Project ECHO: Navigating Transition for Youth with Medical Complexity to Adult Care 

ECHO Minnesota LogoWith a grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation, the MMA and the MMA Foundation are hosting a series of noon-time online sessions intended to develop a sustainable and collaborative knowledge-sharing community to improve the transition from pediatric to adult care for youth with medical complexity. Thanks to clinical and technological advances, many children with medical complexity now live into adulthood. Yet they face numerous practical hurdles in moving from pediatric care to adult providers. The project aims to improve the competence and confidence of Minnesota adult primary care clinicians to manage youth with complex conditions, thereby increasing the capacity and number of such clinicians willing to accept new patients. 

The power of the ECHO hub-and-spoke model is in its capacity to leverage technology (Zoom-like sessions) to expand expertise and knowledge without regard to geography or practice type. As described by Project ECHO, “during an ECHO session, participants [the spokes] present real (anonymized) cases to the specialists [the Hub]—and each other—for discussion and recommendations. Participants learn from one another, as knowledge is tested and refined through a local lens.” 

Tori Bahr, MD, associate medical director of pediatrics at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, will serve as the project medical advisor.  

We want to help  you with your active case transition concerns. Submit your case study here to be potentially presented at a future ECHO session. Thank you. 

 

Upcoming sessions (topics to be determined):

August 15 
  • Topic: "It Takes a Village: Developing a healthcare team for the medically complex adult, lessons from a transition clinic"
  • Presenter: Tori Bahr, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Complex Care Clinic at Gillette Children's
August 29 

September 12 
  • Topic: "Childhood Cancer Survivorship"
  • Presenter: Wendy Allen-Rhoades, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic
October 3 

November 7 
  • Topic: "Adult Dental Care of the Medically Complex"
  • Presenters: Kathryn Anderson, DDS, and Elizabeth Foulkes, DDS, at Apple Tree Dental
November 21 
  • Topic: "Cervical Stenosis"
  • Presenters: Jill Gettings, MD, and Linda Krauch, MD, at Gillette Children's
December 5 

December 19 

January 16 

January 30 
  • Topic: "Guardianship Process"
  • Presenter: Becky Nelson, LICSW, at Gillette Children's
February 13 


About Project ECHO  

Founded in 2003, Project ECHO is a global nonprofit that empowers practitioners and professionals in rural and underserved areas to reduce disparities and improve the well-being of people in the communities where they live. ECHO’s free, virtual mentoring model addresses some of the world’s greatest challenges in health care, education and more, with a mission to touch 1 billion lives by 2025.
 

Accreditation and Credit Statements


The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Minnesota Medical Association designates each internet live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A CME certificate of completion is emailed upon attending the activity and completing the evaluation. If you have questions about this process please email cme@mnmed.org.


Disclosures

The members of the faculty and planning committee for these activites have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of the CME activity.