Introduction to our Programs
ECHO is an interactive online medical education program, connecting health care providers with an interprofessional specialist team to advance learning and enhance clinical skills.
ECHO launched in Ontario in 2014. There are more than 330 ECHO hubs in 37 countries, including USA, UK and Australia.
Starting with ECHO
- Register for an ECHO program
- Each Session includes:
- Didactic Lectures to share current best practices.
- Case discussions involving real, de-identified patients
How ECHO at UHN can Benefit You
check Gain best practice skills
check Access to a specialist interprofessional (hub) team
check Join a community of practice
check Earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits
check Receive real-time recommendations for patient cases presented
check Enhanced confidence and skills to deliver best practice care to patients
check No cost to participate
check Convenient, online learning (via zoom)
Presenting a patient case
ECHO offers access to a community of health care providers who support each other to provide best care for patients, without the wait time. All patient cases are anonymized.
“Rheumatology always seemed like this world of its own and I think it [ECHO] did demystify it more. And, for my practice, being able to identify what’s not chronic low back pain and what could be something inflammatory was empowering. Then, when appropriate to order some screening tests and not over-order. To me, that was a big helpful point.”
I would say that my chronic pain patients, I don’t have a huge number. They are my most challenging patients and I’ve got their faces in my brain. [M]y top three probably take more brain and mental energy than the next 500 most challenging people. […] I often felt quite helpless before ECHO. [My patients] had seen all the specialists and the specialists had sent them all back to me with not a lot of help. So with ECHO I feel like I’m getting the tools to better deal with them. And I feel that if I have a challenging case, I can present to this panel of experts [and] I get good answers. Or if I have a question about chronic pain, I can get it answered by an expert really easily. So, it’s like I’ve got back-up for my hardest, most challenging people.
“When [the recommendation sheet] came back, I did share that with my patient. And my patient found that very validating and very helpful that the case was discussed. And she actually took some piece that I had been struggling with her to actually follow through on. She actually did follow through on, like some of the physiotherapy and some of the actual social work piece, because it was actually coming from the experts from ECHO – which I thought was neat.”