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Project ECHO-Geriatrics at the University of Washington announces a new unique training opportunity for students of the health professions. The Age-Friendly Healthcare: Interprofessional Training Program is being offered between January and June 2022. Participants will learn key components of age-friendly, patient-centered, team-based healthcare of older adults through three interprofessional telehealth case sessions.

This training is offered through the HRSA-funded Project ECHO-Geriatrics, a monthly interprofessional telementoring/consultation program focused on care of older adults in primary care. Each one-hour session consists of a mini-didactic focused on primary care of older adults followed by a case discussion of 1-2 patients presented by a regional clinician and insights shared by an interprofessional healthcare panel (geriatric medicine, social work, nursing, geriatric psychiatry, pharmacy, and Area Agency on Aging staff) and participants. Discussions focus on high quality interprofessional care of older adults largely based on the four Ms of age-friendly care (what matters, mobility, mentation, and medications). Patient case discussions are de-identified to protect patient confidentiality.

Project ECHO-Geriatrics, an educational activity of the Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center is based on the well-established ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model. Since 2016, over 1000 regionally based clinicians and trainees have received training using this approach. Project ECHO-Geriatrics is now expanding to provide health professions students an opportunity to observe, learn from, and contribute to high quality interprofessional care for older adults. This new opportunity is open to students from across the health professions, including medicine, nursing, social work, public health, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, speech and language pathology, and nutrition/dietetics.

The approximate time commitment is 7 hours between January and June 2022. Students will register for their choice of three of the six Project ECHO sessions available (1 hour each on Zoom, offered monthly). Each session will be followed by a 30-minute debrief/discussion specifically for health professions students (also on Zoom). The program will kick off with a brief online orientation/team building session, and all students will be asked to fill out surveys at course completion. Below are dates/times for six available ECHO sessions.

Target Audience:

This program is designed for future healthcare professionals who:

  • have an interest in the principles of high quality, interprofessional primary care for older adults
  • want experience discussing and problem solving real-world primary care of older adults
  • want to learn more about a team-based approach to care of older adults
  • have clinical training experience with direct patient interaction

Dates 2022

Participants are asked to attend three Zoom sessions selected from the following, all held on Fridays, 12:30-2:00PM

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June 17

Registration closes January 8, 2022.

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Questions? Contact Kate Bennett, MD at bennett4@uw.edu, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington