ECHO stands for Extensions for Community Healthcare Outcomes.
The ECHO model™ links specialist/ resource team (Hub) with primary care community-based partners (Spokes) to form the Hub and Spokesmodel. It uses a combination of live online sessions and in-person skills training to build health care capacity. The online sessions are live 2 hours weekly and include a short educational lecture, followed by case-based learning from the participants’ own patients.
The resource team (Hub) puts together the content of the ECHO educational lectures. Participants present de-identified cases of their own patients during the live online sessions. Participants also contribute to case discussions and evaluation surveys. They also receive continuing education/ continuous professional development credits (CE/ CPD).
Through the ECHO model™, community providers and specialists learn from each other, acquire knowledge, skills, increase competency and build a strong community of practice. Participants become part of a supportive community of practice and an inter-professional team.
What Is It?
- FREE case-based learning on: wound bed preparation, pressure injuries (ulcers), diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, interprofessional team building and other topics
- No cost mentorship on skin and wound care best practices
- Access to physicians, nurses and allied health providers who will offer you guidance on your patients with complex skin and wound care needs.
Who Should Join?
- Health care providers based in Ontario who have an interest in skin and wound care, including nurses, physicians, and allied health providers.
Benefits for Participants
- Enhanced care for patients with skin and wound care issues
- Certificate of Attendance, if a regular participant
- Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits awarded by Queen’s University
- Being part of an interprofessional community of practice
- Weekly 2-hour sessions: 15-minute didactic lecture, based on International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) curriculum, followed by a discussion of real clinical cases submitted by participants
- Topics discussed: diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, pressure injuries, wound bed prep, infection, malignant, post-surgical wounds, traumatic injuries, peristomal, lymphedema, acute infection and other wound and skin care issues
- Hands-on learning at semi-annual boot camp sessions held across Ontario
Interested? Here’s What You’ll Need
- Internet connection and webcam-enabled device like a laptop or smartphone
- Minimum two hours per week of committed time
- Willingness to present your patient cases for group discussion
To Express Interest in Joining
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