Cycle 3 of our ECHO will begin on September 15, 2020.
Monthly sessions will be held from September 2020 until June 2021.
Topics and dates:
- September 15, 2020 (6:00-8:00PM): Pain neuroscience education
- October 20, 2020 (6:00-8:00PM): Creating a comprehensive pain plan
- November 17, 2020 (6:00-8:00PM): Patient motivation and goal setting
- December 8, 2020 (6:00-8:00PM) Neuropathic pain: Assessment and management
- January 19, 2021 (6:00-8:00PM): Central sensitization syndromes
- February 16, 2021 (6:00-8:00PM): Myofascial pain syndrome
- March 16, 2021 (6:00-8:00PM): Complex regional pain syndrome
- April 20, 2021 (6:00-8:00PM): Stress, lifestyle and chronic pain
- May 18, 2021 (6:00-8:00PM): Psychological treatments for chronic pain
- June 15, 2021 (6:00-8:00PM): Regenerative medicine for chronic pain
More information on Cycle 3
If you've registered for Cycle 3 and would like more information on upcoming sessions and additional resources that are available to support your learning, please refer to this page.
Accessing Cycle 3 sessions
If you’ve registered for one of more sessions in Cycle 3, you can access the online course portal and live webinars through the link below, or by clicking the "log in" button in the top right corner of this page. Login credentials should have been sent to you via email upon registering for Cycle 3. If you can't find your login credentials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Accessing archived sessions
What is 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.
How ECHO benefits patients
Providers who participate in our ECHO will directly contribute to improved health outcomes for patients with complex pain.
Providers will be able to better support their patients by providing them with improved access to and consistency in pain care in their own communities, rather than immediately referring them on to a specialist or pain clinic. As a result, there will be a decreased need for patients in rural communities to travel to urban centres to access health care, and patients will also benefit from avoiding long wait lists for specialized clinics.
Why should I sign up?
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.
All you need is a computer and a webcam or a smartphone.
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.
Earn CME credits
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 2 Mainpro+ credits.
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.
What past participants are saying
In a similar ECHO for Pain in Ontario, which launched in 2014, more than 200 health care providers participated in 105 ECHO sessions, during which 139 new cases were discussed. Participants were asked to fill out post-evaluation survey, and here's what they had to say:
- 97% of participants stated that “Involvement in Project ECHO was a worthwhile experience” for them
94% of participants stated that they would recommend involvement in Project ECHO to their colleagues
92% believed that the quality of the care they provide their patients has improved considerably as a result of their involvement in Project ECHO
Building a learning community
The BC ECHO for Chronic Pain fits into Pain BC’s laddered strategy for building chronic pain capacity among health care providers in BC:
- The base of the strategy is Pain Foundations, an online, self-paced course for all health care providers, regardless of discipline.
- The second tier of the strategy is providing discipline-specific training for health care providers. This is delivered in a number of ways, including Pain BC’s clinical workshops for allied health providers, the Practice Support Program (PSP) for primary care physicians, and other discipline-specific CME opportunities.
- ECHO will provide a third tier of ongoing support and mentorship to health care providers as they build their capacity to assess and treat people living with complex and chronic pain.
How ECHO works
Our ECHO sessions will be comprised of monthly two-hour sessions. Each session will consist of a 20-30 minute instructive presentation from specialists on participant-identified topics, followed by two case presentations, 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 participants.
ECHO Hub Team
The ECHO Hub Team leads the design of ECHO cycles, facilitates sessions, delivers instructive presentations and shares personalized recommendations with case presenters. ECHO Hub Team members include:
- Dr. Najam Mian, Physiatrist and Pain Specialist
- Dr. Rodica Janz, General Practitioner
- Dr. Michael Butterfield, Addictions Medicine Specialist, Psychiatrist
- Dr. Karen Ng, Pharmacist
- Roland Fletcher, Physiotherapist
- Susan Reid-Schellinck, Occupational Therapist
- Julie Carlson, Registered Social Worker
Join our ECHO
If you're a BC health care provider and would like to join our free virtual learning community, you can apply for free by filling out the form below. 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.