Weitzman ECHO Dermatology 2023-2024

Program Information

The Weitzman ECHO Dermatology series will train primary care providers on how to incorporate dermatoscopes into practice, promote management strategies for common dermatological conditions, and improve the identification of skin cancers and infections. These skills will result in well-equipped providers implementing early intervention in dermatology. At each session, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Vinny Seiverling will provide training on dermoscopy use and methods for screening, assessing, and managing dermatological conditions. This program is a no-cost, 7-session program offered in collaboration with ConferMED. Three of these sessions are Core Trainings, which will cover clinical pearls on high-value dermatology topics. The remaining four sessions involve Conversations with a Dermatologist where providers can dive deeper into specialty dermatology topics and submit ConferMED consults as case discussions to learn directly from an expert and from their peers’ cases and ideas

This Weitzman ECHO program will meet over Zoom Video Conferencing and will kick off our first session on November 15, 2023 from 7:30 - 8:15 AM CT. After the first session, the program will begin meeting at 7:30 AM CT monthly on select Wednesdays or Thursdays the third week of every month.

CME, CNE, CPE, and CEU credits will be provided for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician associates, among others, by Moses Weitzman Health System, an accredited provider through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

Acknowledgement of Support

The Weitzman ECHO Dermatology series is delivered in collaboration by ConferMed and financially supported through a generous grant from the St. David's Foundation. 

Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for the following audiences:

  • Medical Providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs)

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Apply management strategies to common dermatological conditions
  2. Incorporate dermoscopy training to your clinical practice
  3. Better differentiate benign skin growths from skin cancer 
  4. More confidently assess which type of biopsy to use in different scenarios
  5. Utilize clinical and dermoscopic findings to guide management of skin conditions
  6. Distinguish skin infections from inflammatory conditions utilizing morphological clues

FAQs

What is Project ECHO®? Project ECHO® was developed by Sanjeev Arora, MD, at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that helps improve clinicians' knowledge and skills to improve patient care. ECHOs are designed to be a longer-term continuing education program to create a virtual community for providers and care team members to connect and learn from leading experts and receive guidance from peers and experts. This ECHO learning community provides mentorship and peer support which make this model unique and provide long-lasting impact beyond typical e-learning styles. Weitzman ECHO clinics are specifically designed to meet the needs of safety net primary care providers and their communities like providers practicing in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).

How is each ECHO session structured?

  • Core Training sessions: Each session consists of a 25-minute didactic presentation by the ECHO's expert dermatologist, Dr. Vinny Seiverling, and a 15-minute Q&A. Each presentation will cover clinical pearls on high-value, foundational dermatology topics.
  • Conversations with a Dermatologist sessions: Each session consists of a 25-minute didactic presentation by the ECHO's expert dermatologist, Dr. Vinny Seiverling, and a real patient case discussion presented by participating providers. During each ECHO session, participants learn skills and receive clinical pearls from the expert faculty didactic presentation and the case discussion and recommendations.

How much does it cost to participate? Enrollment is now open at no cost for the next curriculum year.

Who should participate? Primary care medical providers from Lone Star Circle of Care, Community Health Center of South Central Texas, and Peoples Community Clinic are welcome to participate.

When do sessions occur? This Project ECHO will meet once monthly on select Wednesdays and Thursdays on the third week of the month at 7:30am CT. For a detailed schedule, please click the 'schedule' tab above.

What level of participation is expected? Weitzman ECHO Dermatology 2023-2024 consists of 7 sessions in total. ECHO participants are expected to:

  • Attend at least 50% of sessions
  • Share webcams, when available
  • Engage during peer case discussion, when available
  • Submit a case for recommendations, when available, through the ConferMED consult platform

How do I join the live sessions? Do I need any special equipment? Weitzman ECHO sessions are held virtually using the Weitzman Education Platform and Zoom Video Conferencing. Access is available on any computer with an internet connection. For instructions on how to join the live session, follow these Step-by-step instructions: Entering a Live Session.

