What are the IT requirements and set up?

You will need:

  • A computer with a webcam, microphone and a stable internet connection OR
  • A phone with internet or data and a camera to join the session

Contact Epilepsy@EchoOntario.ca if you have any questions or require additional support. For example if you would like to do a test run prior to your first session.

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Who makes up the interprofessional hub teams?

The hub team members are composed of professionals involved in the treatment of the disease area, who provide different perspectives in caring for a patient. Members can include

  • Specialist Doctors
  • Nurse Practitioners / Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Dietitians
  • Community Partners / Educators
  • Pharmacists
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How do I get my CME credits?

During the roll-call ECHO staff record your attendance each week. At the end of each cycle, ECHO staff collates your attendance. You will receive a certificate with your total CME credits by email. This way, you do not need to keep track- we do this for you.

Notes:

  • We do not submit your credits to any college board.
  • You can only receive credits if you are a registered ECHO participant
  • The program has been accredited for 1 MainPro+ credit per hour (e.g. for a 1.5 hour session, you will receive 1.5 MainPro + credits)
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Do I have to attend every week?

No, there are no attendance requirements however you are invited to attend as many sessions as you can as the curriculum builds upon itself.

 

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How do I submit a patient case?

To submit a patient case:

  • Fill out the Case Presentation Form located under the OEN→ Forms tab
  • Send it to Epilepsy@EchoOntario.ca

Note: Patient cases must not include any patient identifying information

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Why should I present a patient case?

Benefits to presenting a patient case include:

  • Receive support and specialist feedback for your patient cases
  • Increase satisfaction with ECHO
  • A copy of all the recommendations discussed will be sent to you via email after the session
  • The purpose of the patient cases is to collectively learn and support each other
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What is the ECHO Online Etiquette?

During the session:

  • Mute your microphone at all times except when speaking
  • Keep your camera on and pointed at you or your team. Seeing each other helps to build the ECHO community
  • Do not share your screen
  • This is a safe learning environment. We encourage non-judgement of other participants
  • Feel free to eat your lunch

 

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How do I participate in an ECHO session?

ECHO sessions are interactive. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, participate in group discussions, and to present patient cases

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What is the format of an ECHO session?

Each session includes:

  • Announcements and roll-call
    • The purpose of this is to collect attendance for issuing CME/CPD credits
  • Didactic lecture presentation
    • Given by either a member of the inter-professional hub team or an expert guest speaker
    • A list of the weekly topics can be found under curriculum
  • A patent case presented by a participating health care provider
    • The case presenter summarizes the patient case
    • Participants are invited to ask the case presenter clarifying questions
    • Case recommendations are provided by the specialist team and session participants
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How do I connect to the weekly sessions?

You will receive an email before the session which contains:

  • The agenda
  • A link to connect to the session. The link changes every week.
  • Materials for the session

The emails will be sent from Epilepsy@EchoOntario.ca. Please ensure this email is not blocked from your site.

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Can my co-workers or students attend an ECHO session?

Yes, everyone is welcome.
Note: Only registered participants will receive CME/CPD credits.

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Who can attend ECHO?

Any health-care provider (HCP) in Ontario.

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What is the cost to register for ECHO?

There is no registration cost for attending an ECHO session.

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Where are the sessions?

Sessions are online via videoconferencing not in person.

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What is ECHO?

ECHO stands for Extensions for Community Healthcare Outcomes.

ECHO connects Health care providers with an inter-professional specialist team through weekly videoconferencing sessions. The sessions include didactic lectures and interactive discussion of de-identified patient cases. Health Care Providers who attend ECHO gain enhanced skills and confidence in managing complex chronic conditions safely and effectively.

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