Project ECHO: Palliative Care in the Primary Care Clinic

Get expert support on offering palliative care in a virtual-learning network

Why ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)?

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Many communities in Florida do not have access to Palliative care specialty services that could benefit them. Access to Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients, their families and improves access to care for many people. Palliative care focuses on the relief of pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness to help patients and their family members live peacefully and comfortably.

By providing case consultations and brief presentations, experts in palliative care and geriatric mental health will enhance provider knowledge and skills regarding the physical, pharmacological and psychological aspects of  palliative care.  We hope to marshal the clinical wisdom and knowledge of local resources of the participants to create a learning environment whereby providers feel more comfortable with the palliative care aspects of their patients.

Learn about best practices and evidence-based care for patients with serious and life threatening illness through didactic and case presentations.

Email [email protected] to register

How does it work?

  • Join an online video conference at pre-scheduled times
  • Discuss and share: 
  • Clinical care presentations and discussion
  • A brief educational presentation by experts in palliative care

Palliative Care ECHO offers:

  • Free CE and CME credit for health care professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with subject-matter experts and health care staff
  • New ways to support patients in their home community


Noon to 1 p.m. EST on the following dates:

  • August 14th
  • September 11th
  • September 25th
  • October 9th
  • October 23rd
  • November 13th

Target Audience:

Physicians, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Case Managers, Psychologists, and other non-licensed health care providers


Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize appropriate patients for palliative care
  • Discuss how to have the Goals of Care conversation
  • Explain how to complete advances care planning
  • Discuss symptom management from the palliative care perspective
  • Use pharmacy dosing and safe practices in PC medications
  • Assess for behavioral health and cognitive status in palliative care settings

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Florida AHEC Network and the Florida Rural Health Association. The Florida AHEC Network is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The Florida AHEC Network designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Each session meets the requirements for up to 1.0 credit.

Disclosure: Dr. Molinar is disclosing that he is a stock shareholder of Pfizer, Merck, Abbvie, and Johnson & Johnson. No other planners or presenters have any relevant financial disclosures.

Continuing Education

Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Inc. is a Florida Board of Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Respiratory Care, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling and Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition approved provider of continuing education. CE Broker Provider ID #50-1922. This program meets the requirements for up to 6.0 contact hours, or 1.0 hour per session.




Support Provided By:

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at the University of South Florida