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Advances in medical care and a healthier environment mean that more Americans are living longer, rapidly expanding our country’s population of older adults. Living longer often that means managing multiple chronic conditions. Older adults contend with elevated rates of diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease, arthritis, and other chronic conditions leading to disability, functional loss, cognitive decline, and other poor health outcomes. A shortage of specialty geriatric and primary care providers has limited their access to optimal care, especially in low-income communities where people have public insurance or no insurance at all. The ECHO-Chicago Geriatrics curriculum improves health outcomes for older adults by creating a robust, engaged network of interdisciplinary care providers who share resources and education to improve health for older adults. Our discussion and case-based learning center on issues of assessment and screening, polypharmacy and medication reconciliation, fall risk assessment, and advanced care planning and end-of-life issues. We welcome all primary care providers to join this series, especially those in Family or Internal Medicine who may be seeing a gradually aging population.

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Geriatric assessment in primary care
  • Screening and health maintenance in older adults
  • Advance care planning (Power of Attorney and living will)
  • Hospice & palliative medicine 101
  • Fall assessments
  • Polypharmacy 
  • Community resources for older adults
  • Dementia diagnosis & management


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Topic Specialists

Katherine Thompson, M.D.

Associate Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago and a national leader in geriatrics and medical education initiatives

Tia Kostas, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago

Christina Bernhardy, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Caregiver Support Group Co-Facilitator at the University of Chicago Outpatient Senior Health Center at South Shore

Stacie Levine, MD

Director of Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program & Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago

Monica Malec, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago

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