UW Medicine Telehealth programs integrate specialized clinical care with medical education—facilitating provider communication, consultation and mutual learning opportunities for the benefit of our patients.
Mountain West AIDS Education and Training Center (Mountain AETC) has delivered in-depth clinical mentorship and training since 2012. MW AETC ECHO aims to build the confidence and skills of rural, low-volume healthcare providers and clinics in the Western U.S. region to provide high quality HIV care to patients. Using secure, fully-interactive videoconferencing, MW AETC ECHO offers weekly online interactive clinics, providing real-time clinical consultation between community healthcare providers and a multidisciplinary panel that includes experts in infectious disease, psychiatry, family medicine, pharmacy, nursing and case management.
In each clinic session, HIV experts provide a short clinical HIV update and comprehensive live case consultations. Following the live consultation, presenting clinicians receive a detailed summary packet with recommendations, teaching points, and evidence-based resources by fax within 24 hours. Using this model, MW AETC ECHO fosters mentoring relationships between the HIV expert panel and participating healthcare providers, and develops a peer learning and support network in some of the most remote, underserved areas of Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota and Oregon.
Clinical didactics and additional information are publicly available at
Project ECHO HCV is a UW Medicine project to mentor clinicians in underserved/rural areas in the treatment of Hepatitis C. Funded by the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, Project ECHO provides primary care clinicians with access to:
- UW Medicine specialists in infectious disease, hepatology, and addiction medicine
- Brief updates on evidence-based strategies to treat Hepatitis C
- Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits per hour of participation
Since 2008, over 30 different clinics have participated, presenting over 1000 patients. The strategy is as safe and effective as in-person, specialty care (Arora S, et al. New England Journal of Medicine 2011). If you are interested in participating, please contact Pam Landinez at
For his work with Project ECHO, Dr. John Scott, UW associate professor of medicine (allergy and infectious diseases), was awarded the 2015 Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care.
The Northwest Heart Failure Collaborative (NWHFC) is a bimonthly case conference series that aims to improve the care of patients with heart failure by increasing access to continuing education and interdisciplinary case consultations. This unique training program builds on an existing education-practice partnership between UW Medicine and the UW School of Nursing. The target audience includes community physicians, ARNP/PA, pharmacists, social workers and allied health workers. The conferences are free and occur on the first and third Wednesdays at noon (PDT). For more information, please contact Bonnie Berry at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
TB Project ECHO is a collaborative project between Washington State Department of Health, Firland Northwest Tuberculosis Center and University of Washington. The goal of TB Project ECHO is to mentor and share learning opportunities with clinicians who manage patients with tuberculosis infection and disease in Washington State, in order to further the national goal of TB elimination. The sessions are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (PDT).
Clinicians participate remotely in bimonthly meetings and earn CME/CNE credits. To learn more about TB Project ECHO, and sign up to participate, visit
http://www.doh.wa.gov/TBECHO or contact Lana Kay Tyer at
email@example.com, 253.395.6711 or Jessica Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.305.7062.
A multidisciplinary team from the University of Washington will assist primary care clinicians in the care of geriatric patients through
Project ECHO-Geriatrics. We primarily target residents within the Family Medicine Residency Network, which includes 29 residency programs across the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, & Idaho) but also welcome participation from all clinical staff including faculty, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and students in training. The sessions occur monthly every 3rd Friday at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (PDT). If you are interested in learning more or would like to participate, please contact either Aimee Verrall (email@example.com) or Dr. Katherine Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org or 206- 744-6458).
The CBT ECHO clinics connect expertise within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to community mental health providers from rural and underserved areas to enhance workforce capacity to deliver Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp), an evidence based psychotherapeutic treatment for schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In Washington State, two weekly CBT ECHO Clinics are enabling providers to build proficiency in individual and group-based CBTp, advancing efforts to enhance access to care for individuals with Serious Mental Illness, and create self-sustaining communities of practice among CBTp providers.
The CBT ECHO Clinic is the first ECHO program in the world focused exclusively on schizophrenia spectrum disorders and the first ECHO program to assist providers in developing competencies in group or individual evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions. Clinics run weekly and are open to all providers who have participated in a preliminary in-person training.
