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 2020 to June 2021.

  • September 15, 2020: Pain neuroscience education
  • October 20, 2020: Creating a comprehensive pain plan
  • November 17, 2020: Patient motivation and goal setting
  • December 8, 2020: Neuropathic pain: assessment and management
  • January 19, 2021: Central sensitization syndromes
  • February 16, 2021: Myofascial pain syndrome
  • March 16, 2021: Complex regional pain syndrome
  • April 20, 2021: Stress, lifestyle and chronic pain
  • May 18, 2021: Psychological treatments for chronic pain
  • June 15, 2021: Regenerative medicine for chronic pain

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

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 has been certified 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.



    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. 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 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.