BC ECHO for Chronic Pain: Daytime Series on Opioid Weaning

About the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain: Daytime Series on Opioid Weaning 

Based on the University of New Mexico model, the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain is a free virtual learning community comprised of health care providers who use case-based learning to gain improved competence in providing care for complex pain cases. The regular BC ECHO for Chronic Pain series launched in spring 2019 and takes place one evening per month. Learn more here: www.painbc.ca/echo

This limited, noon-hour series is directed specifically to primary care providers around their prescribing and medical pain management concerns and questions related to opioid tapering and opioid agonist therapy (OAT).  

The BC ECHO for Chronic Pain: Daytime Series on Opioid Tapering will be comprised of four, one-hour, biweekly sessions in Fall 2021, repeating in Spring 2022. This series allows for a much deeper dive into the topic than could be covered in the standard monthly ECHO session and will ensure that participants understand correct guidelines and feel confident implement best practices with their patients. 

Click here to view learning objectives and background information on this series.

Topics and dates

The first cycle of our daytime series ran every other week from October – November 2021. The second cycle will run every other week from March – May 2022. All sessions will take place 12:00-1:00PM PT. 

Registration is now closed for the spring cycle.

Note: To receive a certificate of completion, learners must attend all four live webinars in a cycle and complete a pre-and post-cycle survey. Registration will be capped at 20 providers/cycle to ensure a small group discussion. Learners should be prepared to submit a case study for discussion. 


Why should I sign up?

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It's free

 Our ECHO is fully funded by the Shared Care Committee (SCC), one of the Joint Collaborative Committees (JCC) of Doctors of BC and the BC Government.

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It's virtual

All you need is a computer and a webcam or a smartphone.

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Connect with a growing community of primary and allied health care providers (including physicians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and more) across the province to build a community of practice  where everyone learns together with a shared purpose.

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Earn CME credits

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning Program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 1 MainPro+® credits. Learners who attend all four sessions and complete the mandatory evaluations will receive a certificate worth 4 credits. 


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It works for you and our health care system

Our ECHO provides a significant opportunity for practitioners to improve their competence in chronic pain care by gaining help with complex cases, receiving support and mentorship, and helping to reduce disparities in the quality of care for rural and underserved areas.



The ECHO Hub Team leads the design of ECHO, facilitates sessions, presents instructive lessons and provides personalized recommendations to case presenters. The Hub Team for the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain: Daytime Series on Opioid Weaning includes: 

  • Dr. Michael Butterfield, Addictions Medicine Specialist, Psychiatrist 
  • Dr. Karen Ng, Pharmacist 
  • Dr. Najam Mian, Physiatrist and Pain Specialist

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