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Don't Miss: CEI ECHO


The NYSDOH AIDS Institute Clinical Education Initiative (CEI)
is offering an exciting new "telementoring" program for providers of STD clinical care.

Using the ECHO model, CEI's STD ECHO sessions will provide a regular opportunity to discuss cases from your clinical practice with experts in STD prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Each session will also feature a short didactic presentation on a topic of interest to participants. The result? Care providers will build the knowledge and confidence to manage a wide variety of clinical situations, and will build connections to other clinicians who provide STD care.

How Does CEI ECHO 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. This short  YouTube video provides 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 providers of STD care (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, social workers) are welcome to participate; teams of clinicians who work together at a single site are also encouraged to join us. 

Initially, space will be limited to promote a high level of interaction among participants. There is no cost to participate.


CEI's STD ECHO sessions will be scheduled from 12pm to 1pm, on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Dates for 2016 and the first half of 2017 are listed below:

  • September 28
  • October 26
  • November 23
  • December 28
  • January 25
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 25
  • May 24
  • June 28
  • July 26

Please complete this online questionnaire, and you will be contacted by a member of the CEI team.
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