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Project ECHO Works to Improve Health Care Worldwide

Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva

Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva, a leader in the field of pediatric medicine, serves as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a nonprofit professional organization that works to promote the health and well-being of children and young adults. Alongside his work with the Academy, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva supports humanitarian activities associated with several other organizations and initiatives, including Project ECHO. 

Launched in 2003 by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a long-term learning and guided-practice model that seeks to reduce health disparities and provide best-practice specialty care for underserved populations. Originally focused on local needs in the state of New Mexico, the project has since expanded worldwide and now operates over 110 hubs in 21 countries. 

The ECHO model is advanced through teleECHO clinics, which connect medical specialists with primary care physicians around the globe using teleconferencing technology. In addition to facilitating acute care, the clinics create ongoing learning communities that help primary care physicians develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively treat specialty conditions.

Beyond overseeing regular teleECHO clinics, Project ECHO conducts various in-person events, including its annual MetaECHO Conference. In 2017, the four-day MetaECHO event will take place September 13-16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Additional information about it and other Project ECHO programs and activities can be found at www.echo.unm.edu.

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