ECHO Clinics

Cohort based program, register if interested • 12–1 p.m.

If you would like to submit a case for discussion at this clinic please click on the link below to complete the form. After submitting the form download a copy to reference while presenting your case.

Geriatrics Case Review Form

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for an additional 0.5 hour of AMA PRA Category I and Nursing continuing education credit for completing a case review form and presenting it during an ECHO clinic

The Sanford Center for Aging (SCA) geriatric specialty clinical team can help enhance your ability to care for your older patients by providing up-to-date screening tools, assessments, best practices and resources for you, your patients, and caregivers.

This clinic is led by:

  • Patti Swager, M.Ed. Patti is Associate Director for Clinical Education at the SCA. She completed a certificate in gerontology and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of aging. She works in collaboration with the clinical team and seeks out other experts to serve as presenters for the geriatric series.
  • Mordechai Lavi, M.D. Dr. Mordechai Lavi joined UNR faculty in September 2017. He specializes in the care of adults 65 and older. He will be practicing inpatient and outpatient geriatric medicine.
  • Kelley Macmillan, Ph.D. Kelley Macmillan is a professional social worker with educational preparation in psychology (BA), mental health and family therapy (MSW), social work, gerontology and geriatrics (Ph.D.). Prior to joining the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015, Dr. Macmillan was a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland for nine years. In addition he has more than 20 years of managerial and direct practice in health care delivery systems. Dr. Macmillan utilizes his skill, expertise, and patient-centered approach to serve clients and families in the Sanford Center Geriatric Clinic.
  • Leslie Baker, PharmD, BCGP. Leslie Baker is the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist at the Sanford Center Geriatric Specialty Clinic. She is also the Pharmacist in Charge at the University of Nevada, Reno Campus Pharmacy. In addition to her work at the specialty clinic, Leslie also provides Medication Therapy Management services through the community outreach program at the Sanford Center. Leslie has practiced in a variety of pharmacy settings to include hospital, retail, mail order, and as a consultant pharmacist for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
  • Kelly Presser, MSN, RN, CNL. Kelly Presser works as the Clinical Nurse Leader in the Community Living Center at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care system in Reno, Nevada. She is dedicated to promoting best practices and improving outcomes throughout the VA, especially for the geriatric population. As a CNL, Kelly has worked on numerous evidence-based practice projects with a special focus on long-term indwelling catheter management, pain reduction and dementia care. She has over eight years of experience working with veterans and she is currently the coordinator for the STAR-VA dementia management program. Kelly obtained her BSN at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA and her MSN at the University of San Francisco. 
  • Peter Reed Ph.D., MPH. Dr. Peter Reed joined the University of Nevada, Reno as Director of the Sanford Center for Aging and Professor of Community Health Sciences in September 2013. Dr. Reed received both a Ph.D. and MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a National Institute on Aging Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the Carolina Program on Healthcare and Aging Research. He is also a Phi Beta Kappa-graduate of the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.
  • Jennifer Carson, Ph.D., M.P.H. Dr. Jennifer Carson is Director of the Dementia Engagement, Education and Research (DEER) Program in the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Carson currently spends much of her time working with tribal, rural and urban communities across the state as Project Director of the Dementia Friendly Nevada initiative, sponsored by the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division, and teaching professional and family care partners as the author and facilitator of Bravo Zulu. Dr. Carson received her PhD in Recreation and Leisure Studies (Aging, Health and Well-Being) from University of Waterloo and MS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (Therapeutic Recreation) from Clemson University


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Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 1.00 hours of nursing continuing education credit.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 1.00 hours of MFT/CPC education credit.

