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How does ECHO work?

Project ECHO (Extensions for Community Health Outcomes) uses a “learning by doing model” through free video conferences. Each session lasts one hour and includes a short presentation on a specific clinical topic followed by the presentation of a de-identified patient case. Patient case presenters receive treatment suggestions from the entire community of practice and a written summary from the ECHO specialist team. Clinicians who regularly attend ECHO report an increase in confidence and skills and become a resource in their community for others.

To learn more about ECHO Idaho, visit our program-specific pages.

Who can become a participant?

Any clinician who wants to improve specific specialty skills can participate (individually or as a team.)

If interested, please register for sessions on the Registration page.

When do the ECHO sessions take place?

Visit the Schedule page for a list of upcoming sessions.

How much does it cost?

Participation in ECHO Idaho is free for clinicians and organizations.

What do participants do?

  • Present patient cases and participate in case discussion
  • Participate in didactic presentations
  • Complete the post-session questionnaire

How do I connect to a session?

You can connect with Zoom and an internet connection. You can also connect with audio by using a toll-free teleconference number we provide.

Register for the sessions to receive connection information via email.

What equipment do I need?

  • A computer with a webcam and microphone or mobile device
  • A stable internet or phone connection
  • Ability to connect to Zoom

If you require additional information or support, please contact us at echoidaho@uidaho.edu or 208-364-4569.

What are the benefits?

  • Professional Development: Participants gain new skills and competencies for managing patients.
  • Creating Community: Clinician teams can increase professional satisfaction and decrease isolation, thus creating a sense of community.
  • Increased Patient Satisfaction: Patients can continue to work with their trusted clinician instead of traveling long distances to be seen by a specialist.
  • Improved Quality of Care: Healthcare professionals who participate in ECHO increase their knowledge and self-efficacy.
  • No-Cost CME: Participation in ECHO Idaho is eligible for free continuing medical education credits for approved activities. 

Physicians

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Physician Assistants

For the purpose of re-licensure, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). To be considered continuing education, the session(s) are required to be germane to your practice. Final acceptance of the credit for recertification resides with your state board. 

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

For the purpose of re-licensure, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). To be considered continuing education, the session(s) are required to be germane to your practice. Final acceptance of the credit for recertification resides with your state board.

Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists

For the purpose of re-licensure, the Idaho Board of Licensure recognize the University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program as an approved provider of continuing education. To be considered continuing education, the session(s) are required to be germane to your practice. Final acceptance of the credit for recertification resides with your state board. 

Social Workers

For the purpose of re-licensure, the Idaho Board of Licensure recognize the University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program as a provider of continuing education. All continuing education hours must be germane to the profession of social work at the individual’s particular level of social work licensure and the presenter’s level of education must be at the licensee’s level or above (Idaho State Board of Social Work Examiners 24.14.01 Rule 351-03b). Final acceptance of the credit for recertification resides with your state board.

Participants from states outside of Idaho are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please check with your state certification and licensure boards for specific considerations regarding claiming continuing education for participation in ECHO Idaho programs.


ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and WWAMI.

Rural Providers Get Connected through ECHO Idaho

Contact Project ECHO

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu