Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological condition and affects more than 65 million people worldwide. The rate of new cases of epilepsy gradually declines after age 10 but starts to increase after age 55. Factors such as race, age and health conditions increase the risk of developing epilepsy and seizures. Community clinicians often struggle with caring for people with epilepsy due to the complexities of treatment and the psychiatric conditions that can accompany this disorder. However, early diagnosis and treatment often results in improved outcomes with fewer complications. Epilepsy Foundation, 2015 The Seizures and Spells TeleECHO Clinic (Previously known as the Epilepsy TeleECHO Clinic) expanded from a successful pilot specific only to children (Child/Youth Epilepsy ECHO). Beginning July 2, 2015, the teleECHO clinic will be facilitated by faculty from the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the University of New Mexico*. The teleECHOclinic will offer rich didactics, evidence-based educational resources, and in-depth, case-based presentations by community clinicians for feedback and recommendations. By learning from expert consultation and from each other, clinicians form a comprehensive knowledge network and community of practice. This environment of group learning, using best practice protocols, reduces variation in care and may improve outcomes for patients living with epilepsy.  The UNM Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is a member of the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

Why a Seizures and Spells TeleECHO Clinic?

  • Epilepsy and seizures affect nearly 3 million Americans of all ages, at an estimated annual $15.5 billion in direct and indirect costs
  • Seizures and epilepsy are more common in older people and young children and can develop in any person at any age
  • Better access to specialty care and comprehensive systems of care to improve early detection and treatment

Clinic Times

Tuesdays, noon – 1:30 pm MT

Resources

Case Presentation Form Brochure Seizures and Epilepsy in Children How to Support a Child with Epilepsy: Information for Parents Epilepsy in Children:  Diagnosis and Treatment Epilepsy Foundation of America National Association of Epilepsy Centers American Epilepsy Society American Academy of Pediatrics

Staff

 
Ken Imerman

Ken Imerman, MD

Medical Director, Seizures and Spells TeleECHO Clinic UNM Department of Neurology kimerman@salud.unm.edu
Mona Chaney

Mona Chaney, RN

Epilepsy Clinic Coordinator, Epilepsy Nurse UNM Department of Neurology mchaney@salud.unm.edu
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Mikiko Yamada, MS, PharmD, Ph.C

Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy UNM College of Pharmacy myamada@salud.unm.edu
 Cynthia Olivas

 Cynthia Romero Olivas, MSN, RN

Nurse Manager Project ECHO
Glen Fenton

Glen Fenton, MD

Pediatric Epileptologist, Guest Facilitator UNM Department of Neurology gfenton@salud.unm.edu
 Whipple Sue Whipple TeleECHO Clinic Coordinator seizureecho@salud.unm.edu