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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yamada-mikiko

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