19ME055 - MAHEC Project ECHO® for Geriatric Care (7-Part Video Teleconference Series)

Dec 31–Apr 17, 2019 Closed Allied Health Medicine Mental Health Nursing

19ME055 - MAHEC Project ECHO® for Geriatric Care (7-Part Video Teleconference Series)


Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes nursing education to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. ECHO is led by an expert team that uses multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual learning sessions comprised of a short didactic followed by case presentations provided by participants. Rural physicians have identified the need for expert medical advice regarding care for aging patients in their communities.

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The American population of older adults is rapidly expanding, while the number of Geriatricians is declining, creating a significant gap in our healthcare system. In rural North Carolina, most aging adults do not have access to a geriatrician and are cared for by family medicine physicians. The imperative created by increasing numbers of aging Americans coupled with increasing longevity has generated recognition and acceptance within physicians that continuing medical education must address the knowledge and skills that are necessary to provide effective care for older adults.

This video teleconferencing series, guided by experts, takes place over seven bi-weekly modules (one-hour each) and will cover topics such as:

Locating Community Resources
Geriatric Depression
Falls Evaluation
Dementia Evaluation
Advance Care Planning
Geriatric Substance Use Disorder

“This project is/was supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number #U1QHP28734-01-00, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.

This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the BHPr, HRSA, DHHS or the U.S. Government.”

Module Dates

Following 7 Wednesdays in 2019 (7-8am):

January 23rd - completed
February 6th & 20th - completed
March 6th & 20th - completed
April 3rd & 17th
(The Snow Date for each module will be the following Wednesday, when feasible)

Target Audience

Family Medicine, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and healthcare team members of the clinical setting providing care to vulnerable elderly adults in local rural communities.


  • Increase evidence-based care for vulnerable elderly adults in local rural communities
  • Increase knowledge of healthcare providers in person-centered care, optimizing personal goals and minimizing iatrogenic harm for older adults


  • Michael Dowling, MD
  • Marvin McBride, MD, MBA
  • LeeAnne Tucker, MPA
  • Lisa B. Verges, MD
  • Blythe S. Winchester, MD
  • Tasha R. Woodall, PharmD, CGP, CPP


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