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247 Project echo: reaching best practices in gynecologic oncology through international videoconferencing with case management and didactics
  1. A Plotkin1,
  2. T Randall2,
  3. L Chuang3,
  4. J Ng4,
  5. E Baker5,
  6. M Eiken6,
  7. R Nout7,
  8. T Dinh8 and
  9. K Schmeler9
  1. 1University of Toronto, Pathology, Toronto, Canada
  2. 2Massachusetts General Hospital, Gynecologic Oncology, Boston, USA
  3. 3Western Connecticut Health Network, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Danbury, USA
  4. 4National University Cancer Institute, Gynecologic Oncology, Singapore, Singapore
  5. 5MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Houston, USA
  6. 6International Gynecologic Cancer Society, Igcs, Chicago, USA
  7. 7Leiden University Medical Canter, Radiation Oncology, Leiden, The Netherlands
  8. 8Mayo Clinic, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jacksonville, USA
  9. 9MD Anderson Cancer Center, Gynecologic Oncology, Houston, USA


Objectives The IGCS has expanded to include all regions of the world in the past three years, collaborating with many national societies and launching the Global Curriculum for gynecologic oncology fellowship training in LMICs. With this growth there has been great enthusiasm to learn from new colleagues. The extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (Project ECHO) telementoring model has been known to improve patient outcomes in low resource areas through sharing of best practices in specialty care.

Methods The IGCS, in collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center, set up a Project ECHO platform in 2017 to connect members through monthly virtual tumor boards with planned didactic teaching sessions. Localsites present cases with relevant history, imaging and pathology. Multi-institutional groups of IGCS experts discuss best practices and make recommendations on management.

Results The IGCS currently has 13 host sites participating in Project ECHO. Ten of these are Global Curriculum sites, while three are sites with established gynecologic oncology training seeking greater exchange of ideas in best practices. In 2018, 8 sites held 47 total Project ECHO sessions. Verbal and written feedback has been highly positive.

Conclusions Remote telementoring through Project ECHO videoconferences is feasible and acceptable, and highly valued by participants, across widely disparate settings.

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