How do I claim credit and download my CE/CME certificate? After the live session is completed, the session evaluation will be available right in the platform. Once you complete the session evaluation, you will be able to claim your credits and download your certificate.

How do I sign up? Please register now by clicking on the "Register" tab at the top right of this page. To register, you must be from Lone Star Circle of Care, Community Health Centers of South Central Texas, or Peoples Community Clinic and use the code provided to you in the promotional program materials. If you have any questions regarding registration or the ECHO program, please contact Lorena Morgan at MorganL@mwhs1.com.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.25 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 6.25 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 6.25 Participation Hour(s)
    If you are not able to utilize any of the above credit types, you are able to download an unaccredited Participation Certificate for your records.
Activity opens: 
10/11/2023
Activity expires: 
08/01/2024

Schedule

This activity meets at 7:30 AM CT monthly on select Wednesdays and Thursdays the 3rd week of every month.

The dates bolded are the Core Trainings sessions (mandatory for Lone Star Circle of Care) that focus on foundational dermatology and dermatoscope topics. Below are the dates of all the sessions: 

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (7:30am-8:15am CT): Dermoscopy Basics I: Terminology, Benign Skin Growths, and Tips and Tricks to Operating a Dermatoscope
  • Thursday, December 21, 2023 (7:30am-8:30am CT): Psoriasis, Eczema, and Scaly Rashes
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024 (7:30am-8:15am CT): Dermoscopy Basics II: Skin Cancer
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 (7:30am-8:30am CT): Dermatopharmacology
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024 (7:30am-8:30am CT): Common Pediatric Skin Conditions
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (7:30am-8:15am CT): Skin Biopsies and Suturing
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 (7:30am-8:30am CT): Context and Comparators

Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth “Vinny” Seiverling is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Tufts Dermatology, she was the Dermatology Division Director for Maine Medical Center and the medical director for Maine Medical Partner’s Skin Oncology clinic. She has a special interest in noninvasive tools for the detection of skin cancer such as dermoscopy, reflectance confocal microscopy and total body photography. Her research focuses on studying the impact of dermoscopy training in the primary care setting. She has created innovative care delivery models utilizing teledermatology and teledermoscopy to improve access to care in rural settings. She has developed multiple dermoscopy curricula and is on the American Academy of Dermatology Basic Dermatology Curriculum Work Group to add dermoscopy to standard medical student education. She is a member of the International Dermoscopedia Academy Work Group aimed at optimizing dermoscopy and skin cancer detection training for all types of learners. In 2022, Dr. Seiverling joined ConferMED and the Weitzman Institute to expand their dermatology educational offerings. 

Weitzman Institute Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Weitzman Institute to ensure that Continuing Education (CE) activities are independent and free of commercial bias. To ensure educational content is objective, balanced, and guarantee content presented is in the best interest of its learners' and the public, the Weitzman Institute requires that everyone in a position to control educational content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. An ineligible company is one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Examples can be found at accme.org.

Faculty participating in a Weitzman Institute-sponsored activity must disclose to the planning committee and audience all financial or other relationship(s) with ineligible companies.

Planner(s)

Lorena Morgan

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Rosemary Motz, MPH, MA, RDN

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Ariel Porto

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.
Speaker(s)

Elizabeth Seiverling, MD

has a financial relationship (Professional Services) with DermSensor;.
has a financial relationship (Professional Services) with Melatech;.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by ConferMED and Moses/Weitzman Health System, Inc./Weitzman Institute. Moses/Weitzman Health System, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Additional credits are available for Physician Assistants/Associates. 

By completing this activity, you provide Moses/Weitzman Health System Inc. the permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).

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Available Credit

  • 6.25 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 6.25 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 6.25 Participation Hour(s)
    If you are not able to utilize any of the above credit types, you are able to download an unaccredited Participation Certificate for your records.
 
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