Taking Interdisciplinary Pain Management into Primary Care

This is a picture of a man with back pain talking to a doctor

Learn to improve outcomes and reduce risk of harm for people with chronic pain through an interdisciplinary model of care. Participants will share their expertise on such subjects as:

  • Deepening the understanding of pain as a complex phenomenon with biological, behavioral, social and psychological elements.
  • Expanding a repertoire of evidence-based tools for managing pain.
  • Facilitating collegial consultations and relationships among participants to improve pain management in the community.


Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Chronic Pain Stigma
  • Patient-Provider Relationships
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Communicating with Dicult Patients
  • The Mind-Body Unit
  • Trauma as a Source of Emotional Pain
  • Physical Therapy in Pain Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Chronic Pain Fibromyalgia
  • Acceptance and Chronic Pain
  • Psychological Assessment of Chronic Pain
  • Meditation, Mindfulness and Reiki
  • Comorbid Psychiatric Disorder
  • Substance Use in Chronic Pain
  • Emerging Treatments
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Exercise for Upper/Lower Extremities
  • Opioid Use Disorder and Chronic Pain Management: Collaborating ECHOs

How Does It Work?

Participants will join an interactive online video conference twice per month. They will share and discuss clinical cases related to such topics as: patient-provider relationships, motivational interviewing, the mind-body unit, trauma as a source of emotional pain, communicating with difficult patients, what physical therapy can do in pain management, CBT for chronic pain, sleep disorder, fibromyalgia, meditation, mindfulness, psychological assessments, chronic back pain, substance use and emerging treatments.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with specialist physicians and other experts
  • Patients get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals

Meet the Expert Team

The interdisciplinary panel includes clinicians in pain management, behavioral health and pharmacy.

Muhammad Farhan, MD, Sleep and Pain Specialist, Truman Medical Centers

Michelle Gates, PhD, Psychologist, Truman Medical Centers

Carly Skjervem, APRN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Truman Medical Centers

Sybil Fowler, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker, Truman Medical Centers

Richard Nobles, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Truman Medical Centers

Azam Chizari, APRN, Nurse Practitioner, Truman Medical Centers

Tony Brenneke, PT, MPT, OCS, Physical Therapist, State Technical College of Missouri

Tashia Cramer, RN, Nurse, Truman Medical Centers

Click here to download Pain Management ECHO flyer.

What Is Show-Me ECHO?

Show-Me ECHO at the University of Missouri is designated as an international SuperHub, meaning the founding ECHO program at the University of New Mexico has certified MU to train other organizations that want to adopt the ECHO model.

In addition to pain management, Show-Me ECHO addresses such pressing health issues as asthma, autism, opioid use, developmental disabilities, HIV, Hepatitis C, genetics, kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes, oral health, high-risk obstetrics and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.