Practicing Medically and Legally Safe Emergency Psychiatry (Project ECHO)

Cycle 1: Management of MHSU Patients in Emergency Situations (in Primary Care)

  • Session 1: Suicide Risk Assessment and Management – Jan 29, 2020 
  • Session 2: Managing Complexities of Alcohol Withdrawal – Feb 12, 2020
  • Session 3: Managing Responsive/Threatening Behaviours – Feb 26, 2020
  • Session 4: Practicing Medically and Legally Safe Emergency Psychiatry. Update on Mental Health Act Challenges – Mar 11, 2020

Accredited for up to 6.0 Mainpro+ / MOC Section 1 credits

What is Project ECHO?

ECHO stands for Extensions for Community Healthcare Outcomes. ECHO increases Primary Care Providers’ (PCP) skills and confidence in managing specific complex chronic conditions through case-based learning video-conferencing sessions.

When Primary Care Providers in remote, rural and under-served areas receive this support through ECHO, their patients gain from receiving best-practice care by their care providers close to home, avoiding long wait times and travel for specialty care.
The ECHO model has been applied to many chronic diseases, however all ECHOs follow four key principles:
  • Video-conferencing technology connects primary care providers with each other and with specialists.
  • Best practices are shared to reduce variation in care;
  • Knowledge is transferred through case–based learning to develop skills, confidence and specialty expertise among PCPs.
  • Outcomes of ECHO are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

To learn more about Project Echo, visit the Interior Health web page here

​Anatomy of an ECHO Session

  • 5-10 minute introduction by the physician facilitator
  • 15 minute didactic lecture by a specialist / subject matter expert
  • 60 – 75 minute case-based discussion with participants and experts (assessments, diagnosis, treatment recommendations) 

Target Audience: Primary care providers (FPs, NPs, remote nursing station/health centre, primary care RNs/LPNs, FNHA CHNs/HCNs), primary care teams and/or primary care networks delivering MHSU services

Note: MHSU Staff and Allied Health Staff are invited to participate as guests/observers along with a primary care practitioner or in a designated ECHO room (contact us for more info).
To register for any cycle, please go to the Registration page.