Project ECHO for Pain: Pharmacist

Pain BC is seeking an experienced pharmacist with expertise in chronic pain management to join an advisory team of interdisciplinary practitioners for the new chronic pain Project ECHO for BC.

The BC Project ECHO for Pain is a three-year pilot project of ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Based on the University of New Mexico model, Project ECHO provides sustained mentorship and education in best-practice care to health care providers throughout the province, including underserved rural and remote communities. It does this by bringing together medical experts in chronic pain with health care providers via video link. This model has been effective in other Canadian provinces and is in the process of potential expansion throughout Canada. More information on Project ECHO is available here.

The pharmacist will work collaboratively with the clinical lead (Pain Medicine FRCPC), family physician, and other clinical and administrative members of the ECHO hub team. This is a part-time contract position. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with project team to identify ECHO project goals and objectives
  • Participating in the development, implementation, and maintenance of ECHO project objectives and short and long-range plans.
  • Providing clinical expertise to develop and update educational and curriculum materials
  • Collaborating with the hub team to ensure project goals and objectives are met
  • Utilizing and sharing expertise in the mentoring and education of participants using the ECHO model
  • Actively participating in monthly ECHO sessions.

Requirements and qualifications

  • Experienced pharmacist with a current clinical practice and a special interest in chronic pain
  • Current registration as a Pharmacist with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.
  • An understanding of the practice context of community pharmacists
  • A keen interest and experience in mentoring peers, and developing and delivering medical education
  • An understanding of, and commitment to the ECHO model’s values
  • Experience with the ECHO model is not mandatory

Compensation and work context

This is a part-time contract position of approximately 8 hours per month. ECHO sessions will be held once per month, for up to 2 hours, likely in the evening. Ideally, these sessions will be conducted in-person at the Pain BC offices in Vancouver, but it may be possible to join remotely. The remaining monthly contract hours consist of independent work and meetings, which can be conducted via phone and/or video conference. The contract begins in late February/early March 2019.

About Pain BC & Project ECHO

Pain BC is a collaborative provincial non-profit organization working to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 British Columbians living with chronic pain. Our priorities include prevention and early intervention, education and empowerment, health care practice improvement and systems change, as well as stigma reduction and research.

Partnerships are the cornerstone of our organization; we catalyze strategic alliances with other non-profits, government, health authorities, patient groups, research institutions and the business sector in order to advance our mission. Project ECHO for Pain is designed to provide sustained mentorship and education in best-practice care in chronic pain to health care providers practicing in rural and remote regions of BC. It is a collaborative initiative between Pain BC, the Shared Care Committee, and the Ministry of Health.

To apply

Please submit your CV and a letter of intent that describes your experience, educational approach, and how you embody the ECHO model’s values. Applications can be submitted in confidence to

Pain BC invites applications from underrepresented communities, including Indigenous people, people of colour, and people from the LGBTQ2S communities.

This posting closes on February 22, 2019 at 5:00pm. To learn more about Pain BC, please see