May 23, 2012

Project ECHO: Bringing Medical Specialists Together to Discuss New HCV Therapies to Treat HCV


Project ECHO™, University of New Mexico Office of Continuing Education, and Consensus Medical Communications are pleased to announce the annual Project ECHO™: Knowledge Networks for New HCV Therapies live teleconference continuing medical education weekly activity.

Englewood, CO (PRWEB) May 22, 2012

Project ECHO™, University of New Mexico Office of Continuing Education, and Consensus Medical Communications are pleased to announce the annual Project ECHO™: Knowledge Networks for New HCV Therapies live teleconference continuing medical education weekly activity. The target audience for the live teleconference CME activities is hepatologists, gastroenterologists, specialists (NPs)/(PAs), and other clinicians who treat or wish to treat patients with HCV. Project ECHO™ was an idea conceived by the activity’s executive director, Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP. Dr. Arora has been involved with the management of hepatitis C for over 15 years as well as the implementation and development of the Hepatitis C Disease Management Program at UNMHSC. Project ECHO™ was developed as a service delivery, education, and evaluation platform. The ECHO model contains a key component known as knowledge networks, which allows for the expertise of a specialist to be shared with numerous primary providers through telehealth clinics. This component gives rural areas access to care without having to recruit, retain, and fund additional providers.

Project ECHO™: Knowledge Networks for New HCV Therapies conference call CME activities will be led by top faculty members in the fields of hepatology and gastroenterology. The program chairs are Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, and Michael W. Fried, MD. The regional meeting chairs are Robert G. Gish, MD; Norah Terrault, MD, MPH; Ira M. Jacobson, MD; and Mark Sulkowski, MD. The clinical team leaders are Isabel Juarez, RN, BSN; Lisa Catalli, BA, NP; Lisa Richards, MSN, FNP-BC; Sherilyn C. Brinkley, MSN, CRNP; and Monique Carasso, NP. The guest faculty experts are John Douglas Scott, MD, MSc; Adrian Di Bisceglie, MD, FACP, FCP (SA); Kenneth E. Sherman, MD, PhD; Bruce Bacon, MD; Paul Pockros, MD; Rajender Reddy, MD; and David Nelson, MD.

Each weekly teleconference meeting will be 60-75 minutes in length. Clinicians may participate as a guest faculty member and may receive a modest honoraria for submitting and presenting a patient case on calls.

Upon completion of these weekly teleconference CME clinics, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify and reinforce comprehensive best practices in HCV treatment.
  • Discuss how DAAs uniquely target the hepatitis C virus and detail their anticipated benefits, side effects, and role in therapy.
  • Identify appropriate candidates for triple therapy combinations and their expected outcomes.
  • Evaluate the viral kinetic responses that define the non-responder and relapse populations and assess the options and expected outcomes for retreatment with PEG-IFN and RBV vs triple therapy with PIs.
  • Identify and address AEs and potential drug-drug interactions related to PIs.
  • Evaluate viral resistance and implement strategies to prevent resistance and to identify when treatment should be halted.
  • Apply evolving data related to DAA therapies and discuss potential future applications.

Project ECHO™: Knowledge Networks for New HCV Therapies weekly teleconference meetings occur twice every Tuesday starting May 15, 2012 and ending October 23, 2012.

Teleconference option 1 will occur at 4:30pm EST, 3:30pm CST, 2:30pm MST, and 1:30pm PST.
Teleconference option 2 will occur at 7:30pm EST, 6:30pm CST, 5:30pm MST, and 4:30pm PST. For more information, please contact us:

Call us toll-free at 1-855-276-6855
Register online at

About ProjectECHO™
Project ECHO™ (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative health care program that uses state-of-the-art technology to expand access to specialty health care in rural and medically underserved communities. Project ECHO™ is part of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. For more information on Project ECHO™, please go to

Using this innovative approach to expanding health care through case-based learning, Project ECHO™ Knowledge Networks for New HCV Therapies is providing you with a unique opportunity to obtain real-time consultation with specialists, have your HCV management questions answered via web/teleconference activities held weekly on Tuesday afternoons, and receive CME credit for participating. Participate by submitting your patient cases for consultation, learn how to incorporate recent advances in HCV therapies, and take action to optimize outcomes in your patients.

About Consensus Medical Communications
Consensus Medical Communications strives to affect patient care and quality of life through strategically planned medical education for a wide array of health care professionals. We emphasize excellence, innovation, and outcomes in continuing medical education programming for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other clinical specialists.

We seek excellence through maintaining a balance of timeliness, accuracy, scientific rigor, and clinical relevance.

We strive for innovation in the design and implementation of educational initiatives that address the needs of highly targeted audiences.

We work toward outcomes that not only improve knowledge but motivate progress from current to best practices in modern medicine and pharmacology.

With more than 100 years combined experience in medical education and publishing, our leadership team and senior staff provide program creativity and scientific credibility, coupled with unparalleled customer service, all in accordance with Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) guidelines.

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