Project ECHO addresses the concern of shortage of medical experts in rural and underserved communities using telecommunications technology. Through hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, RCC's Project ECHO utilizes a model that connects experts around the world to clinics that have a shortage in specific medical education and training. These experts work to improve the quality of treatments in underserved communities. We incorporate multi-institutional support, medical student involvement, and cloud-based technology into the telehealth initiative. We seek experts in oncology, medical physics, and radiation therapy to offer their insights to support Latin American cancer professionals in high-volume centers.
Our vision for Project ECHO is to expand this effort and reach more countries, clinics, and medical experts. We hope that participants use the information they have gained and effect even more positive change by educating those around them. This ripple effect of sorts will allow our efforts to make a greater impact on the treatment of cancer in low-income areas.
● Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
● High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
● Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) for physicists
● IMRT for radiation therapists (in progress)
● Head and Neck Contouring and Plan Evaluation (in progress)
● Transition from 2D to 3D External Beam Radiotherapy (in progress)
These are some samples of our live curricula in action. In 2019, we offered the first SBRT and SRS Curriculum in Latin America (full curriculum here), the first HDR-Brachytherapy Curriculum in the Middle East, Africa, and Nepal (full curriculum here), and the first IMRT Curriculum in Bolivia and Argentina. We are thankful for all of our guest educators and clinic coordinators who make these efforts possible.