BC ECHO for Chronic Pain

About the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain

Based on the University of New Mexico model, the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain is a free, virtual community of practice for BC health care providers that leverages specialist knowledge to support community providers to provide appropriate care to people living with chronic pain. Through our ECHO, health care providers can gain the knowledge, resources, and interprofessional support to provide immediate care to patients with chronic pain in their home communities.

Our ECHO sessions will be comprised of monthly (for 4 months), one-hour sessions. Each session will consist of a 15-minute instructive presentation from specialists on participant-identified topics, followed by a real, anonymized case presentation brought forward by a participating health care provider. Each session will wrap up with resources and recommendations. Instructive presentations will be recorded and made available to all registered health care providers via our learning management system.

Topics and dates

The next cycle of our ECHO runs February to May 2024. All sessions are held from 12:00-1:00PM PT. *Topics are subject to change. 

  • Wednesday, February 21: Assessment and management of pain after stroke, spinal cord injury, and amputation
  • Wednesday, March 20: Chronic pediatric pain: How is it different from adult pain?
  • Wednesday, April 17: Chronic pain and MAiD: Where do we stand?
  • Wednesday, May 15: Returning to work with pain

Participants are expected to attend all four sessions in a cycle and complete pre- and post-cycle surveys. Certificates for the cycle will only be issued upon submission of the post-cycle survey.

This program is only available to health care providers practicing in British Columbia. Questions? Contact education@painbc.ca

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. A non-CME certificate is available for participants who cannot claim MainPro+ credits.

Application deadline: Feb 11th, 2024 at 11:59 PM PT

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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It's fun

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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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.

 

 Certificate 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.

 

    Access recordings from previous cycles

    BC health care providers can now register to access recordings and resources from previous BC ECHO for Chronic Pain cycles held from April 2019 to November 2023. 

    Access recordings

    Faculty

    The ECHO Hub Team leads the design of ECHO, facilitates sessions, presents instructive lessons and provides personalized recommendations to case presenters. The ECHO Hub Team includes:

    • Dr. Najam Mian, Physiatrist and Pain Specialist
    • Dr. Judy Dercksen, General Practitioner
    • Dr. Michael Butterfield, Addictions Medicine Specialist, Psychiatrist
    • Dr. Karen Ng, Pharmacist
    • Roland Fletcher, Physiotherapist
    • Susan Reid-Schellinck, Occupational Therapist
    • Julie Carlson, Registered Clinical Social Worker
    • Natasha Edney, Psychotherapist 

    Event Sponsors

    Funding for this project was provided by the Shared Care Committee (SCC), one of the Joint Collaborative Committees (JCC) of Doctors of BC and the BC Government.