Previous Geriatrics

November 2020

October 2020

August 2020

July 2020

    • Topic: Elders and COVID-19

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

  • Topic: Effective Strategies for Patient Engagement

October 2019

  • Topic: Screening for Dementia

September 2019

  • Topic: Diagnostic Criteria for Different Types of Dementia

August 2019

  • Topic: Adult Guardianship and Alternatives

July 2019

  • Topic: Ethical Dilemmas when Caring for Someone with Dementia

June 2019

  • Topic: Best Practices to Support Activities of Daily Living in Persons with Dementia

May 2019

  • Topic: Best Practices for the (De)prescribing of Medications Used to Treat Dementia

April 2019

  • Topic: Creating a Person-centered Care Plan for Persons with Dementia and Behavioral Expressions

March 2019

  • Topic: Diabetes Management: Transitioning from Home to Assisted Living

February 2019

  • Topic: Diabetes: Getting to Know Your Numbers and Community Resources

January 2019

  • Topic: Falls Prevention and Management Series: Part 2

December 2018

  • Topic: Falls Prevention and Management

November 2018

  • • No Clinic
    Topic: TBD

October 2018

  • Topic: Best Practices in Dementia Care Series #4: Competence versus Capacity

September 2018

  • Topic: Best Practices in Dementia Care Series #3: Dementia

August 2018

  • Topic: Best Practices in Dementia Care Series #2: Delirium

July 2018

  • Topic: Best Practices in Dementia Care Series #1: Polypharmacy

June 2018

May 2018

  • Topic: Sleep Disorders and Older Adults

April 2018

  • Presenter: Ayman Morish, MD
    Topic: Aspiration Pneumonia in Older Adults

March 2018

  • Guest speaker: Ed Haines, from Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Topic: Vision: What to look for, when to refer, and resources for those with low vision

    Low Vision Focus Resources

    Nevada Vision Resources

    Older adults with low vision often do not receive intervention specific to their visual diagnosis. Learn what you can do to improve the lives of patients with low vision, such as:

    • Explain the functional and emotional implications of vision loss
    • Identify a few components of the vision rehabilitation process that may be used for older adults in your practice
    • Discuss how to find resources and professionals that specialize in vision rehabilitation

February 2018

  • Guest speaker: Dr. Mohamed Elnaggar
    Topic: Approach to Dizziness in Older Adults

January 2018

  • Guest speaker: Dr. Umanga Sharma
    Topic: Preventive Health Care in Older Adults: What should we focus on?

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

  • Guest speaker: Sally Hardwick, MS
    Topic: Update on POLST: expansion to APRNs and PAs

    Sample Updated POLST Form

September 2017

  • Guest speaker: Kristine E. Galek, Ph.D.
    Topic: Swallowing Disorders and Older Adults

August 2017

  • Guest speaker: Megan H Swank, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
    Topic: Hearing and Technology

July 2017

  • Guest Speaker: Terry Henner, Head of Outreach Services at the Savitt Medical Library
    Topic: Elder Care Resources

June 2017

  • Guest Presenter: Traci Biondi, M.D.
    Topic: Marijuana and Palliative Care Medicine: Don’t Get Lost in the Weed

May 2017

April 2017

  • Guest presenter: Steven L. Phillips, M.D.
    Topic: Chronicity and Aging

March 2017

  • Guest speaker: Alia Tuqan - MD
    Topic: Palliative Care in Dementia

February 2017

  • Topic: Quality Payment Program

January 2017

  • Topic: Hearing Loss and Resources

December 2016

  • Topic: Simplifying Access to Community Services and Internet Resources for Senior Caregivers

November 2016

  • Topic: Advance Care Planning

October 2016

September 2016

  • Topic: Polypharmacy

August 2016

  • Topic: MACRA vs MIPS: the new funding structure for Medicare reimbursement

    MACRA vs MIPS handout

February 2016

  • Topic: Geriatric Impact: The Many Faces of Geriatric Delivery Services

January 2016

  • Topic: Chronic Care Management

  • Topic: Caregiver Support and Resources

December 2015

  • Topic: Depression: An Extremely Complex Disease

  • Topic: Dementia: To Know or Not to Know

November 2015

  • Topic: Geriatric Assessment and Screening Tools

  • Topic: Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

October 2015

  • Topic: Dementia Friendly Clinics