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UW ECHO in Geriatrics

Join the UW ECHO in Geriatrics Network
as we support you in your work: COVID-19 UPDATE

We are well aware that your lives and work are being impacted by COVID-19. In response, the UW ECHO in Geriatrics team has made the decision to focus our time together on case consultation and discussion of current challenges. We will postpone our didactic focus on Palliative Care for the time being.

In the coming weeks and months, please utilize the Geriatric ECHO as a place to:

  • Discuss challenging cases and receive recommendations from the hub team

  • Share the current challenges you and your colleagues are facing

  • Learn and collaborate with colleagues across the region

We will continue to meet every other Thursday at noon. Please join us this Thursday, March 26th for our first session utilizing this adjusted format. If you have a case that you would like to discuss or a topic for consideration, please let us know as soon as possible. If you have other ideas regarding how the UW ECHO in Geriatrics can support, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you online.

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 4Ms’ 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



Previous sessions available for viewing: Please contact WyCOA for more info!
 2020  Community Discussion Topics & Objectives  PRESENTER

A Focus on Palliative Care: Download UW ECHO in Geriatrics brochure

March 26

Introduction to the ECHO model & Age-Friendly Healthcare

Catherine Carrico, PhD & Emma Bjore, MD

April 9

Palliative Care: Who, What, Why

Hillary Lum, MD, PhD.  University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center

April 23

Comprehensive Goal Setting to Support Palliative Care

Soo Borson, MD

May 7

Harnessing Local Strengths to Incorporating Palliative Care Principles

Emma Bjore, MD

May 21

Care Coordination to Support Palliative Care

Faith M Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

June 4

The Palliative Care Plan: Illustrative Case Examples


June 18

The Palliative Care Plan: Illustrative Case Examples


July 2

The Palliative Care Plan: Illustrative Case Examples


July 16

The Palliative Care Plan: Illustrative Case Examples


July 30

Is this Working?  Assessing the Impact of Palliative Care

Soo Borson, MD


To join this unique community of practice, or to get more information:

 (307) 766-2829  | 

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:

  • “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 commensurates 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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