Inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and others: osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, fibromyalgia, and the genetic predispositions of some New Mexicans to certain other rheumatologic disorders can lead to diminished quality of life and disability if left untreated.
Rheumatology is a rapidly developing medical specialty with new treatment options appearing frequently. The disease outlook for people with chronic rheumatologic disorders is improving with the introduction of new forms of treatment and early diagnosis. The Rheumatology TeleECHO Clinic is designed to provide a consultative link between specialists and community clinicians throughout the state. Its goals are to provide rheumatology consultations regarding any rheumatologic disease condition, and to train clinicians at distant sites to become experts in the care of these conditions so they might serve as local resources for rheumatologic care. Since 2006, at least 46 clinicians have joined the clinic with a continual interest in the advancement of their knowledge base in rheumatology. We have currently helped 22 clinicians earn advanced rheumatology training certification through the American College of Rheumatology.The ECHO Rheumatology team of specialists also provides clinical patient services through the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Rheumatology Center.
More InformationSession meets Monday from noon – 1:30 pm MT.
Forms and Documents
- 2017 Rheumatology TeleECHO Clinic Curriculum Schedule
- Patient Case Presentation Form
- Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data (RAPID3)
- Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data (RAPID3) [Spanish]
Arthur Bankhurst, MDMedical Director
Wendy Grant, MDMedical Director
Rheumatologist, Durango, CO
CHPG Rheumatology, Southwest
Mercy Regional Medical Center
Roderick FieldsAssistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Cynthia Olivas, RN, MSN
Project ECHO® Cardiology TeleECHO Clinic
Amy Armistad, MAProgram Planning Manager
TeleECHO Clinic Coordinator