Program overview

ECHO Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ECHO OEM) offers 12 virtual sessions each cycle. 

Learning objectives of ECHO OEM

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

Objective 1 – Recognize work-related and environmental conditions

Objective 2 – Manage injuries and illnesses that affect returning to work or staying at work to improve patients' workability

Objective 3 – Communicate effectively with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to improve access to care and a safe return to work/stay at work

Objective 4 – Collaborate effectively with workplace and allied health professionals to improve access to care and a safe return to work/stay at work

Benefits of participating

  • ECHO OEM provides a community of practice opportunity for Ontario primary health-care providers to gain up-to-date knowledge, skills, resources and expert advice. 
  • Participants learn how to identify occupational and environmental injuries and illnesses, manage complex cases and support their patients in returning to work or staying at work.
  • Participants build confidence and skills in OEM by taking part in case-based discussions, presenting their own cases and hearing presentations on key topics in occupational medicine by experts in the field.
  • ECHO OEM is free. It is a no-cost way to get expert, specialist advice, reducing patient referrals to specialists in other areas.
  • Participants earn CME credits. The program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
  • Physicians presenting a case may bill OHIP for case conferences (billing codes K707 or K701). Learn more about presenting a case.

Expectations of participants

Participants register for an entire ECHO OEM cycle. ECHO OEM participants are expected to:

  • attend as many of the ECHO OEM sessions as possible
  • complete surveys to evaluate each session and the ECHO OEM program
  • consider presenting a short, de-identified patient case, if applicable
  • contribute to case discussions as appropriate 

How ECHO OEM works

ECHO OEM links primary health-care providers with an expert interprofessional “hub” team through weekly videoconference sessions. Each session involves a case presentation and discussion and a didactic presentation on a key OEM topic. 

Before a session:

  • an agenda is sent to participants with the videoconference link and session resources
  • participants prepare their equipment (computer or smart device with a stable internet connection, camera and microphone)

During a session:

  • a patient case is presented and discussed 
  • a short didactic is presented by a content expert
  • the case presenter receives a summary of recommendations provided by participants and the expert hub

After a session:

  • participants can apply their new knowledge in practice
  • case presenters can use recommendations from the session to modify patient care
  • participants complete a feedback survey

After the program cycle:

  • Participants receive a certificate of attendance