Advancing Care and Clinical Education

University of Missouri’s School of Medicine and Sinclair School of Nursing in Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and Missouri Telehealth Network are offering a new Rural Preceptor ECHO. This faculty development opportunity provides rural health sites with access to a team of experts in inter-professional team-based care, practice improvement and preceptor development. The expert team will offer interactive and collaborative online learning sessions the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 12 to 1 p.m. for eight months.

Click here to download ECHO flyer. Click here to register your team.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • Continuing education for nurses, pharmacists and physicians
  • Collaboration and ongoing learning dedicated to ECHO’s “All Teach, All Learn” model
  • Sessions consisting of brief knowledge “bursts” followed by interactive discussions
  • Team coaching
  • No cost to participating sites and individuals

What To Expect

Participants will:

  • Sign up with a small interprofessional team from their site (two to four members)
  • Contribute during biweekly interactive video conference sessions
  • Complete a local improvement project during the eight month learning collaborative

Goals and Objectives

  • Apply practice improvement principles to local rural practices
  • Enhance team-based care skills that will advance clinical practice
  • Develop peer networks of support among rural preceptors

Topics for Learning and Discussion:

Practice Improvement

  • Applying improvement principles to your practice and setting achievable practice improvement goals
  • Measuring success of your improvements
  • Engaging stakeholders: Telling your story

Preceptor Development

  • Sharing best practices for integrating learners in rural clinical settings
  • Giving effective feedback
  • Managing time with learners


  • Resolving conflicts and succeeding with difficult conversations
  • Applying evidence based strategies for effective teams
  • Optimizing personal work style and team functioning

Meet Our Team

Carla Dyer, MD, Director of Student Programs, Department of Medicine Hospitalist, University of Missouri

Linda Headrick, MD, MS, FACP, Emerita Professor of Medicine, General Internist, University of Missouri

Kelly Cochran, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist and Preceptor, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Erica Ottis, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist and Preceptor, University of Missouri-Kansas City

James A. Felts, MD, Family Medicine Physician, Rural Track Preceptor, Mercy Clinic Rolla Family Medicine

Christine Heath, MBA, Project Manager-Quality Improvement, University of Missouri