Project ECHO

Main Content

Pediatric Genetics ECHO

Pediatric genetics training with CEU credit for primary care providers

The Pediatric Genetics ECHO aims to improve access to genetic services for children across the state of Mississippi by increasing the knowledge and confidence of primary care providers to identify, evaluate, and manage individuals with genetic conditions. Using case-based learning and brief didactics along with interactive video technology, our PG ECHO program connects groups of community providers with genetic specialists at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in real-time collaborative sessions.  

The Project ECHO® model was developed by the University of New Mexico and has been utilized across the United States and globally to increase capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex diseases whilst dedicating themselves to de-monopolizing knowledge to expand access to best-practice medical care.  

PG ECHO topics include: 

  • Common chromosome abnormalities 
  • Fragile X syndrome  
  • Turner syndrome 
  • 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (DiGeorge) 
  • History and evaluation 
  • Genetic testing 
  • Insurance concerns for ordering genetic testing 
  • Family history and testing for family members 

How ECHO Works 

The PG ECHO meeting is hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform. It is held every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. CDT. Providers will receive case submission links once they have registered as a participant. 

To register for the next meeting or to ask any questions concerning the PG ECHO program, please email 

Free CME Credit Available 

AMA The University of Mississippi School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Mississippi School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Meet the PG ECHO Hub Team 

Mauricio J. De Castro, MD, FACMG
Interim Chief, Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Metabolism
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Emily Boothe, MS, CGC  
Certified Genetic Counselor 
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics  
University of Mississippi Medical Center  

Emily Claire Coates, BS
Genetic Counseling Assistant
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics

Contact Us 

For more information, email: