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Project ECHO


The Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) offers an exciting new "telementoring" program for NYS providers of STD clinical care. Using the ECHO™ model, CEI STD ECHO Sessions will provide you with a regular opportunity to discuss cases from your practice with experts in STD prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Each session will also feature a short didactic presentation on a topic of interest to you. The result? You’ll be more educated and more confident in dealing with a wide variety of clinical situations, and will become more connected to other clinicians who provide STD care.

How does it work? Through monthly teleconferences, ECHO links expert specialist teams at an academic "hub" with clinicians in local practice settings, known as “spokes� in the model. Together, they develop a learning community where the spokes receive mentoring and feedback from specialists. Spokes are encouraged to send in real cases (de-identified) for discussion. Although the ECHO model makes use of video conferencing technology, it is different from telemedicine. Watch this short YouTube video for an overview of the model.

The CEI STD Center of Excellence will staff the ECHO Hub with experts in STD care, including Marguerite Urban, MD and Maureen Scahill, MS NP. The CEI Resource Center will help spokes get started with Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing tool.

How to Participate

All NYS providers of STD care (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers) are welcome to participate, and teams of clinicians who work together at a single site are encouraged. Space initially will be limited to promote a high level of interaction among participants. There is no cost to participate.

CEI STD ECHO sessions will be scheduled from 12pm to 1pm, on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Please see the schedule below.

Interested? Please let us know by completing one of the links below:

  • If you already have a MyCEI account, please click here to register.
  • If you do not have a MyCEI account, please click here to complete the "Sign up for a new MyCEI account" form. You just need to register once.

Once you have created your account you will be able to register for this course. We're excited to be working with all of you in this new way!

2018 Schedule