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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, the Montana Geriatric Education Center, and Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a network of geriatric care practitioners

  • Create hubs of geriatric expertise in the Rocky Mountain Region

  • Implement best practices for geriatric patients

  • Identify strategies to assess and address the 4Ms (What Matters, Mentation, Mobility, Medication) of geriatric healthcare.

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

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

Guest Presenter: Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW. Culture Change Expert


*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!

2022 Community Discussion Topics

The Gray Matters: Dilemmas, Decisions, and Uncertainty in Geriatric Care

March 31st

Supporting Complex Clinical Decisions (surgery, procedures)

Emma Bjore, MD

April 14th

Seeking a Higher Level of Care (Independent vs living facility)-

Tennille Nelson, PT, DPT

April 28th

Hospice Care

Mary Kerber, MD & Monica Trimble, LCSW

May 12th

NO SESSION!  Join WyCOA Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Summit!

May 26th

Dementia Dilemmas (Safety vs Autonomy)

Maya Pignatore, PhD

June 9th

Dementia Dilemmas (Involving Family)

Mary Kerber, MD

June 23rd

Alzheimer’s Medications

Tonja Woods, PharmD, BCGP

July 7th

Medication Dilemmas (blackbox warnings, off-label prescribing, anti-coagulants)

Tonja Woods, PharmD, BCGP

July 21st

Utilizing Best Practices in Low-Resources Settings

Monica Trimble, LCSW & Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Aug 4th

Advanced Care Planning/Surrogate Decision Makers

Monica Trimble, LCSW

Aug 18

Communicating with Difficult Patients

Monica Trimble, LCSW

Moving Toward Culture Change and Transformation in Long-Term Care

Presenter: Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW. Culture Change Expert

Sept 1st

Moving toward home

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW

Sept 15

Moving toward engagement in real life

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BS

Sept 29

Moving toward a living life focus

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BS

Oct 13

Moving toward individualized care planning

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BS

Oct 27

Moving toward honoring choice in dining

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BS

Nov 10th

*1 session in November

Moving toward person-directed living

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BS

Dec 8th

*1 session in November

Moving toward sleep promotion

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BS


Join the network in 2023 to discuss

"Addressing Geriatric Mental Health in the Primary Care Setting."

More information coming!

Review the resources discussed during each network here!

To view previous ECHO Networks (*please allow 2 weeks after each session to review) you will need to access iECHO (our web-based partner relations management tool).  Please contact your facility ECHO Coordinator, or email

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 

Student experence: "I am a first year physical therapy student at the University of Montana. I have attended a couple of your zoom seminars with UW ECHO in Geriatrics. I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to sit in on these meetings. They are inspiring and have really been teaching me about interprofessional communication as well as giving me an insight into the depth of thought and focus into each individual scenario."

 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.

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