Project ECHO Ontario Rheumatology
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.