Introduction Cancer rates in Latin America continue to increase significantly. There is a need for additional oncology specialists, however training and mentoring is not widely available in the region. The goal of the LAGO (Latin America Gynecologic Oncology) ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is to support Gynecologic Oncologists in Latin America through knowledge sharing and mentorship.
Methods LAGO ECHO began in 2015 and is a collaboration among Latin American clinicians with support from the IGCS and MD Anderson. It consists of monthly one-hour virtual tumor boards (in Spanish) and includes case presentations as well as didactic lectures. In 2022, a formal learning curriculum was added consisting of a series of lectures focusing on evidence-based medicine. In Jan-Feb 2023, a survey was distributed to ECHO participants to assess satisfaction and knowledge changes from participation in LAGO ECHO.
Results In 2022, 12 ECHO sessions were held with an average of 63 participants per session from 14 countries. Eleven patient cases were presented and discussed. 49 participants from 15 countries responded to the survey. 90% stated that they join to increase their knowledge on best clinical practices; 90% indicated that their knowledge improved or improved significantly; 96% agreed or totally agreed that they learned from the case presentations; and 98% thought the quality of the course was good or excellent.
Conclusion/Implications The LAGO ECHO program facilitates collaboration among Latin American Gynecologic Oncologists. This allows sharing of best practices, increases knowledge, and provides mentoring to early career specialists.
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