Project ECHO

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a forum for delivering high-quality specialty care to underserved communities. Through monthly Zoom sessions on a variety of specialty care topics, physicians and other care team members connect for didactic presentations and case discussions.

Participants gain insight into specialty care treatment options and increase their capacity to deliver high-quality specialty care. Session participants also receive free Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Join a growing network of physicians sharing expertise and information that supports better patient outcomes in underserved communities. 

Choose a topic of interest to register for one or more monthly sessions:

ECHO Hub Team:

Schedule: Fourth Wednesday of each month 12:00 – 1:00pm

Overview and Learning Objectives: The Clinical Research ECHO will focus on all types of clinical research including investigator-initiated projects. Participants will:

  • Develop clinical research skills
  • Connect with experienced clinical investigators and research professionals
  • Network with Northern New England’s growing community of researchers so that we can learn from each other

Sample Curriculum Topics:

  • When does your quality project become research?
  • Observational study design 101
  • Understanding the IRB review process
  • Effective dissemination of research results

Registration:  The Clinical Research ECHO is for all investigators in the New England area: new clinician investigators, experienced investigators, and research professionals and support staff.

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ECHO Hub Team:

Schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30-8:30 am 

Overview: Endo ECHO sessions provide primary care physicians and other clinicians with the opportunity to learn about and discuss a broad range of disorders in the fields of endocrinology and diabetes. Participants will discuss nuanced solutions to commonly-encountered problems, such as methods for choosing the appropriate osteoporosis therapy or methods for using new diabetes drugs and technology in the primary care environment. Complex patient cases will be presented at each session for in-depth discussion by the group. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn new information about treating/managing diabetes and endocrine conditions.
  • Participants will learn about criteria for referring or not referring patients with diabetes and endocrine conditions.
  • Participants will learn about treatment and management of diabetes and endocrine conditions through actual case examples.

Sample Curriculum Topics:

  • Choosing medications for type 2 diabetes
  • Therapy of type 1 diabetes, including diabetes technologies
  • Thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer
  • Evaluating hypercalcemia
  • Osteoporosis-diagnosis and treatment

Registration:  All medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, and dietitians, are welcome to attend the Endocrinology ECHO series.  We also welcome medical students and other learners as well as registrants from across the United States.

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ECHO Hub Team:

Schedule: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:30 - 8:30 am 

Target Audience: Healthcare providers (physicians, APPs, nurses, social workers, and others) interested in learning about dementia. 

Overview: The primary aim of the 2024-2025 Geriatrics Project ECHO series is to enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and support patients living with dementia.

By connecting clinicians who work with individuals affected by dementia, we aim to address the multifaceted challenges of dementia care. Our goal is to improve community-based dementia management by emphasizing evidence-based practices and addressing critical areas such as cognitive decline, depression, and functional impairment. This collaborative effort will not only involve healthcare providers but also integrate community-based organizations, considering social determinants and caregiver support essential for effective dementia care and aging in place.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of dementia in the context of aging and multiple co-morbidities
  • Integrate the 4Ms of age-friendly healthcare into dementia care practices
  • Recognize and utilize health system and community resources to support healthy aging and dementia management

Planned Curriculum Topics:

  • Prevention of Dementia
  • Diagnosing Dementia and MCI
  • Different Types of Dementia   
  • Treatment of Dementia
  • Non-Pharmacologic approach to Dementia
  • Sleep in Dementia 
  • Agitation and Psychosis       
  • Caring for the Caregiver & Community Resources       
  • Safety Considerations

Registration:  All medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, and social workers, are welcome to attend the Geriatrics ECHO series.  We also welcome medical students and other learners as well as registrants from across Maine and Carroll County, NH.

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ECHO Hub Team:

Schedule: 3rd Thursday of each month, 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Overview: Hepatitis/HIV ECHO sessions provide education, support, and recommendations to clinicians caring for people with Hepatitis/HIV. Our goal is to share best practices for hepatitis/HIV care in areas where virology specialists may not be available - enabling primary care providers to care for their patients close to home. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to manage their patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C or HIV
  • Participants will learn about treatment options and guidelines through actual case examples.
  • Participants will learn best practices and up-to-date information regarding Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS

Sample Curriculum Topics:

  • Chronic hepatitis C-the basics
  • Managing injection drug use in the primary care office
  • Acute viral hepatitis
  • Nutrition and liver disease
  • Chronic hepatitis C – when to refer to a specialist

