Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Fellowship ECHO® Program

Information and Overview


The purpose of this fellowship program is to train primary care providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) in the assessment and treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD). The goal of the nine-month program is to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment services in areas of the state that currently have limited or no access to medications for addiction treatment. Therefore, providers from these areas will receive priority for admission.

The training will provide clinical guidance, technical support around the clinical workflows, policies and protocols to ensure compliance with clinical standards, and training in evidence-based practice.


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Program Director: Nicole Gastala, MD
Schedule: 32 weekly sessions every Tuesday from 12pm – 1pm
Target Audience: all providers and their care teams

Pre-Admission Requirements

Eligible participants must commit to three requirements:

  1. They must fully attend the highly interactive ONLINE Weekend Immersion Course. Throughout the weekend, participants will be asked to work collaboratively via Zoom as they engage in didactics, discuss challenging cases, and gain practice with specific tools. All training sessions will be guided by a multidisciplinary team of faculty with various expertise (e.g., family medicine, addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, emergency medicine, toxicology, education) and training backgrounds (e.g., MD, NP, PhD). Participants must have access to a computer, with video capabilities, a stable internet connection, and a quiet distraction-free environment during the weekend course.
  2. After completing the Weekend Immersion Course, participants must attend at least twenty weekly webinars on Tuesdays, 12pm-1pm. During this webinar series, each fellow will present and receive feedback on one of their own cases and participate in additional didactics on topics not covered during weekend immersion. Click HERE to see a sample schedule.
  3. Participants must have completed online buprenorphine training prior to attending the Weekend Immersion Course (or have already obtained a buprenorphine waiver). The buprenorphine waiver training is available online for free. The online waiver training is 8 hours for physicians and 24 hours for NPs and PAs.

MD/DO https://learning.pcssnow.org/p/onlinematwaiver

NP https://pcssnow.org/medication-assisted-treatment/waiver-training-for-nps/

PA https://pcssnow.org/medication-assisted-treatment/waiver-training-for-pas/


Click HERE to apply to become a fellow in the next cohort.

Throughout the fellowship, participants will have access to expert faculty and senior fellows for ongoing educational information and individual case discussions. Participants will also have the opportunity to shadow faculty or senior fellows if they are interested.

OUD ECHO® Faculty and Staff

Deanna Doss, MSW

Mennefer Blue

Research Assistant

Mennefer_Blue@rush.edu

Deanna Doss, MSW

Deanna Doss, LSW

Social Worker / Administrative Assistant

Deanna_P_Doss@rush.edu

Sara Flanagan, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP-BC

Sara Flanagan, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP-BC

Senior Fellow (Cohort 5)
Specialty: Family Medicine (Chicago)

Sara Flanagan, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP-BC

Brenda Fuss, APN

Senior Fellow (Cohort 6)
Specialty: Family Medicine (Normal)

Sara Flanagan, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP-BC

Nicole Gastala, MD

Program Director and Clinical Faculty
Specialty: Addiction Medicine

Jenia Heavens, FNP-C

Jenia Heavens, FNP-C

Senior Fellow (Cohort 5)
Specialty: Family Medicine (Granite City)

Jenia Heavens, FNP-C

Keshia House, DNP, APRN-FPA, FNP-BC

Senior Fellow (Cohort 6)
Specialty: Family Medicine (Chicago)

Jenia Heavens, FNP-C

Michael Huyck, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Senior Fellow (Cohort 6)
Specialty: Family Medicine (Chicago)

Christine Neeb, MD

Christine Neeb, MD

Senior Fellow (Cohort 3)
Specialty: Addiction Medicine (Chicago)

Melissa Ortega

Paige Pickerl, LCSW

GPRA Data/Research Manager
Paige_Pickerl@rush.edu

Dennis Smithenry, PhD

Dennis Smithenry, PhD

Educational Consultant
Active Learning for Adults

Tanya Sorrell

Tanya Sorrell, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, NP-C

Clinical Faculty
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Audrey Tanksley

Veronika Speedwell, PA-C

Senior Fellow (Cohort 5)

Specialty: Internal Medicine (Chicago)

Audrey Tanksley

Amanda Vogel, FNP-C

Senior Fellow (Cohort 6)

Specialty: Family Medicine (Gillespie)

LaNyah Warrack

LaNyah Warrack

Program Coordinator

lanyah_bassett_warrack@rush.edu

Jason West

Jason West, MD

Senior Fellow (Cohort 5)
Speciality: Family Medicine (Harrisburg)

These services are supported wholly or in part through a State Opioid Response (SOR) grant to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (TI-081699).

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


RUSH University

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