Perinatal OUD ECHO® Program

Information and Overview

The purpose of the Perinatal 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 members better understand how to
effectively work together to provide the highest quality of care to patients with OUD during
pregnancy and postpartum.


Program Co-Directors: Sarah Messmer, MD and Kathy Wollner, MD
Schedule: 12 sessions Twice-a-month on Wednesday from 12pm – 1pm
Target Audience: all providers and their care teams

Pre-Admission Requirements

Eligible participants must commit to three requirements:

  1. Participants are expected to attend at least six of the twelve twice-a-month ECHO®
    sessions on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm.
  2. Selected healthcare professionals must prepare a case of one of their patients and
    present it during one of the twelve ECHO® sessions. Presenters 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 team.
  3. During the twelve ECHO® sessions, team members will be asked to work collaboratively
    via Zoom as they engage in didactics (25 minutes per session) and discuss challenging
    cases (35 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