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Title
Children's of Alabama Offering Autism Expertise to State Physicians This Summer
Date
05/17/2017
Description

BIRMINGHAM – Medical providers across Alabama can now connect with autism experts at Children’s of Alabama through an innovative program called Project ECHO: Autism.

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a “telementoring” platform that allows subspecialists to share expert knowledge among healthcare providers in the community.

The program’s mission is to create a virtual learning network with real-time access to autism and behavioral health experts to promote best practices in care of children with autism among community healthcare providers throughout the state of Alabama.

Providers can register by calling 205-638-9254 or sending an email to echoautism@peds.uab.edu. Internet access and a web-enabled camera via smartphone, tablet or computer are all that is required. Each session runs 90 minutes. May 19 is the deadline to register.

Children’s of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Children’s of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 “We are excited to work more closely with community providers who care for children with autism across the state,” said Dr. Justin Schwartz, developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Children’s of Alabama and Assistant Professor in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “We believe we can help providers care for children with autism in their own practices.”

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.