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Project ECHO’s Story

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Launched in 2003, Project ECHO grew out of one doctor’s vision. Sanjeev Arora, M.D., a social innovator and liver disease specialist at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, was frustrated that he could serve only a fraction of the hepatitis C patients in the state. He wanted to serve as many patients with hepatitis C as possible, so he created a free, educational model and mentored community providers across New Mexico in how to treat the condition.

A New England Journal of Medicine study found that hepatitis C care provided by Project ECHO trained community providers was as good as care provided by specialists at a university. The ECHO model is not traditional “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but is instead telementoring, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.

NEW! UPHCS Project ECHO Series

Easing Apprehension Surrounding MAT in Primary Care

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Primary care clinical teams are cordially invited to participate in Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions Easing Apprehension Surrounding MAT in Primary Care ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program.  


What is ECHO? 
ECHO is a tele-mentoring program that uses videoconferencing technology to combine brief didactic presentations with interactive and practical case presentations from participants. Each session will consist of a 15 minute didactic presentation and 45 minutes of case-based learning, including peer Q & A.

  • Increase knowledge and comfort with diagnosing and treating Opioid and Substance Use Disorders.
  • An opportunity to present your challenging cases and receive recommendations from a multidisciplinary team of specialists and peers.
  • Free CME’s & CEUs will be available.
  • Access to all references and resources. 

Who should attend?
Primary care clinical teams (team may include MD, DO, NP, PA, RN, LPN) are invited to participate. Attendees will be asked to submit cases for collaborative review prior to the session. For a flyer to share with potential attendees, click here.

When are the ECHO Sessions?

Sessions for this cohort will occur from 12:00-1:00 pm EST. Instruction will be led by Subject Matter Experts from the Michigan Opioid Collaborative and T. Michael Kates DO, FABFM, FABPM.

This seven session ECHO Program will cover the following topics:        

10/05/22 – Diagnosis of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

10/19/22  – Harm Reduction

11/02/22 –  Buprenorphine Initiation

11/16/22  –  Office Based Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

12/14/22 –   Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders

01/11/23 –   Perinatal Care and Support

01/25/23 –  Pain Management

Registration Link:

Please contact Kristie Hechtman via email here, or by calling (906) 225-7166 if you have any questions about this ECHO program.