Project ECHO for Pain: Family physician

Pain BC is seeking an experienced family physician with a focused pain practice to join an advisory team of interdisciplinary practitioners for the BC Project ECHO for pain.

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 Pain BC's Project ECHO is available here.

The family physician will work collaboratively with the clinical lead (Pain Medicine FRCPC), 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, and leading or co-facilitating monthly ECHO sessions

Requirements and qualifications

  • Family physician certified by CCFP, with a practice focus in 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

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. 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 successful applicant will be compensated at the hourly sessional rate for family physicians set by Doctors of BC. The contract begins in late January/early February 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 folks from the LGBTQ2S communities.

This posting closes on January 25, 2019 at 5PM. To learn more about Pain BC, please see