Project ECHO Ontario Rheumatology at UHN




ECHO Ontario Rheumatology connects primary care providers from across Ontario with each other and with two inter-professional  specialist teams during weekly videoconferencing sessions.  The 2 hour  weekly videoconferencing sessions include a 20 minutes didactic  presentation followed by  3 patient case presentations (de-identified) by participants.  The sessions are CME accredited for physicians and may provide continuing professional development hours for other health care professionals.

Knowledge transfer at ECHO is achieved by a case-based learning model. Each week, 1-3 cases are presented by ECHO  participants. Questions and suggestions are then provided by all participating PCPs and the inter-professional specialist team. All participants gain knowledge from listening to these cases and discussions, creating a growing network of PCPs skilled in managing rheumatology. Case presenters are  provided with a list of recommendations generated from discussions during the session that they can implement immediately with their patients.  

Any primary care provider (PCP) who wants to improve their rheumatology management skills can participate either individually or as a team. Physicians, Nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants or other health professionals can join.

Once participants feel confident and skilled in patient management, they may become resources in their community for other primary care providers.

Participants in ECHO Ontario Rheumatology will receive free Continuing Professional Development credits. You will have access to expert support both during ECHO sessions and after hours if urgent situations arise.

If a highly complex case arises that requires specialist attention urgently, the Hub will facilitate a fast track referral to an appropriate specialist.

Other Benefits:
  • Gain knowledge through weekly presentations on topics related to rheumatoid arthritis
  • Interact with PCPs from across the province to create a supportive network
  • Opportunity to attend a 2 day skills based workshop session (ECHO Boot Camp)
ECHO is classified as educational and not a clinical consultation. There is no patient relationship made between the ECHO hub members and the cases presented in the ECHO sessions. 

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