BC ECHO for Chronic Pain: Family Physician

Are you passionate about social mission organizations? Are you an experienced family physician with a focused pain practice? This might be the job for you.

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.

About BC ECHO for Pain

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.

The BC ECHO for Pain is a 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 by leveraging technology in a tele-education model. The ECHO model is in its fourth cycle in Ontario, has been effective in other Canadian provinces, and is in the process of potential expansion throughout Canada. More information is available here: https://painbc.ca/echo.

Major duties and responsibilities

The primary purpose for the Family Physician role is to work collaboratively with the Clinical Lead (Pain Medicine FRCPC) and other clinical and administrative members of the ECHO hub team.

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 and leading or co-facilitating monthly ECHO sessions

Requirements and qualifications


  • Family physician certified by CCFP, with a practice focused on the assessment and treatment of chronic pain


  • Experience developing and delivering medical education
  • Ideally, experience facilitating diverse groups of health care providers
  • An understanding of and commitment to the ECHO model’s values
  • Experience with the ECHO model is not mandatory but an asset
  • Experience in rural practice is an asset

Compensation and work context

This is a part-time contract position of approximately 8 hours per month. ECHO sessions are held once per month, on the third Tuesday of the month, for up to 2 hours. Sessions are currently conducted via Zoom. The remaining monthly contract hours consist of independent work and meetings, which can be conducted via phone and/or video conference.

The successful applicant will be compensated at the hourly sessional rate for family physicians set by Doctors of BC. The contract begins in early December 2021 and the successful applicant is expected to attend the December session (the date for this session has been adjusted to December 14th).

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 education@painbc.ca. Please also fill out this brief survey to help us understand your background and expertise.

This posting closes at 5:00 PM on November 29th, 2021.

Pain BC invites applications from underrepresented communities, including Indigenous people, people of colour, and folks from the LGBTQ2S communities. To learn more about Pain BC, please see www.painbc.ca or www.facebook.com/PainBC