Project ECHO for Epilepsy and Neurology

Project ECHO

To improve patients’ care in their communities, we are making sure front line providers can connect with specialists for advice, best practices, and training.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

What is ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology?

The University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the Epilepsy Foundation are piloting Project ECHO® for epilepsy and neurology to help primary care clinicians and other health care professionals improve care for adults with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a telementoring program. It links primary care providers and epilepsy specialists in an interactive teleconference format to expand primary care providers’ access to epilepsy training and specialized care for their patients.

  • During an ECHO session, primary care providers can ask epilepsy specialists questions about the treatment and management of their patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders. They can also learn more about best practices.
  • The ECHO sessions provide a short, didactic presentation, case-based discussions, and abundant Q&A to optimize the learning experience.
  • Half of the pilot phase ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology sessions will focus on care of people with epilepsy. The other sessions will address migraine, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology will ensure that more people with epilepsy in and around Ohio get the specialty care that they need.

Next Session

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

Primary Care Approach to Stroke Diagnosis & Treatment presented by Dr. Elisheva Coleman

Visit to learn more and sign up!

Who can participate?

ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology sessions, held on the first Thursday from January to June 2019, are aimed at primary care providers including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, but anyone who cares for adults with epilepsy and neurological conditions may attend.

While the pilot is focused on health care providers in Ohio and surrounding areas, providers from other states may join.

Past Sessions

  • December 6: Primary Care Approach to Treatment of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders presented by Dr. Andrew Duker
  • January 3: Marijuana for Epilepsy & Other Neurological Indications presented by Dr. Geralyn Waters
  • February 7: Mood Disorders & Anxiety in Epilepsy, including Self-Management, presented by Dr. Jeffrey Strawn
  • March 7: Primary Care Approach to Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementias presented by Dr. Russell Sawyer
  • April 4: Women & Epilepsy: Considerations for Pregnancy presented by Dr. Jennifer Cavitt
  • May 2: Primary Care Approach to Treatment of Acute & Chronic Low Back Pain presented by Dr. Lester Duplechan

Download the Program Flyer

How does it work?

  • Register here for all or some of the sessions.
  • Feel free to send in a challenging case or question to the project team.
  • Prior to the scheduled session, you will receive a meeting invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting. Simply click on the link to connect to the session.
  • Complete post questions to earn 1 CME credit per session and help evaluate the usefulness of the program.

How much does it cost?

The ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology is free of charge to participants!

The program is being piloted under the National Epilepsy Education and Awareness Collaborative (NEEAC) and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Technical assistance is being provided by the Project ECHO team at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Cincinnati ECHO team.

Echo Epilepsy/Neurology Key Contacts

The following key contacts are from Cincinnati ECHO,

  • Michael Privitera MD, Epilepsy/Neurology Facilitator
  • Susan McDonald MA, Program Manager
  • Sarah Brubaker BA, Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Questions & Comments

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Authored by: Judy Gretsch on 5/2019
Reviewed by: Patty Osborne Shafer RN, MN | Associate Editor and Senior Director on 5/2019

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The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

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