Rural and urban clinics with minimal resources face unique challenges in delivering care to their underserved populations. Clinicians in these facilities are often faced with limited access to clinical provider support, a primary challenge in both practice and provider retention. Collaboration between specialists and both rural and low resource setting clinicians help overcome the barriers and challenges that patients face when attempting to access state-of-the-art healthcare as well as provide professional support to clinicians.

The Primary Care TeleECHO Clinic has been created to provide rural and low resource setting primary care clinicians including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, physicians, and other independently licensed providers in the provision of primary care. Through the use of technology, best-practice protocols, and case-based learning, rural and low resource setting primary care clinicians are mentored to deliver healthcare that is as safe and effective as that given in a university clinic. This teleECHO clinic is also an excellent resource for new graduate nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, and physicians to assist in adjusting to clinical practice and professional development.

The weekly teleECHO clinic includes didactic presentations by specialists on specific topics of interest and in-depth case-based presentations by community clinicians submitted for feedback and recommendations. Topics are drawn from top 25 primary care diagnoses and participant feedback. Clinicians are given access to evidence-based educational resources and are encouraged to express any suggestions, comments, or topics of interest for future presentations. An environment of group learning and best practice protocols is established that reduces variation in care and improves outcomes for patients.

Target Audience: new graduate nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, and physicians.

Join us Fridays from 12 pm to 1:00 pm Mountain Time Zone

Contact Us

To receive the weekly announcement with Zoom connection information please contact PrimaryCareECHO@salud.unm.edu

Forms and Documents

Partnerships

University of New Mexico College of Nursing

University of New Mexico School of Medicine Family & Community Medicine Physician Assistant Program

New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants

American Nurses Association (ANA)

New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council (NMNPC)

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Staff

Van Roper, PhD, FNP-C

Medical Director, Primary Care TeleECHO Clinic

Amy Weiss, DNP, CFNP

Co-director, Primary Care TeleECHO Clinic

Cynthia Romero Olivas, MSN, RN

Nurse Manager Project ECHO

Sue Whipple

TeleECHO Clinic Coordinator

Heidi Rogers, DNP, FNP-C

Assistant Professor

Toni Tavitas, ACNP, FNP

Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center

Lori Zamarripa, Pharm.D, RPh

SRU Clinical Review Pharmacist

BCBS: IL, MT, NM, OK, TX