Congratulations to our three Primary Care Liaisons (Breanne Swanson, Phung Nguyen, and Felicia Sanchez) and their well-received poster, Virtual Area Agency on Aging Based Practicum for Health Professions Trainees at the American Society on Aging’s Annual Conference On Aging 2023 in Atlanta, GA. Our Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Practicum is one way we work towards bridging the clinic-community gap by teaching primary care trainees (geriatric fellows, family medicine residents, and advanced practice nursing students) about programs to address the social determinants of health needs of older adults and caregivers. During the pandemic, our practicum was re-invented virtually using asynchronous videos and Zoom debriefings. Our findings indicate that our virtual practicum experience is just as valuable as it was pre-pandemic and if anything, it’s more convenient for busy primary care trainees.
Our Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series runs March 28th – May 30th, 2023. Help your geriatric population achieve optimum health. Learn the latest tips, treatments and guidelines for improving health in older adults and their caregivers in these new lectures. Earn 1.5 contact hours per lecture, a total of 15 credits for the entire series.
Our Project Director, Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS, delivered an excellent presentation, Age-Friendly Healthcare: What Is It? How Do We Get There? at UW Medicine’s Grand Rounds April 29th, 2022.
New educational resources:
- What You Need to Know About Opioid Dependence in Older Patients – 15 min Project ECHO – Geriatrics Didactic
- New Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing and What They Mean for Elders with Chronic Pain – 75 min Geriatric Healthcare Lecture
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.
Our own Katherine Bennett, MD testified February 5th, 2019 at the US senate HELP Committee Hearing about the merits of our Project ECHO – Geriatrics and our NW GWEC’s educational activities to better prepare the primary care workforce to care for older adults and ultimately reduce health care costs.
Click here to watch live.