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 learning community comprised of specialists and community health care providers who use instructive and case-based learning to gain improved competence in providing care for complex pain cases. Through our ECHO, health care providers can get the help and support they need to provide immediate care to patients with complex pain in underserved areas, such as rural and remote communities.

Our ECHO sessions will be comprised of monthly two-hour sessions. Each session will consist of a 20 to 30-minute instructive presentation from specialists on participant-identified topics, followed by a case presentation, which can be submitted by any participating health care provider. Each session will wrap up with resources and recommendations. Sessions will be recorded and made available to all registered health care providers.

Topics and dates

The current cycle of our ECHO runs from September 2021 to June 2022. All sessions are held from 6:00-8:00PM PT.

  • September 21, 2021: Neck pain
  • October 19, 2021: Movement and pain
  • November 16, 2021: How we talk about pain
  • December 14, 2021: Narrative medicine and pain
  • January 18, 2022: Arthritis and pain
  • February 15, 2022: Navigating difficult conversations with patients
  • March 15, 2022: Transitional pain
  • April 19, 2022: Vulvodynia
  • May 17, 2022: Supporting people with pain who have intellectual disabilities and/or are neurodiverse
  • June 21, 2022: Pain and substance use 

If you have already registered for the current cycle and would like more information on upcoming sessions or how to access them, click here.

BC ECHO for Chronic Pain: New daytime series on opioid weaning

Pain BC is offering a new BC ECHO for Chronic Pain series intended to support primary care providers in improving their clinical practice around opioid prescribing, 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 biweekly one-hour sessions from March-May 2022. All sessions will take place from 12:00-1:00PM PT. To learn more and take part, visit: painbc.ca/daytime-echo

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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Earn CME credits

This Group Learning program is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 2 Mainpro+ 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.

    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 June 2021. 

    Access recordings


    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

    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.