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ECHO Hub Team:

Schedule: First Tuesday of each month 7:30-8:30am

Overview: The goal of the Adult Neurology ECHO series is to increase primary care providers’ confidence with diagnosis, evaluation and management of commonly seen neurologic disorders. Each session will focus on a different neurologic complaint and provide an opportunity for providers to discuss their own patient cases to garner input from experts in the field.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify organic neurologic disease through neurologic exam and basic accessible testing
  • Manage common outpatient neurologic problems with confidence
  • Understand basics of chronic or complex neurologic problems or their management that primary care providers may encounter with their patients
  • Identify when neurologic consultation is required

Sample Curriculum Topics:

  • Migraines
  • Visual Disturbances
  • Approach to Dizziness
  • Management of First Time Seizure
  • Tics and Tremors

Registration:  All medical professionals are welcome to attend the Neurology ECHO series.  We also welcome medical students and other learners as well as registrants from across the United States.

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ECHO Hub Team:

Schedule: 1st Thursday of each month, 7:30 - 8:30 am 

Overview: The goal of the Palliative Care Project ECHO is to increase access to palliative care knowledge and skills in under-served areas throughout the MaineHealth service area. By exposing primary and specialty care providers to this new sub-specialty, it is hoped that patients and families living with serious illness will achieve the best possible quality of life, consistent with their self-reported goals. An overarching goal is to foster the development of a regional palliative care learning community through:

  • Formation of collaborative relationships
  • Exploration of interdisciplinary richness
  • Sharing of evidence-based and best practices

This new field of practice focuses on living well, in spite of serious and life-limiting illness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn new information about Palliative Care
  • Participants will learn palliative care strategies to support patients
  • Participants will gain confidence in identifying and meeting the palliative care needs of patients and their families

Sample Curriculum Topics:

  • Sexuality and Intimacy in Serious Illness
  • Buprenorphine Use Best Practices
  • Suicidality in Serious Illness Patients and Families
  • Advanced Cardiac Therapies at End of Life
  • Providing Palliative Care to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Registration:  All medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, and social workers, are welcome to attend the Palliative Care ECHO series.  We also welcome medical students and other learners as well as registrants from across Maine and Carroll County, NH.

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ECHO Hub Team:

  • Clinical Leader: Kristen Silvia, MD
  • ECHO Facilitator: Victoria Hynes, LCSW, Director of SUD System Services, IMATECHO@mainehealth.org

Schedule: 4th Thursday of each month 12:00-1:00pm

Overview: Through didactic and case-based learning, IMAT ECHO sessions focus on the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic evidence-based treatment of patients with opioid use disorder. It is open to MaineHealth system hospitals and affiliates interested in, or already, providing IMAT in our "hub-and-spoke" system. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn behavioral strategies for working with patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
  • Participants will enhance their understanding of using medications (buprenorphine and naltrexone) to treat OUD.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of MaineHealth's hub and spoke approach to providing a continuum of care for patients with OUD. 
     

Sample Curriculum Topics: 

  • Buprenorphine formulations
  • Care of the pregnant patient
  • Marijuana and MAT
  • Health screening and vaccination recommendations
  • Addressing stigma in the care of people with SUDs

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ECHO Hub Team:

  • Clinical Leader: Brock Libby, MD
  • ECHO Facilitator: Toni Eimicke, NP, TGC@mmc.org

Schedule: Third Thursday of each month 8 am - 9 am | September 2023 – May 2024

Overview: The Foundations in Transgender Healthcare ECHO, will provide up-to-date clinical information to increase clinical preparedness, improve attitudes, and augment the knowledge of health care providers and team members who work with this population, in any setting. This ECHO series will be comprised of six sessions, each with a different focus.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will report an increase in their clinical preparedness for working with TGNC patients
  • Participants will learn how to respectfully communicate with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming patients in a healthcare setting
  • Participants will understand and utilize data collection for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI tool)
  • Participants will understand the healthcare disparities that exist for transgender patients

Sample Curriculum Topics:

  • SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) in healthcare settings
  • Mental Health
  • Medical Care
  • Sexual Health
  • Surgery
  • Healthcare Advocacy

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Contact Us

Kelly Barnes
Program Manager | Project ECHO
Email: ProjectECHO@mainehealth.org