representative

Melissa Ensey, MSEd

Melissa Ensey, MSEd

AAADSW Representative

Our Didactics

Didactics 2015-2016

January 15th – Welcome and Introduction to Project ECHO – GeriatricsKent Unruh, PhD and Katherine Bennett, MD

February 19th – Medication Use in Older Adults – Updated Beers CriteriaZachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD

March 19th – Addressing Falls in Your Clinical PracticeElizabeth Phelan, MD, MS

April 15th – Artfully Approaching End-of-Life Discussions Using POLSTWayne McCormick, MD, MPH

May 13th – Management of Agitation in DementiaStephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA

June 17th – Health Literacy: Learning to Read the Person in Front of YouThuan Ong, MD, MPH

Didactics 2016-2017

July 12th – Driving Safety and Older AdultsKristoffer Rhoads, PhD

August 19th – Medications and Falls in Older AdultsZachary Marcum, PharmD, PhD, BCPS

September 16th – Late Life DepressionBeth Labardi, MD

October 21st – Frailty: A Brief OverviewJoe C. Huang, MD

November 18th – Atrial FibrillationMichael A. Chen, MD, PhD, FACC

December 16th – 10 Myths About Decision-Making Capacity, Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD MTS

January 20th – Cancer Screening in Older Adults: Who Should I Screen?Katherine Bennett, MD

February 17th – Sexual Health in Older Adults (Slides Only), Lauren Carpenter, MD

March 17th – Osteoporosis, Katherine Ritchey, DO, MPH

April 21st – Alphabet Soup of MedicareMay Reed, MD

May 12th – HIV and Aging, Wayne McCormick, MD, MPH

June 16th – The Role of Area Agencies on Aging, Allison Boll, MSW and Melissa Ensey, MSEd

 

Didactics 2017-2018

July 21st – Caring for the Caregiver, Lianne Hirano, MD

August 18th – Deprescibing, Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD

September 15th – Hospice Case Studies in DementiaLee Burnside, MD, MBA

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