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Project Echo – Geriatrics


Established in 2016, our ECHO program is based on the ECHO model© and uses a hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing approach where expert teams lead virtual ECHO 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© has evolved into a learning framework, All Teach, All Learn, that applies across disciplines for sustainable and profound change. ECHO participants engage in a virtual community with their peers where they share support, guidance and feedback. As a result, our collective understanding of how to disseminate and implement best practices across diverse disciplines continuously improves and expands. We adapted this model to target health sciences trainees and their faculty across the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region.


4Ms of Age-friendly care

Our didactics are organized around the 4Ms of Age-Friendly including helping patients with dementia and thier caregivers.

Our Reach

Our Reach

We collaborate with clinics and training programs across Washington and Idaho.


Our audience

Our participants include interprofessional trainees, faculty, and practicing clinicians.

Our Partners

ECHO Model©
The heart of the ECHO model© is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks
Over 30 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.

How Our Sessions Work

Virtual, 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.
Community Panelists
We are the first ECHO to include community members on our specialist panel, bridging the community-clinic gap.
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 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.

January 19, 2024

The ABCs of Leqembi

By Michael Rosenbloom, MD, FAAN

Associate Professor of Neurology, UW Medicine Director of Clinical Trials, Memory, Brain, and Wellness Center Co-Investigator, Clinical Core, Alzheimer’s Disease...

Our Impact At A Glance

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

89% of participants highly rate our didactics, cases, and virtual delivery.

Participants believe their geriatric knowledge increases 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
Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency, Olympia, WA

Meet Our Panel

Meet Our Panel - Katherine Bennett

Katherine Bennett, MD

Medical Director, Project ECHO – Geriatrics

Leigh Ann Mike, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP

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
Sanchez, Felicia (GWEC headshot)

Felicia Sanchez

ALTC Representative