ECHO Ontario Autism for Physicians and NPs
ECHO Ontario Autism for Physicians and NPs runs one cycle each year beginning in the Fall. Each cycle is 18-20 sessions in total, and occurs every second Tuesday from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. A combination of didactic presentations and participant generated case discussions provide ongoing opportunities for learning and the development of a community of practice. You may join as many sessions as you wish, and register for ECHO each year.
It's free to participate
ECHO Autism is fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and is free for participants.
All you need is a computer and a web cam, or a smartphone.
Build a community of practice
Connect with primary care providers across the province to develop a supportive community of practice that fosters ongoing knowledge exchange and the dissemination of best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD.
Earn MOC credits
Project ECHO Ontario Autism is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Benefits to you and the system of care
ECHO provides the opportunity to improve individual knowledge of ASD and increase the capacity to diagnose and manage this complex condition in rural and underserved areas.
ECHO Ontario Autism at Holland Bloorview uses an internet-based video technology called Zoom. Participants can easily connect (via a link that will be provided) to the video sessions through their phone, tablet, laptop, or a computer with a webcam.
The main focus of ECHO Autism at this time is on medical care and is geared towards paediatricians, family physicians and nurse practitioners.
The ECHO model uses primarily case-based learning. Participants present de-identified cases from their own practice where there is a question of Autism (diagnosis) or a question about management of symptoms. Participants and Hub Specialists discuss the cases, ask clarifying questions, and provide recommendations. All participants receive a copy of the cases prior to each session, as well as the written recommendations which are sent out following the each session. All participants are encouraged to present at least one case for discussion during an ECHO Autism cycle.