UC Davis ECHO® - Pain Management is a peer-to-peer video conference mentoring program designed to support community-based, primary care clinicians in their mission to provide high quality, safe and effective pain care.

The mission of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes) is to develop the capacity of primary care clinicians to safely and effectively manage chronic pain within their communities. A multidisciplinary team of specialists support participating primary care clinicians through weekly peer-to-peer video conferences.

David Copenhaver, a UC Davis anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist, facilitates a video conference session with community health clinics throughout California. Several UC Davis  pain management faculty and fellows also contribute to the video sessions.

Program highlights

  • Weekly, video-based teleconferences from noon to 1 p.m. (PST) Tuesdays
  • 60-minute educational sessions:
    • 25-minute didactic presentation on a key, pain-related topic
    • 30-minute interactive case discussions
  • Each learning and support session provides primary care clinicians with the opportunity to increase their specialized knowledge in pain management
  • Real cases are reviewed with a multidisciplinary team during an interactive session that allows for questions and in-depth discussions (no protected patient information is shared)
  • Continuing education credits are provided through UC Davis at no cost to participants

Benefits of participation

  • Up-to-date, evidence-based training from a multidisciplinary team of experts on all aspects of pain management
  • No-cost continuing education credits to physicians, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, dieticians and sonographer or vascular technicians. Opportunity to share anonymous cases with the team for discussion and real-time feedback from pain medicine faculty
  • Opportunity for one-on-one telephone mentoring with pain medicine clinical team to answer questions
  • Access to a participant-only website with recordings of select video sessions and didactic presentations as well as other resources. Please click here to view sample pain clinical pearls on the Center for Advancing Pain Relief YouTube page
  • Certificate of completion for clinics and participants at the end of the year-long session (Note: This is a certificate of participation and not a certification.)

Sample curriculum topics

  • Introduction to pain and mental health (e.g., outline for the targeted pain medicine interview, affective diagnosis overlay, intersection of pain pharmacology and psychopharmacology, motivational interviewing)
  • Pain management essentials (e.g., overview of pain, pain anatomy and physiology, analgesic pharmacology)
  • Opioids (e.g., responsible opioid use and risk stratification, adherence monitoring – risk assessments, contracts, urine drug testing, prescription drug monitoring program, addiction, chronic opioid therapy equianalgesic dosing, opioid tapering methodologies)
  • Back and neck pain (e.g., examining the lumbar and cervical spine, diagnostic decisions in back and neck pain)
  • Headaches and other pain syndromes (e.g., muscle pain, myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain)
  • Diagnostic testing

Previous session findings

Program fees

UC Davis established agreements with several health plans to cover the cost of participation for clinics within their networks. Please contact us to learn more about how clinics can participate.

Registration is now open for 2017 session

New session begins in January 2017. If you are interested in joining the UC Davis Pain Management ECHO® TeleMentoring Program, please email us at hs-capr@ucdavis.edu to request a registration form.

Click here to access 2017 ECHO Pain Management TeleMentoring schedule.


Contact the ECHO Team at hs-capr@ucdavis.edu.

Comments from previous participants

  • “I think Project ECHO has made us a resource on pain management within our practice. We also work with a lot of mid-level staff, so we’re even more of a resource for them. I think the pain management within our clinic has improved a lot as a result.”
  • “I have confidence in evaluating pain issues, knowledge when making referrals and the ability to make decisions on client care which has the best outcome.”
  • “I thought the most useful aspect of the curriculum was having each subject presented by a specialist in that field who was then available for questions and discussion.”
  • “We have better tools and better plans for how to manage pain patients.”
  • “I feel more equipped to handle pain patients; having additional tools learned through ECHO decreases my anxiety about caring for pain patients.”