ECHO MS increases the capacity of neurologists and other healthcare providers to diagnose and manage individuals with multiple sclerosis. This CME program follows Project ECHO’s evidence-based tele-mentoring model and establishes a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing network. Each ECHO MS session features a brief didactic and two case discussions. The goal of ECHO MS is to improve overall health outcomes for individuals with MS.
ECHO MS: Care Essentials (adult neurology)
ECHO MS: Care Essentials provides 12 CMEs and is a dynamic professional learning community for neurologists and other healthcare providers. The next cohort begins in September and ends in March. The 60 minute virtual sessions take place twice a month and meet during the lunch hour. A Hub Team of experts review relevant MS information and participants present cases for discussion. The result is a high-yield learning experience that promotes collaboration between academic MS centers and general neurology providers.
Hub Sites, Hub Directors & Schedule:
- Eastern Hub – Suma Shah, MD - Duke University Medical Center MS Center
- 2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET | Sept. 26, 2023 – Mar. 26, 2024 (12 CME)
- Central Hub – Salim Chahin, MD, MSCE - The John L. Trotter MS Center at the Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine
- 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 12:00 – 1:00 PM CT | Sept. 27, 2023 – Mar. 27, 2024 (12 CME)
- Mountain Hub – Enrique Alvarez, MD, PhD - Rocky Mountain MS Center at the University of Colorado
- 1st & 3rd Thursdays | 12:00 – 1:00 PM MT | Sept. 21, 2023 – Mar. 7, 2024 (12 CME)
- Pacific Hub – Annette Wundes, MD & Gloria von Geldern - University of Washington Medicine MS Center
- 1st & 3rd Tuesdays | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT | Sept. 19, 2023 – Mar. 19, 2024 (12 CME)
- Project ECHO Introduction and National MS Society Resources
- How to Diagnose MS
- MRI in Diagnosis and Monitoring
- Diagnostic Clinical Red Flags
- Recognizing and Managing an MS Relapse
- MS Disease Modifying Therapies
- Role of Early High-Efficacy MS Treatment
- Choosing MS Disease Modifying Treatment
- Mobility and Bone Health
- Mood and Cognition
- Pain, Fatigue and Sleep
- Neurogenic Bladder/Bowel and Sexual Dysfunction
ECHO MS: Learning Network
ECHO MS: Learning Network is an ongoing, bi-monthly professional learning community for general neurologists and other MS healthcare providers. It is encouraged for individuals to complete ECHO MS: Care Essentials prior to entering the Learning Network. These 60 minute virtual sessions are 1 CME each. Multiple sclerosis experts present didactics and participants have the option to present cases for discussion. The result is a high-yield learning experience that promotes collaboration between academic MS centers and general neurology providers.
The Learning Network starts October 2023:
Friday, October 27, 2023, 12-1 p.m. ET
Differential Diagnosis of MS: Key Considerations from Updated International Expert Consensus Recommendations
- Scott Newsome, DO, MSCS, FAAN, FANA
Professor of Neurology, Director of Stiff Person Syndrome Center, Neurosciences Consultation and Infusion Center at Green Spring Station, & Johns Hopkins Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections Disease Fellowship
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Andrew Solomon, MD
Professor of Neurological Sciences, Division Chief, Multiple Sclerosis
University Health Center, Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont
Additional session dates and topics TBD and will be updated once finalized.
- 84% say participating in ECHO MS has increased their ability to diagnose MS in a timely manner
- 98% say participating in ECHO MS has increased their knowledge of and about patient resources
- 100% of ECHO MS participants indicated at least one change they will make in their diagnosis and/or treatment of people with MS
- 100% of ECHO MS participants indicated they would recommend ECHO MS to their colleagues
Read our published report here
on how we used the Project ECHO model to rapidly share knowledge between MS providers during COVID-19.
The Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) movement engages healthcare professionals in 40 countries through over 900 programs worldwide. Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities.
Learn more about the format and flow of ECHO on the Project ECHO | The University of New Mexico website, or watch the animated introduction video below.
Continuing Medical Education Units are accredited by the Consortium of MS Centers.
Maggie Brown, DPT
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Manager, Program Administration, ECHO MS