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UW ECHO in Geriatrics

Case consultation, networking, and CE/CMEs!

Providing support to providers who care for older adults by creating a network of colleagues in the Rocky Mountain region with ease of access to a geriatric specialist care team


Participation is free

Through the UW ECHO® in Geriatrics, sponsored by the Wyoming Center on Aging, and the Montana Geriatric Education Center, healthcare professionals throughout the region have the opportunity to receive best-practice recommendations for consideration in management of older adults. You are invited to present challenging cases for discussion and feedback to a network of colleagues as well as a specialist care team.  Each ECHO network will also feature a brief community discussion on a variety of important topics related to geriatrics.

Project ECHO is a virtual model for lifelong medical learning and collaborative practice that links front-line healthcare providers with specialist care teams to manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care. It is transforming the way medical knowledge is shared and translated into everyday practice while in the process, enabling thousands of people in remote and medically underserved communities to receive care that was previously inaccessible.

2020 Learning Objectives:

  • Support a network of geriatric care practitioners

  • Create hubs of geriatric expertise in Wyoming

  • Implement best practices for geriatric patients

  • and articulate the 4M's of geriatric care

Our Specialist Care team:

Emma Bjore, MD. Geriatrician, Ivinson Medical Group, IMH: Laramie, WY

Tonja Woods, PharmD, BCGP. Geriatric Pharmacist, UW Clinical Associate Professor: Laramie, WY

Monica Trimble, LCSW.  Social Work, Stevensville Family Medicine: Stevensville, MT

Mary Kerber, MD. Neurologist, Cheyenne Medical Specialists: Cheyenne, WY

Soo Borson, MD. Geriatric Psychiatrist, University of Washington: Seattle, WA

Maya Pignatore, PhD.  Psychologist, Omaha VAMC: Omaha, NE

Tennille Nelson, PT, DPT, GCS. Physical Therapist, Ivinson Memorial Hospital: Laramie, WY

Erin J. Bush, PhD, CCC-SLP. Speech Language Pathologist, UW Assistant Professor, Neurogenic Communication Disorders: Laramie, WY

Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Care Coordination Specialist: Sheridan, WY



To join this unique community of practice contact: | (307) 766-2829 

*PLEASE NOTE that Project ECHO® case consultations do not create or otherwise establish a provider-case relationship between any UW ECHO in Geriatrics clinician and any person whose case is being presented in a Project ECHO® setting. 

Community Discussion Topics
Previous sessions available for viewing: Please contact WyCOA for more info!


 2020  Community Discussion Topic  Presenter

Sept 10

 Palliative Care and End-of-Life

Monica Trimble, LCSW

Sept 24

Suffering and Terminal Care

Soo Borson, MD

Oct 8

Aligning Goals of Care with Family Wishes

 Emma Bjore, MD

Oct 22

Staying Engaged with Families in the time of COVID

Hub member

Nov 5

What is the job of a caregiver?

Maya Pignatore, PhD

Dec 3

Supporting Caregivers During the Holidays

Erin Bush, PhD, CCC-SLP


Community Discussion Topics


Jan 14th

Long Distance Caregivers

Maya Pignatore, PhD & Faith Jones, MSN, RN

Jan 28th

Supporting Dementia Caregivers

Mary Kerber, MD

Feb 11th

Dealing with Challenging Caregivers/Family Members

Maya Pignatore, PhD

Feb 25th

Conducting meaningful Care Conferences: When to have the care conference

Monica Trimble, LCSW & Soo Borson, MD

March 11th

Conducting meaningful Care Conferences: How to conduct the care conference

Soo Borson, MD & Emma Bjore, MD

SAVE THE DATES: March 25th, April 8th, April 22nd, May 6th,

May 20th, June 3rd and June 17th 2020!


Review the resources discussed during each network here!

Seeking Cases

We welcome your presentation of cases for consultation at our upcoming networks!

Benefits of presenting a case: Free case consultation from geriatric experts in their field including sharing of resources including evidence based practice strategies to assist you in your routine practice, increased geriatric knowledge and outcomes, connecting to the geriatric care community of practice by learning and sharing similar challenges, Continuing Education credits, and networking with other geriatric care professionals.

Quotes from participating spokes:

  • "Thank you so much for the help, we have nothing but good reports to give from all the help we received, it was just incredible!"

  • “I truly appreciated the excellent feedback during the session-what phenomenal resources!”

  • “Thank you. Please pass on to the team how beneficial their guidance has been. I’ve been able to utilize the info/recommendations to many of the professionals I work with. We are proceeding with their recommendations!”

  • “Thanks a million for the copy of the recommendations.”

  • “It really is for our benefit, for our residents, and what a wonderful opportunity!!”

Download the Case Presentation Form 

Resources and PowerPoint slides from previous ECHO Networks can be found on the iECHO Website with access via your iECHO ID and password provided by WyCOA. 

You can also request materials by emailing

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Wyoming and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Colorado Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Cheyenne Regional Medical Center designates this presentation for a maximum of (1.0) AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit that commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Nursing CEs approved through the Wyoming Hospital Association. | WyCOA can provide a Certificate of Completion to all other disciplines.

Contact Us

Wyoming Center on Aging

1000 E. University Ave, Dept 3415

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2829

Fax: (307) 766-2847



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