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, 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 current cycle of our ECHO runs from September to December 2022. All sessions are held from 12:00-1:00PM PT.

  • September 28, 2022: Interventional strategies for pain management
  • October 26, 2022: Pain and psychosomatics
  • November 23, 2022: Pain and physical disability
  • December 14, 2022: Pain and nutrition (note earlier date)

Participants are expected to attend all four sessions in a cycle and complete pre- and post-cycle surveys.

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

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

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 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.


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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 2022. 

    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.