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Palliative Care ECHO: Free Continuing Education Credits Available

Overcoming the obstacles of distance and locally unavailable expertise can be a challenge. That is where the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Project is playing a role in South Dakota and is offering continuing education credits, FREE! The ECHO Hub was established by the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences and is a video conference case-based learning platform designed to feed a knowledge-sharing network. The “hub” serves as the source of health care information that is dispensed via webinar-type presentations.

WHAT: USD Nursing and the statewide coalition from Advance Care Planning Towards Palliative Care will launch a series of sessions called “Project ECHO: Palliative Care ECHO Moving Knowledge, Not Patients.” The sessions will be conducted using the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) video-conferencing platform to provide interprofessional, case-based learning designed to connect palliative care specialists to rural healthcare settings throughout South Dakota.

WHY: The sessions provide information about a variety of palliative care topics such as interprofessional teamwork and palliative care systems, managing physical, psychological, and psychiatric aspects of care, and care for patients and families nearing the end-of-life. Project Palliative Care ECHO is funded through a grant from the Bush Foundation so there is no cost to attend.

WHO: The sessions will address palliative care from a team-based approach. Therefore, providers, nurses, social workers, and all other direct patient care team members from your organization should attend.

WHEN & WHERE: The program consists of eight monthly 1-hour education sessions starting April 28th, 2022. All sessions are from 12:30 to 1:30 pm C.T. (11:30 to 12:30 M.T.) Join each session via Zoom from an internet-enabled device. Organizations who want to participate are strongly encouraged to participate in all 8 sessions

Session Dates and Topics

  • April 28: The Heart of Palliative Care: A Team Approach to Support Patient Care Strategies.
  • May 26: Symptom Management: Promoting Comfort in Palliative Care
  • June 23: Promoting Mental Health for Palliative Care Patients and Families
  • July 28: Social Needs in Palliative Care
  • August 25: The Impact of Cultural/Spiritual Needs in Palliative Care
  • September 22: Cultural Beliefs: The Comfort They Provide
  • October 27: Promoting Comfort and Dignity for Patients and Families at the End of Life
  • November 17: End of Life Decisions: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Palliative Care

CONTINUING EDUCATION AVAILABLE: Once approval of our continuing education program has been granted, continuing education (CE) credits will be awarded through the ECHO Institute. ECHO will grant joint accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Let us know if you are interested in receiving CE credits!

REGISTER HERE: Register HERE. At each session, the first 48 people in attendance will receive a $20 gift card from Walmart. To be eligible for the gift card, you must attend the entire session and complete all surveys. Gift cards can be earned multiple times for attending multiple sessions. One registration allows you to sign up for all eight sessions. See the attached document to learn more about Project Palliative Care ECHO.

To learn more about ECHO click here.

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