ECHO Ontario Trans and Gender Diverse Healthcare


Location: Videoconferencing
When: Wednesdays Weekly
Dates: May 2 – June 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Who: Members of family healthcare teams (physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses)

Are you a member of a primary healthcare team (physician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, social worker or registered nurse) working with trans and gender diverse clients? Would you like to increase your competence in working with trans and gender diverse clients?

ECHO Ontario Trans and Gender Diverse Healthcare aims to increase the knowledge and capacity of primary care providers to optimize physical and mental health outcomes including assessment and referral to OHIP-funded transition-related surgeries.

Join us to learn, collaborate and consult with other primary care providers who share a goal of ensuring clients have trans-competent healthcare options closer to home. Apply today!

Why Apply?
  • It’s free. ECHO is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • It’s virtual. All you need is a computer and a web cam, or a smartphone.
  • It’s fun. Connect with a growing community of primary and community care providers (including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and more) across the province and build a Community of Practice.
  • Earn CME credits. ECHO has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 2.0 Mainpro+ credits per session.
  • It works for you – and our system. ECHO represents a significant opportunity to improve individual knowledge and skills and also reduce disparities in the quality of care for rural and underserved areas.
What Will I Be Learning?

ECHO Ontario Trans and Gender Diverse Healthcare developed this curriculum based on a needs assessment and expert consensus, conducted with provincial primary care providers. A flex session has been included in the curriculum to address additional learning needs identified throughout the ECHO cycle. For further information on the development of this curriculum, please contact:

Date Topic
2-May-18 Key processes to access OHIP-funded transition-related surgery
9-May-18 Increasing provider confidence in diagnosing Gender Dysphoria
16-May-18 OHIP-funded feminizing surgeries
23-May-18 OHIP-funded masculinizing surgeries
30-May-18 Supporting clients to meet the WPATH readiness criteria for surgery
6-Jun-18 Discussing informed consent with clients
13-Jun-18 Providing comprehensive post-operative care and support
20-Jun-18 Flex session


What is the Structure of a Session?

Each session consists of:

  • Introductions and announcements
  • 20 minute presentation on a given topic (e.g., Key processes to access OHIP-funded transition-related surgery).
  • 50 minutes of case-based learning, where healthcare providers (Spokes) present de-identified cases to the Community of Practice and receive recommendations from both the specialist Hub team and other community partner Spokes. All teach, all learn.
What is the Commitment?

  • Attend weekly 1.5 hour sessions (one representative from your organization should attend at least 70% of the sessions held)
  • Present 1-2 cases to the group during the cycle.
  • Participate in evaluation activities (e.g., surveys, focus groups).
What is Your Contact Information?

Please email Lucy at !


Hub Team

ECHO Session



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cost?

All of our sessions are free, but require a commitment to actively engage in the peer learning community by sharing experience and presenting cases.

What Equipment is Needed?

ECHO Ontario at CAMH and UofT uses an internet-based video technology called Zoom. Participants can connect to the video sessions through their phone, tablet, laptop, or a computer with a webcam. Technical support is provided.

Is This Only for Physicians?

Any healthcare professional interested in engaging around a topic, sharing their experience, and learning from their peers can attend ECHO sessions. We welcome physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, healthcare administrators, community health workers, pharmacists, and public health practitioners. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Will My Case Presentation Be Confidential?

Only non-identifiable information is shared during the sessions. Our sessions are PHIPA compliant and a secure place to share information.

Can My Client Make an Appointment at ECHO?

Clients do not attend and are not seen during Project ECHO sessions. Instead, these sessions facilitate a way in which community providers connect to specialists and other community partners who help co-manage patients.