As the number of older adults outpaces the number of newly trained specialists in the field, the US is facing a shortage of geriatricians. In Idaho, there were just eight board certified geriatricians serving in the entire state in 2018. As a result of these limitations locally and nationally, it is expected that the majority of health care for older adults will fall increasingly to primary care physicians.
ECHO Idaho’s Geriatric Care series provides training opportunities for primary care providers, nursing home and assisted living facility staff to gain skills and knowledge that can improve quality of life and patient well-being.
Led by an interdisciplinary panel comprised of a geriatrician, pharmacist, social worker, physical therapist, case manager and occupational therapist, this series will help enhance your competencies and provide the opportunity to learn best practices in screening for and treating conditions commonly experienced by geriatric patients.
Participating in ECHO Idaho helps you connect with peers statewide to identify approaches and resources for advancing patient care and receive insightful feedback on patient cases. These sessions are designed to be collaborative, engaging and immediately applicable to your practice.
Virtual sessions meet noon to 1 p.m. Mountain time second and fourth Tuesdays.
ECHO Idaho’s full series schedule is available here.
The target audience is primary care providers (MD, DO, PA, NP, RN, etc.), but all clinicians and behavioral health specialists are welcome.
Participation in ECHO Idaho is free.
Please register here for the ongoing sessions.
Once you register, you’ll receive convenient, day-of Zoom access direct to your inbox – join us as your schedule allows.
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- No-Cost Accredited Continuing Education: ECHO Idaho offers free accredited continuing education credits (CE). CE credit is available for participating in live sessions only, not for watching recorded sessions (unless otherwise indicated). To claim CE and provide feedback, please log in to Eeds. To learn more about the University of Idaho, WWAMI’s continuing education accreditation, visit our CE webpage.
- Professional Development: Participants gain new skills and competencies for managing patients.
- Creating Community: Clinician teams can increase professional satisfaction and decrease isolation, thus creating a sense of community.
- Increased Patient Satisfaction: Patients can continue to work with their trusted clinician instead of traveling long distances to be seen by a specialist.
- Improved Quality of Care: Health care professionals who participate in ECHO increase their knowledge and self-efficacy.
ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and the WWAMI Medical Education Program.