University of Vermont Project ECHO

About Project ECHO

The Project ECHO model™. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based interactive distance-learning method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico.  The ECHO model™ links teams of interdisciplinary specialists with primary care clinicians.  During teleECHO™ sessions, experts mentor and share their expertise across a virtual network via case-based learning, enabling primary care practice teams to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities.

University of Vermont Project ECHO Dental Series: Treatment of Oral Health-Related Pain

This program will discuss best practices and evidence-based care for treating patients experiencing oral health-related pain. The program will identify strategies, best practices, screening tools, resources, clinical pearls, and emerging topics in the field. The primary target audiences are oral health professionals: dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, certified dental assistants, traditional dental assistants, and expanded function dental auxiliaries throughout Vermont.

This program is offered at no-cost to participants through a Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs grant (03420-08417, SPF-Rx, CFDA 93.243) from the Vermont Department of Health and is a collaboration between the University of Vermont Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program, UVMMC Dental and Oral Health, and the Vermont State Dental Society.

Participants can receive continuing education (CE) credits for each learning session attended.

General questions about the University of Vermont’s Project ECHO can be directed to, clinical/topic-specific questions can be directed to  

July 9, 2021 - September 10, 2021

Treatment of Oral Health-Related Pain

This educational series starts on July 9th.  Please register by July 7th.

This program is free to participants and has limited enrollment.  Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. 

Registration Form

University of Vermont Project ECHO Dental Series: Treatment of Oral Health-Related Pain


                            ** SESSIONS ARE ON FRIDAYS FROM 12:30PM TO 1:30PM **

Session DateTeleECHO Session Topic


Session Materials

7/9/2021Managing Opioids Safely and within Vermont Opioid Prescribing Rules (Charles D. MacLean, MD and Amanda Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS)Slides
7/23/2021Overview of the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS) for the Dental Team (Hannah Hauser, MSW)Slides
7/30/2021Treatment Modalities for Patients with Chronic Orofacial Pain (Jeffrey Crandall, DDS)Slides
8/13/2021Fundamentals of FDA Regulations of Oral Health Products and U.S. Trends for Opioid and Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry (Natalia Chalmers, DDS, MHSc, PhD)Slides
8/27/2021Pain Control to Prevent the Need for Opioid Prescriptions
(Raymond Dionne, DDS, PhD)
9/10/2021Dental Management of Patients with Substance Use Disorder
(Sue Etminan, DMD, MPH)