Interprofessional OUD ECHO® Program

Information and Overview

The purpose of the Interprofessional OUD ECHO® program is to offer continued learning
opportunities about the assessment and treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) for healthcare
teams that are already prescribing buprenorphine to patients in Illinois. This sixth-month
program will be led by an interprofessional team of subject matter experts (providers, social
workers, nurses, and peer recovery coaches) who will help the healthcare team’s members
better understand how to effectively work together to provide the highest quality of care to
patients with OUD.


Program Co-Directors: Kate Austman, MD and Jenia Heavens, FNP-C
Schedule: 12 sessions Twice-a-month on Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Target Audience: all providers and their care teams

Pre-Admission Requirements

Eligible participants must commit to three requirements:

  1. Team members are expected to attend at least nine of the twelve twice-a-month ECHO®
    sessions on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 12pm-1pmEach healthcare team must prepare
    a case of one of their patients and present it during one of the twelve ECHO® sessions.
    The team will be asked to develop key case questions so that they can receive
    constructive feedback from the other ECHO® participants and the subject matter expert
  2. During the twelve ECHO® sessions, team members will be asked to work collaboratively
    via Zoom as they engage in didactics (15 minutes per session) and discuss challenging
    cases (45 minutes per session). Participants must have access to computers with video
    capabilities and stable internet connections. Given that this training is designed to be
    interactive, participants must commit to turning on their computer’s video to ensure
    effective collaboration.

If you have questions about the ECHO® program at Rush, please contact Deanna_P_Doss[at] or call (312) 563-2113

RUSH University

RUSH-ECHO® Program
1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 563-2113