Learn best practices for treating patients with chronic pain or opioid use disorder, connect with peers from around the state to discuss what really works, and get feedback on difficult patient cases from a panel of specialists.
- Primary Care Providers (MD, DO, PA, NP, RN, etc.)
- Second and fourth Thursday of the month from 12:15-1:15 p.m. MT.
- Participants who attend all sessions in a module and present a patient case will receive a certificate of completion.
- Each ECHO session participants can earn free Continuing Professional Development credit.
- Participants in past sessions can fill out the CME Survey to receive their credit.
- Please complete the form to sign up.
What People are Saying
Education for opioid use disorder treatment
Magni Hamso, MD, ECHO Idaho Opioid Program Participant
Magni Hamso, MD, MPH describes Project ECHO Idaho as a ripple effect of positive outcomes.
“The idea is that you educate a provider and then they can have an enormous impact because you’re helping many, many patients,” she said. “Project ECHO is very different from telehealth or telemedicine where you’re actually seeing a patient through the screen. That’s still provider to patient. Here, you have a ripple effect. You build up the capacity of that provider to help multiple patients.”
Hamso is a general internist with Terry Reilly Health Services in Boise, Idaho, and has been an active member of Project ECHO led by other states, most recently in Idaho’s growing program at the University of Idaho.
ECHO includes a panel of specialists on a given topic that host a didactic session and patient case study discussion with program participants across Idaho. The need for resources on opioid use disorder treatment has been growing tremendously, which prompted the program’s conception.
From 2013-2017, 59.8 percent of Idaho resident drug-overdose deaths involved opioids, which amounted to 493 deaths, according to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
“Probably about a third to half of my time is spent taking care of patients struggling with opioid use disorder and it’s definitely not always perfectly straightforward, and I think having a group of experts where you can go back to every couple weeks and present your own cases or hear cases that your colleagues throughout the state are seeing [will] really make a difference in your community,” she said.
ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and WWAMI. ECHO Idaho’s Opioid Addiction and Treatment program is also supported by an Opioid Resource Grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation and by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U77HP03022, for the WWAMI Area Health Education (WWAMI AHEC) Program Office and its five regional Centers in the total amount of $639,012 for the 2018-19 fiscal year (with a 1:1 total match of $639,012 from non-federally funded governmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.