UW’s family medicine residents have monthly access to guidance on managing elder patients’ conditions.
On the third Friday of the month, a team of geriatric specialists lead a teleconference, Project ECHO – Geriatrics, a teleconference that is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most concerted efforts to improve care of elderly people.
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 (AAA), all with expertise in geriatrics.
We partner with the University of Washington’s Family Medicine Residency programs located across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (or the WWAMI region), but we also include other students, such as nurse practitioner students and residents.
Developed 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 physicians and nurse practitioners).
About Our Sessions
Monthly, Ongoing Sessions
Every 3rd Friday of the month @ 12:30 – 1:30pm Pacific, year-round.
Our sessions include a brief didactic (15 min), followed by case consultation(s) and discussion.
Residents, fellows, and students across medicine, nursing, and other fields.
We are the first ECHO to include community members on our specialist panel, bridging the community-clinic gap.
of attendees plan to change their practice as a result of our sessions.
of attendees highly rate our didactics, cases, and virtual delivery.
Attendees report perceived knowledge increase from before to after our sessions.
We have found it invaluable. The didactic and case-based learning is of the very highest quality and promotes true geriatric care consideration by our residents.- Kevin Braun, MD, MPH, Program Director, Family Medicine Residency, Olympia, WA
Meet Our Panel
Katherine Bennett, MD
Medical Director, Project ECHO - Geriatrics
Thuan Ong, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS
Geriatrician, NW GWEC Project Director
Allison Boll, MSW
Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD
Carol Crawford, PharmD
Karen Clay, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker
Staci Levison, BSW
Beth Labardi, MD
Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA
Mary Pat O'Leary, RN, BSN
Melissa Ensey, MSEd
January 15th – Welcome and Introduction to Project ECHO – Geriatrics, Kent Unruh, PhD and Katherine Bennett, MD
February 19th – Medication Use in Older Adults – Updated Beers Criteria, Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD
March 19th – Addressing Falls in Your Clinical Practice, Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS
April 15th – Artfully Approaching End-of-Life Discussions Using POLST, Wayne McCormick, MD, MPH
May 13th – Management of Agitation in Dementia, Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA
June 17th – Health Literacy: Learning to Read the Person in Front of You, Thuan Ong, MD, MPH
July 12th – Driving Safety and Older Adults, Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD
August 19th – Medications and Falls in Older Adults, Zachary Marcum, PharmD, PhD, BCPS
September 16th – Late Life Depression, Beth Labardi, MD
October 21st – Frailty: A Brief Overview, Joe C. Huang, MD
November 18th – Atrial Fibrillation, Michael 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 Medicare, May 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
July 21st – Caring for the Caregiver, Lianne Hirano, MD
August 18th – Deprescribing, Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD
September 15th – Hospice Case Studies in Dementia, Lee Burnside, MD, MBA
October 20th – Unexplained Weight Loss in the Elderly, William A. Banks, MD, FACES
November 17th – Dementia Treatment Principles, Lucy Wang, MD
December 15th – Kidney Disease and Functional Decline in Older Adults, Bob Roshanravan, MD, MSPH, MS
January 19th – Pre-Op Testing, Joel Huang, MD
February 16th – Multimorbidity, Katherine Bennett, MD
Connect with Us
Connect with us to learn more about Project ECHO – Geriatrics and sign-up to participate.