Project ECHO

The Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center provides training to local and global learners on Infectious Diseases and other related topics using the All-Teach All-Learn model, which was developed by Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico.  The ECHO Model is a simple, powerful scalable system that has proven to be remarkably effective at rapidly scaling the capacity to treat complex health conditions in underserved communities by connecting providers (learners) with scarce subject matter experts (SMEs). UNMC and other nationally and globally recognized experts meet with learners in regular (most often weekly or bi-weekly) one-hour or 90-minute ECHO sessions that provide a safe environment for exchanging knowledge via videoconferencing. These sessions include a short 15-minute clinical didactic session, with the majority of time spent on collaborative discussions of difficult cases the learners are dealing with and exchanges of emerging best practices.