For more information, please contact the CBTp Implementation Team at
CBTecho@uw.edu or visit
The UW TelePain program significantly increases access to interprofessional experts who provide real-time support in the care and treatment of the most challenging chronic pain patients. The program improves outcomes, and patient and provider satisfaction over geographically dispersed areas, including rural, tribal, suburban, urban and safety net populations. UW TelePain helps meet the need for access to pain management specialist consultations that are now required by the Washington State Department of Health regulations for opioid prescribing It also supports the UW Medicine's goal of extending pain care expertise throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
The University of Washington Division of Pain Medicine offers a weekly UW TelePain session—an audio and videoconference-based consultative knowledge network of interprofessional specialists with expertise in the management of challenging chronic pain problems. The goal is to increase the knowledge and skills of community practice providers who treat patients with chronic pain.
UW TelePain conducts these collegial interactive videoconferences that include:
- Didactic presentations from the UW Pain Medicine curriculum for primary care providers
- Case presentations from community clinicians
- Interactive consultations for providers with an interprofessional panel of specialists
- The use of measurement-based clinical instruments to assess treatment effectiveness and outcomes for individuals and larger populations
Healthcare providers are invited to present their difficult chronic pain cases to the UW TelePain panel of specialists whose expertise spans pain medicine, internal medicine, anesthesiology, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, addiction medicine and nursing care coordination. Anyone in attendance is welcome to ask questions (including those who don't present a case).
UW TelePain Sessions take place each Wednesday from 12–1:30 p.m. for community healthcare providers.
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability for Americans; however, early intervention with clot-breaking medications and interventions can save lives and prevent significant neurological problems. The TeleStroke service connects hospitals in Washington State to board-certified vascular neurologists and the state’s only certified comprehensive stroke program at Harborview Medical Center 24/7/365. The multidisciplinary specialists at the stroke center provide comprehensive care for all types of acute stroke, stroke sequelae and stroke prevention. Clinicians can transmit neuroimaging and discuss individual patients by phone with the stroke neurologists by calling the Transfer Center at 888.731.4791. A yearly contract is required for this service.
UW Department of Medicine Grand Rounds is a Department of Medicine CME program consisting of a series of free educational lectures that take place weekly throughout the academic year. Department of Medicine Grand Rounds is open to the public and is held each Thursday morning at 8 a.m. in Room T-625 of the Health Sciences Building on the University of Washington campus.
The objectives of the series are to:
- Discuss new developments and trends in medicine
- Apply current and updated concepts to clinical practice
- Collate and integrate new research data in order to reach appropriate treatment decisions
The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1.0 per session). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds is available via web conference at various UW Medicine and WWAMI sites including, but not limited to, Harborview Medical Center (HMC), Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), University of Washington, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS).
Grand Rounds can also be viewed live on Thursday mornings via the
UW Medicine content server.
UW Psychiatry and Addictions Case Conference series (UW PACC) is a free CME-accredited program designed to expand the mental health and addictions care capacity of health care professionals, especially in remote, underserved areas of Washington. The series is appropriate for primary care providers including MDs, ARNPs, PAs and psychiatrists willing to engage in a proven model of distance learning.
Each session will include a 20-minute educational presentation from the year-long curriculum, followed by in-depth case consultations between community providers and a panel of experts in mental health and addictions at the UW. The goal of UW PACC is to develop a regional peer learning and support network for treating mental health and addictions that will ultimately result in better patient care.
We invite you to participate, and encourage you to bring some of your challenging cases to the discussion by submitting a Case Consultation. The series kick-off is on July 7th, but you may join at any time, and attend as regularly as you wish.
UW PACC sessions take place every Thursday 12:00-1:30pm PST, effective July 7, 2016.
Reserve your space by emailing:
Please feel free to contact us at
email@example.com with any questions about the program or regarding technology issues.
UW Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Line allows any health care provider in Washington State to receive consultation, recommendations, and referrals to community resources from a UW psychiatrist with expertise in perinatal mental health. Faculty members consult on any mental health-related questions for patients who are pregnant, in the first year postpartum, or who have pregnancy-related complications (e.g. pregnancy loss, infertility). Topics may include depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric disorders; adjustment to pregnancy loss, complications, or difficult life events; risks of psychiatric medications; and non-medication treatments.
If you are a health care provider in Washington State caring for women with mental health needs during pregnancy and postpartum and seek perinatal consultation, please call
206-685-2924 and leave your name and phone number. Our perinatal psychiatrists respond to calls Monday through Friday between 3:00-5:00 PM, usually within one working day.
Our perinatal psychiatrists are also available to help any practice thinking about instituting routine screening for depression. We can come to your clinic and provide a broad overview of best practices for depression screening and follow up in the perinatal period.
For more information, please contact Deborah Cowley, MD at 206-543-6577 or email
Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Line flyer.