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Project Echo – Geriatrics

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Established in 2016, our ECHO program is based on the ECHO model uses a hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing approach where expert teams lead virtual teleECHO sessions, amplifying the capacity for providers to care for older adults. Our program’s didactics focus on covering the 4Ms of Age Friendly Care and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. 


ECHO Model

The ECHO model was 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).

Echo Model
4Ms of Age Friendly Care
  • What Matters
  • Mobility
  • Medication
  • Mentation
Our Reach
Our Reach

We collaborate with participants from across Washington and Idaho.

Our Audience
Our Audience

Our participants include trainees and practicing clinicians across multiple disciplines. 

How Our Sessions Work

Project ECHO – Geriatrics
Virtual, Monthly, Ongoing Sessions
Every 3rd Friday of the month @ 12:30 – 1:30pm Pacific, year-round.
Project ECHO – Geriatrics
Our sessions include a brief didactic (15 min), followed by case consultation(s) and discussion.
Project ECHO – Geriatrics
Community Panelists
We are the first ECHO to include community members on our specialist panel, bridging the community-clinic gap.
Project ECHO – Geriatrics
Didactic Database
Our didactics are recorded and freely available to watch online, anytime.
For more information or to join our sessions, please reach out.

Our Impact At A Glance

Two-thirds of attendees plan to change their practice as a result of our sessions.

89% 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.

Project ECHO – Geriatrics

Kevin Braun, MD, MPH, Program Director
Family Medicine Residency, Olympia, WA

Our Partners

ECHO Model
The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks
FM Residency Network
29 family medicine residency programs across 5 states in the WWAMI region.
University of Washington’s ECHO team was the first group to replicate the ECHO Model.

Meet Our Panel

Meet Our Panel - Katherine Bennett

Katherine Bennett, MD

Medical Director, Project ECHO – Geriatrics
Meet Our Panel - Zachary Marcum

Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD

Geriatric Pharmacist
Meet Our Panel - Beth Labardi

Beth Labardi, MD

Geriatric Psychiatrist
Meet Our Panel - Thuan Ong

Thuan Ong, MD, MPH

Meet Our Panel - Carol Crawford

Carol Crawford, PharmD

Geriatric Pharmacist
Barbara B. Cochrane

Barbara Cochrane, RN, PhD

Geriatric Nurse
Meet Our Panel - Elizabeth Phelan

Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS

Geriatrician, NW GWEC Project Director
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Shannon McDonald, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker
Meet Our Panel - Mary Pat Oleary

Mary Pat O’Leary, RN, BSN

ADS Nurse Planner
Meet Our Panel - Phung Nguyen

Phung Nguyen, MPA

ADS Representative
Meet Our Panel - Breanne Swanson

Breanne Swanson, MS

AAADSW Representative
Aimee Verrall

Aimee Verrall, MPH

Program Manager

Our Didactics

Our Project ECHO – Geriatrics didactics are easily digested at 15 minutes in length and cover a range of geriatric topics focusing on evidence-based practices useful for primary care healthcare providers. Search and watch our didactics online, anytime.

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